As government officials and corporations across the nation target citizens who do not want to get forcibly injected with coronavirus vaccines, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is responding to one major company.
On Wednesday, Paxton “issued Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to GoFundMe Inc. to investigate potential violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA),” according to a press release. “The crowd-funding platform’s integrity has come into question after it removed a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign for the Canadian truckers ‘Freedom Convoy’ which is protesting vaccine mandates.”
Indeed, citizens had raised more than $10 million to aid the truckers at the U.S.-Canada border who are protesting forced injections, but GoFundMe eliminated the campaign, claiming the rally “has become an occupation.” The corporation was also originally going to divert the donated money elsewhere.
“At the request of [Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau], @GoFundMe has just stolen $9,000,000 from the truckers,” posted Canadian journalist Ezra Levant. “Rather than automatically refunding it to the donors, they say they’re going to give it to groups of their own choosing. What a windfall for Black Lives Matter, Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood!”
However, after public outcry and threats of fraud investigation by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Paxton, GoFundMe changed their mind.
“The update we issued earlier…enabled all donors to get a refund and outlined a plan to distribute remaining funds to verified charities selected by the Freedom Convoy organizers,” GoFundMe said. “However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process. We will automatically refund all contributions directly – donors do not need to submit a request.”
Citizens have also called out GoFundMe for their hypocrisy. The corporation allowed and even publicly promoted fundraising campaigns for the infamous Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in 2020, where Antifa rioters took over and occupied a section of downtown Seattle for a month. Violence broke out in the “cop-free zone” and several people, including two minors, were murdered.
“Double-standard?” posted Tesla and Space-X CEO Elon Musk.
“@gofundme supported & allowed fundraising for leftist occupations. They allowed the ‘PDX Protest Bail Fund’ to raise nearly $1.4m for violent criminal suspects,” wrote independent journalist Andy Ngo.
“@GoFundMe allowed money to go to bailing violent BLM rioters out of jail… but now denies the peaceful Freedom Convoy their funds,” added media personality Tim Young.
AG Paxton is now requiring GoFundMe to hand over a variety of relevant documents, including “evidence of any ‘occupation’ or other non-peaceful protest, which became the basis of your removal of the Freedom Convoy Fundraiser”; records and communications on the 2020 CHOP protest; and correspondences with Canadian and U.S. government officials on both of the matters.
“GoFundMe’s response to an anti-mandate, pro-liberty movement should ring alarm bells to anyone using the donation platform and, more broadly, any American wanting to protect their constitutional rights,” Paxton said. “Many Texans donated to this worthy cause. I am acting to protect Texas consumers so that they know where their hard-earned money is going, rather than allowing GoFundMe to divert money to another cause without the consent of Texas citizens.”