Tag Archives: GoFundMe

NJ Man In Infamous GoFundMe Scam Gets Five Years

The Daily Beast reports: A New Jersey man who raised $400,000 on GoFundMe with a fake story about a homeless man has been sentenced to five years in prison. Mark D’Amico, who pled guilty to misapplication of entrusted property in 2019, will serve time in New Jersey state prison concurrent with his previous 27-month federal sentence, county prosecutors said Friday. …

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Man Gets 27 Months In Infamous GoFundMe Scam

The Associated Press reports: A New Jersey man who conspired with his then-girlfriend to cook up a feel-good story about a helpful homeless man and then used the lie to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations online was sentenced in federal court Friday to more than two years in prison. Mark D’Amico will also have to serve three …

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DeSantis Vows To Investigate GoFundMe For “Fraud” Even Though Anti-Vaxxers Are Getting Their Refunds

Reuters reports: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Saturday it was fraud for GoFundMe to “commandeer” $9 million in donations sent to the Freedom Convoy in support of the truckdrivers and said he would work with his state’s attorney general, Ashley Moody, to investigate. “(T)hese donors should be given a refund.” But hours before DeSantis posted his statement on Twitter, …

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GoFundMe Cancels $10M Drive For Anti-Vax Truckers

The CBC reports: The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe says it will stop payments to the organizers of Freedom Convoy 2022 because the protest violates its rules on violence and harassment . The company announced its decision in a blog post Friday evening, just two days after it froze disbursements of the fund. “GoFundMe supports peaceful protests and we believe that was …

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GoFundMe: Campaigns For Rittenhouse Are Now Okay

Posted this afternoon to GoFundMe’s corporate blog: GoFundMe’s Terms of Service prohibit raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime. In light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, we want to clarify when and why we removed certain fundraisers in the past. Once charges for a violent crime were brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020, GoFundMe removed fundraisers …

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There’s A GoFundMe For The Late Fox News Producer

The Hill reports: A GoFundMe account for the family of a Fox News and Fox Business Network producer who died of coronavirus over the weekend has raised nearly $70,000 in less than 24 hours. Eric Spinato, who worked as a booking producer, story editor and in several other roles during two stints with the network dating back to 1998, died …

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GoFundMe Halts “Intolerant” Candace Owens Money Beg For Alabama Man Who Called George Floyd “Thug”

The Hill reports: GoFundMe has suspended a fundraiser established by conservative activist Candace Owens for a café co-owner who called the late George Floyd a “thug,” saying her campaign violated its policies on “intolerance of any kind.” Owens had raised more than $200,000 for the Parkside Café in Birmingham, Ala., after co-owner Michael Dykes sparked backlash by insulting Floyd and …

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Blimp Slasher: GoFundMe Is Canceling My Money Beg UPDATE: GoFundMe Says Campaign Remains Active

Birmingham’s ABC News affiliate reports: A GoFundMe that had been set up to help with the legal fees of a Tuscaloosa man who destroyed a caricature of President Donald Trump over the weekend has apparently been flagged. In a message posted on the GoFundMe page “Restitutions [sic] for Baby Trump Stabber” Monday, organizers released the following statement: “We have been …

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GoFundMe Drive Launched To Help Gun Shop Used By Gilroy Shooter Defend Against “Frivolous Lawsuits”

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports: The Northern Nevada gun dealer who sold the gun used by the shooter in the Gilroy, California, mass shooting said on his Facebook page that he is facing “in theory, a minimum of 15 lawsuits” from victims of the shooting. The post and ensuing comments, posted Tuesday but since deleted, went on to speculate that the …

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GoFundMe Shuts Down Page For Anti-LGBT Rugby Star

The BBC reports: A controversial fundraising page set up by sacked Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been shut down for promoting the exclusion of LGBT people, website GoFundMe says. Folau had his contract with Rugby Australia (RA) terminated in May after he said that “hell awaits” gay people. He asked for public donations to help him with a legal …

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GoFundMe Bans Anti-Vax Messaging Campaigns

The Daily Beast reports: Anti-vaxxers have long used GoFundMe to raise money to spread their dangerous message—but now the site is cutting them off, The Daily Beast has learned. “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” spokesman Bobby Whithorne told The Daily Beast. Last week, the American …

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NBC News: That Private GoFundMe Border Wall Drive Is Likely Just A “Shadowy Email Harvesting Operation”

NBC News reports: The GoFundMe fundraiser that promised to help privately fund President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall spanning the length of the U.S.-Mexico border surpassed $20 million dollars in donations this week. But the man behind it — Brian Kolfage, a rising conservative media star — may have had another goal. Through his border-wall campaign, he claims to …

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GoFundMe Border Wall Guy: We’re Building It Ourselves

Via press release: Heartened by the overwhelming support of fellow Americans who have donated over $20 million to the viral GoFundMe campaign “We the People Will Fund the Wall,” war hero and triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage announced the launch of a 501(c)4 called “We Build the Wall, Inc.” which will fund the private construction of a wall along the United …

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The GoFundMe Wall Guy Is A Fake News Kingpin

NBC News reports: An internet fundraiser for Donald Trump’s border wall took in more than $7 million from over 131,000 donors by early Thursday evening. The Florida man behind the GoFundMe page, a triple-amputee Iraq War veteran named Brian Kolfage, spent a large portion of the fundraising campaign’s description outlining his past, including a bolded section titled “How do you …

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Veteran’s Border Wall GoFundMe Raises $3 Million

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. But as the question of money for his campaign proposal once again roils Congress, one man thinks he may have found a solution: Crowd-funding. Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old Florida resident who was severely wounded in the Iraq war, has started a …

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GoFundMe Drive Nets $100K For Lesbian Athlete Rejected By Parents, NCAA Rules Donations Are OK

NBC News reports: A GoFundMe campaign to support college athlete Emily Scheck [above right], who was disowned by her family after they discovered she had a girlfriend, surpassed $100,000 on Tuesday — well over the initial $5,000 goal, leading Scheck to end the campaign. “Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support in this difficult time,” Scheck said …

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Charges Filed In Viral $400,000 GoFundMe Campaign: Couple Conspired With Homeless Man To Invent Story

NBC News Philadelphia reports: A New Jersey couple accused of scamming a homeless good Samaritan out of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of an online fundraiser that went viral a year ago had initially conspired with him to concoct a “fictitious story,” prosecutors allege. A complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia says couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure made …

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Allies Raise $700K+ For Christine Ford On GoFundMe

CBS News reports: Two GoFundMe accounts made on behalf of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her family have raised over $700,000 in donations for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. “Cover Dr. Blasey’s security costs,” has surpassed its $175,000 goal and raised over $200,000 in nine days. The GoFundMe campaign was created by Heidi Feldman on behalf of …

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Michael Cohen’s GoFundMe Raises $150K In 48 Hours

The Associated Press reports: By Friday morning, the GoFundMe page dubbed the “Michael Cohen Truth Fund” had raised more than $149,000 from about 2,770 donations. Most reaction on social media was incredulous and unsympathetic, but one $5 donor was encouraging, writing: “The USA would love you for your honesty.” Confusion over the web address for the fundraising page, michaelcohentruthfund.com, led …

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Fired FBI Agent’s GoFundMe Hits $328K In One Day

USA Today reports: Who says sending anti-Trump texts to your girlfriend doesn’t pay? Sure, such texts cost Peter Strzok his 22-year career with the FBI, but they also seem to have garnered the former agent a lot of support – enough to raise more than $300,000 for his legal expenses in one day on a GoFundMe page. The page, launched …

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