On Saturday President Donald Trump posted a tweet slamming the fundraising site ActBlue, an organization that is used to raise money for Democrat candidates, over their ‘unemployed’ donors:
Fake Liberal Democrat Donors. Money laundering anyone? https://t.co/BAVgQXUS5n
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2020
ActBlue, created back in 2004, is a nonprofit that has helped raise funds for many Democratic candidates’ campaigns through billions of dollars in small donations.
The Take Back Action Fund, a non-profit founded to make sure everyone is eligible to vote, recently announced their commitment to advocate for secure voting options for those who are medically at risk and cannot leave home due to the pandemic. The non-profit recently analyzed donations made to ActBlue in 2019. Action Fund President John Pudner shared their findings with Fox News:
“After downloading hundreds of millions of [dollars in] donations to the Take Back Action Fund servers, we were shocked to see that almost half of the donations to ActBlue in 2019 claimed to be unemployed individuals. Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes.”
A similar trend as been seen through January and August this year that there was an increase in ‘unemployed’ donors. Take Back Action Fund noted the percentage of ‘unemployed’ donations and compared them to WinRed—the equivalent non-profit for Republican candidates:
“50.1 per cent – of donations made through ActBlue this year totaling $175million have come from 1.8 million people who say they are unemployed.
Last year, 48.4 per cent of ActBlue donations were made by those who said they were unemployed.
By comparison, 4.9 million donations were made through WinRed, the Republican small-donation platform, last year totaling $302million.
Of those, just 4 per cent came from people who did not list an employer or who were unemployed, according to Take Back Action Fund.”
ActBlue’s unemployment numbers are high due to the fact that they claim that most of their donors retired, homemakers or those who self classify as being unemployed. However, Pudner believes that a large number of donors that are supposedly ‘jobless’ are actually foreign power seeking to interfere in the 2020 Presidental Election:
“It is hard to believe that at a time when the US unemployment rate was less than 4 percent, that unemployed people had $346million dollars to send to ActBlue for liberal causes. 4.7 million donations from people without a job… raised serious concerns.”