Parliamentarians say they want GoFundMe’s cancellation of convoy fundraising to be “politically unaffected.”


Conservative Rep. Reslin Lewis said the government and industry should be independent of each other after GoFundMe canceled a fundraiser to protest truck drivers in Ottawa, which raised about $ 10 million in donations. I am.

“I certainly hope GoFundMe’s decision to refund the tracker convoy wasn’t politically affected. The government needs to be independent of the industry and vice versa,” Lewis said. Says. In a Twitter post February 5th.

On February 4, the crowdfunding platform announced that it would block the release of funds raised for the “Freedom Convoy” protest and instead fund “an established charity validated by GoFundMe.” did. The next day, all donations will be automatically refunded.

GoFundMe said the reason for canceling the fundraiser was because of evidence from law enforcement agencies for “violence and other illegal activity” without revealing the details of the allegations.

John Carpey, chairman of the Constitutional Freedom Justice Center on behalf of the convoy organizers, told The Epoch Times in a previous interview that protesters’ allegations of violent or illegal activity were unfounded. Told.

“I want to see what the evidence is,” Carpay said. “It’s a political spin.”

and February 4th Twitter postMayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, thanked GoFundMe for “heard the plea of ​​the city and the Ottawa police for not funding the convoy organizers.”

“We hope that limiting access to funds and resources will limit our ability to stay in Ottawa,” Watson said.

On February 3, the Public Safety Commission and the Commissar of State Security of the House of Commons told GoFundMe the source of the funds raised and what to prevent the funds from being used to “promote extremism.” We unanimously voted to testify that “protection measures have been taken.” “

GoFundMe’s first announcement to close convoy fundraising and fund charities has raised concerns among some US Republicans.

On February 5, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted that it was a “scam” for the platform to “command” money and pass it on to a purpose of its choice. DeSantis said he would “investigate these deceptive practices” in collaboration with the state Attorney General Ashley Moody.

On the same day, GoFundMe announced that it would refund the donation.

Lieutenant Governor of Florida Janet M. Nunez also expressed support for Freedom Convoy and accused him of canceling his funding account.

Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia said they would investigate whether GoFundMe violated state law.

After GoFundMe canceled the fundraiser, the organizers of Freedom Convoy GiveSendGo.. As of February 6, we have raised over US $ 3 million.

The Epoch Times asked GoFundMe for comment, but did not respond.

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.