Never let a crisis go to waste, as Chicago muscle Democrat Rahm Emanuel once put it. And, well, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is right there onboard with a scheme to funnel hurricane relief through a radical leftist pass-through organization. One can only ask why.
According to a report in the Washington Free Beacon:
Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) on Wednesday sent out an email encouraging people to donate money for hurricane disaster relief with a list of nonprofit groups that provide aid, but he did not disclose that the links for each group direct users to the website of ActBlue, an organization that helps Democrats raise money and saves donor emails for future fundraising efforts.
So instead of just posting links to the groups he’d encourage charity donations to in the wake of the terrible Hurricane Michael, which devastated his state’s panhandle, he’d like you to funnel it into the capable hands of ActBlue Charities, which extracts a standard 3.95% fee from you for the privilege of delivering your money. The actual charities listed look pretty standard.
Supposedly, going through ActBlue is free to the charities themselves that sign up. ActBlue’s blog says this:
ActBlue Charities is open to any c3 organization that is willing to engage in grassroots fundraising, and whose activity doesn’t contradict ActBlue Charities’ policies and values. Those values include (but aren’t limited to) social equality, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, diversity, freedom of speech, and respect for scientific inquiry, discovery, and data.
Charitable organizations will pay our standard 3.95% processing fee on contributions, but other than that, every single one of our tools – including training and support – is free. We’re usually able to set charities up in a single day. No contracts, no hidden costs.