Members of the GOP House Judiciary Committee have some strong questions for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to answer. Starting with why is he allowing the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center to decide which charities get approved for the Amazon Smile program?
Smile is a charity program that lets customers decide where to donate money to any of the acceptable non profits that are listed on the website.
In the letter, the Reps. Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Mike Johnson, Ken Buck, and others determined that Amazon’s reliance on the SPLC to decide which charities may become eligible for the Smile donation program confirms that “Big Tech is biased against conservatives and censors conservative views.”
“The exclusion of these conservative groups from Amazon’s heavily-trafficked digital platform leads to less exposure for these groups and fewer opportunities for donations,” the letter reads. “In this way, Amazon’s reliance on the SPLC as a barometer to determine the eligibility of charitable organizations on AmazonSmile serves to discriminate against conservative views.”
The letter also outlines why the SPLC is unreliable, claiming that its willingness to place some conservative groups in the same category as “actual extremist organizations” proves its untrustworthiness and unreliability
You can read the full letter HERE.
“The SPLC has received criticism for its business practices, internal culture, and approach to identifying and publicizing certain ‘hate groups.’ One author called the SPLC’s ‘hate map’— which designates various groups the SPLC considers to be extremist—’an outright fraud’ and ‘a willful deception designed to scare older liberals into writing checks to the SPLC.’ In particular, the SPLC has baselessly labeled some conservative charitable organizations ‘hate groups,”’alongside actual extremist organizations such as neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan,” the letter reads.
The group brings up some interesting points, and you know if it was Hobby Lobby this would be one of the biggest stories in American news if Judicial Watch was handling who got to be a charitable company on Amazon.com
You can read more from our friends over at The Federalist.