American states are increasingly interested in the fundraising of the “freedom convoy” which made it possible to collect more than 10 million $, before its cancellation by the GoFundMe platform.
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For example, the states of Texas, Missouri, West Virginia and Florida have all announced that they are watching the crowdfunding business.
“GoFundMe’s response to an anti-warrant and pro-freedom movement should alarm anyone who uses this donation platform and, more broadly, all Americans who want to protect their constitutional rights,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, revealing that he launched a request for a civil investigation concerning GoFundMe.
Under this request, the company will have to provide extensive information to the prosecutor, including the names of all Texans who donated to support the convoy.
“Several Texans have donated to this worthy cause. I am taking action now to protect Texas consumers so they know where their hard-earned money is going, rather than allowing GoFundme to divert that money to another cause without the approval of the citizens of Texas,” he said. for follow-up.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey offered a similar view.
“In VO, organizations cannot mislead donors and use deceptive advertising practices. If you have been the victim of a deceptive act or practice, tell us about it.
Recall that GoFundMe decided last Friday to put an end to the fundraising campaign for truckers, on the pretext that the convoy has become an occupation movement in Ottawa.
The company initially said donors could claim a refund and any remaining funds would be sent to charities.
This position caused an outcry, so GoFundMe then committed to automatically reimburse all donors.
Since the beginning of the demonstration, the donation platform had frozen the donations received by the organizers of the convoy, while waiting to know how they were going to be used. A million dollars had finally been released at the start of the demonstration, which dragged on for almost two weeks in Ottawa.
GoFundMe’s management of this fundraiser has raised the ire of many Republican Party leaders in the United States, including former President Doland Trump.
According to him, the fundraising freeze is “unacceptable and extremely dangerous in any country that values free expression,” he said on Monday.