Amazon lists militia-related nonprofits among groups that can receive Smile donations Amazon ‘s Smile program allows users to dedicate 0.5% of qualifying purchases to charities of their choice. Three charities found in an Amazon search tool include the name Oath Keepers.
Three charities that appear to be affiliated to the militia movement Oath Keepers are included on a list of nonprofits that Amazon users can choose to donate to as is part of the Retailer’s Smile charitable giving program . One of the apparent leaders of the Oath Keepers, dubbed an extremist group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, was charged Tuesday with conspiracy against the United States for entering the Capitol building on January 6. Charities called Oath Keepers and Three Percent share names with extremist groups that allegedly participated in the Capitol riots.
Three charities that appear to be affiliated with the Oath Keepers militia movement are included on a list of nonprofits that Amazon users can choose to make donations to as part of the retailer’s Smile charitable giving program. One of the apparent leaders of the Oath Keepers, which is dubbed an extremist group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, was charged on Tuesday with conspiracy against the US for entering the Capitol building on Jan. 6.}
Amazon said on Tuesday that it had begun taking down product listings for merchandise featuring the logos of two right-wing militia groups, after Recode reported on Monday that some corporate employees were pressuring the company to do just that.
Sleeping Giants, an activist group that aims to stop commercial support of right-wing groups, pointed out the Indiana Oath Keepers website in a tweet Tuesday. The tweet focused on the Indiana group’s claim that Kroger’s customers can support it through the grocer’s Community Rewards program. The Cincinnati Enquirer has since reported that Kroger’s pulled the group from the program. Kroger’s didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The Indiana Oath Keepers website says the organization brings together active military personnel, police and emergency responders who swear an oath to protect the US Constitution, a foundational element of the original Oath Keepers organization. It also says the Indiana group teaches disaster preparedness to help prepare communities for emergencies.
In the weeks leading up to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, Amazon employees questioned the company about apparel featuring the logos of two groups — the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters — available for sale on Amazon. And in the wake of the insurrection, which was carried out by some rioters wearing gear from at least one of the groups, some Amazon employees demanded the company take the listings down.
Amazon Smile lets shoppers channel 0.5% of their payments for eligible purchases toward a charity. A search tool for eligible charities include 86 nonprofits with the word “militia” in their name, and three groups with “Oath Keepers” in their name. Another group calls itself the Delaware Iii Percent, or Delaware Three Percent, a name shared with a different extremist militia movement whose members call themselves Three Percenters. The FBI is reportedly investigating members of both groups for their roles in planning and carrying out the insurrection.
Amazon, along with the rest of the tech industry, tried to end its association with any group tolerating or helping to plan the Capitol invasion, which forced lawmakers to flee as e They certified the results of the 2020 presidential election. Following the riots, Amazon has suspended its cloud hosting for Parler , a social media platform popular with the far right.tried delete articles that support insurgents from its retail platforms. The payment platform PayPal, which also owns Venmo, has stopped processing payments for a website that claimed to be funding for people who visited Washington , DC on January 6. Shopify has stopped providing e-commerce services for online stores associated with President Donald Trump and merchandise related to his Make America Great Again movement.
“After yesterday, any products advocating for the overthrow of the US government should be removed from the site,” one longtime Amazon employee wrote on an internal email thread.
As of Monday, Amazon continued to allow third-party merchants to list for sale shirts, hats, and other gear featuring the names and logos of the two organizations. And, according to product listings viewed by Recode, many of the items appeared to be stored in, and shipped out of, Amazon warehouses as well.
One of the Smile-listed Oath Keepers charities uses some of the same logos and art used by the Oath Keepers group that is associated with the Capitol riots. CNET hasn’t been able to confirm a formal affiliation among the groups.
Amazon, along with the rest of the tech industry, has been trying to end its association with any groups condoning or helping plan the invasion of the Capitol, which forced lawmakers to flee as they were certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Following the riots, Amazon suspended its cloud hosting for Parler, a social media platform popular with the far-right. It’s also been trying to remove items that support the insurrectionists from its retail platforms. Payment platform PayPal, which also owns Venmo, stopped processing payments for a website that claimed to be funding people who went to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. Shopify stopped providing e-commerce services for online stores associated with President Donald Trump and merchandise related to his Make America Great Again movement.