GoFundMe’s funding platform announced on February 5 that it will automatically refund donations to Canada’s trucking fleet protesting the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine after the rebound.
GoFundMe said Friday that it was preventing funds from being sent to the organizers of Freedom Convoy and instead sending them to “an established charity validated by GoFundMe.”
Justification of anomalous movement? “Now there is evidence from law enforcement agencies that previously peaceful demonstrations have been occupied and violence and other offenses have been reported to police,” GoFundMe said.
The website did not provide evidence of alleged violence or misconduct.
John Carpey, president of the Constitutional Freedom Justice Center, a legal group representing the organizers of the convoy, said the funding company was “unreliable” without disclosing evidence. Told to. The organizer said in a briefing that police officers are trying to deprive truck drivers of “the right to peaceful gatherings and freedom of expression” by using the means commonly used by “oppressive regimes”. Media reports and authorities mistakenly linked protesters to crimes committed by outsiders.
In a Saturday update, GoFundMe, who did not respond to a request for comment, claimed that donors could already get a refund and only the rest of the money would be distributed to charities.
“But feedback from donors simplifies the process. All donations are automatically refunded directly. Donors do not need to submit a request. Refunds are expected within 7-10 business days. “The company said.
GoFundMe’s actions have been scrutinized, especially in the light of platforms that enable campaigns for people previously involved in violence.
Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis said it was a “scam” for GoFundMe to command $ 9. [million] With donations sent to help truck drivers and give it to their own chosen purpose. “
“We should give refunds to these donors to investigate these deceptions,” DeSantis said in collaboration with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a top Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, also indicated that the panel could be investigated.
“GoFundMe advertised the CHOP zone occupied by ANTIFA in Seattle, but they stopped fundraising for truck drivers protesting the #COVID order. I have a question,” he told Twitter. wrote.
The Optimus Prime organizer recently asked GoFundMe rival GiveSendGo to raise money. As of Saturday, nearly $ 933,000 was donated to GiveSend Go, but the website went down after the hack was reported.
Omid Ghoreishi contributed to this report.