It probably seemed like an easy way to raise funds for the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas (FMI).
FMI created a charity profile on Amazon.com through the Amazon Smile program and pulled 0.5 percent of some purchases toward alt-right causes.
But, the online retailer put an end to the cash collections by white nationalist attorney Kyle Bristow. As of Wednesday, Amazon shut down FMI’s donation collections by making it ineligible to take part in the charity fundraising program.
Amazon posted a message saying FMI was “no longer eligible” for the program and any funds donated could be redirected to another charity.
It isn’t known how much money the organization, run by Bristow as the legal arm of the alt-right, made from Amazon’s charity fundraising outlet. But, Bristow, in a tweet Wednesday morning, said it wasn’t much.
“It appears @amazon doesn’t like civil rights groups which advocate for the First Amendment!,” wrote Bristow, who has represented alt-right figures in lawsuits around the country. “0.5% of the purchase price of a cheap Chinese product is very nominal.”
Amazon’s move is the latest by online companies and social media to drop, block and decertify figures from the alt-right.
The move brings Amazon in line with PayPal, which agreed to block at least 34 organizations from using its services after an SPLC report highlighted how extremists used the platform to fund the rally in Charlottesville, Patreon and others in dropping racists and white nationalists from their platforms.
And, the organization isn’t without fundraising outlets, though. Bristow is raising money — $230 a month in pledges from 20 patrons ($4,600 monthly) — on the white nationalist fundraising site Hatreon.