GoFundMe said this past Friday that the protest which is aimed at ending Canada’s mandates was turning violent and so the Freedom Convoy would be blocked from getting the $9 million donated.
In its new announcement, GoFundMe’s wording signaled to many people that the money could instead be given to any group it wanted.
After the outcry, GoFundMe issued a comment saying it would simply give the money back to all donors.
Cutting the financial support out from the protesters did not go well with Gov. DeSantis and others, including Louisiana A.G. Jeff Landry, West Virginia A.G. Patrick Morrisey, and Ohio A.G. Dave Yost.
“It is fraud for @gofundme to take $9M in donations given to support the freedom truckers and give it to other causes of their own liking. I will partner with @AGAshleyMoody to look into these practices — these donors should get their money back,” DeSantis said on Twitter.
Others soon jumped in.
Donald Trump Jr. even called for a coordinated reply.
“All Republican Attorney Generals should be helping people their money back so it can be sent to the truckers,” he said. “Don’t allow @gofundme to scam you. GFM seems to have no issue funding BLM riots… peaceful truckers should also be fine.”
A.G. Yost said any Ohio citizens impacted by this should message him.
“I wish to verify that GoFundMe is not playing God with money that’s not their’s,” he stated, according to WANE-TV.
Yost said that simply because money is being used does not mean his investigation is done.
Does GoFundMe need a deep investigation of its operations?
“While this is a good move, I am very interested in getting information to ensure such things don’t happen in the future,” Yost stated. “Ohioans rely on this platform to do good, and their goals should be respected.”
The crowdfunding platform GiveandGo has since stepped up and was getting close to $2.8 million in funds for the Canadian Freedom Convoy.