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Claim: Donations to Black Lives Matter actually fund Democratic campaigns. Fact check: False


Conservative commentator Candace Owens shared a video Wednesday of someone attempting to donate to the official Black Lives Matter organization. Clicking on the "Donate" button on the BLM website redirects the user to an ActBlue URL. A condition on that page reads "ActBlue Charities is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize charitable giving."

ActBlue is the primary fundraising platform for donations to Democratic candidates, PACs, or 501c4 nonprofit organizations. Republicans have an equivalent online fundraising processing tool called WinRed. Donations at either of these sites go directly to the intended recipient; they are not pooled and then distributed across candidates. ActBlue charges a 3.95% transaction fee on every contribution.

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Claim: Twitter is violating free speech. Fact check: False


Twitter added fact checks to two of President Trump's tweets regarding mail-in ballots. A small blue link at the bottom of the tweet encourages users to "Get the facts about mail-in ballots."

This is not a violation of free speech. For one, the president's tweets are still visible. Additionally, free speech is a concept passed from government to citizen, not the other way around. As a private company, Twitter is not beholden to the constitutional concept of free speech and therefore cannot violate it. Twitter is free to regulate its private platform in any way. Free speech, just like any constitutional concept, only applies to the government.

Furthermore, Twitter's action of sticking a fact check on Trump's tweet is itself an act protected by the First Amendment.

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Claim: Vote-by-mail ballots will create a rigged election en California. Fact check: False

President Trump tweeted another claim about states "illegally" sending ballots or absentee applications to voters. His series of tweets about California specifically say that Gov. Gavin Newsom is sending ballots to "anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there," suggesting that people who aren't citizens are voting en masse.

Newsom issued an executive order on May 8 to send every registered voter — not anyone living in the state — a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov. 3 election. People can still vote in person if they want.

Voter fraud in the United States is very rare. An analysis from a team of investigative journalists found 491 instances of absentee voter fraud between 2000 and 2012. "Mail ballot fraud is incredibly rare, and legitimate security concerns can be easily addressed," according to experts from the Brennan Center.

There is also little evidence that undocumented immigrants are voting in California or elsewhere. David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told Politifact in 2018 that "There's zero evidence of even dozens, let alone millions, of non citizens voting in this or any other election."