GiveSendGo — the Christian crowdsource fundraising platform that stepped up when GoFundMe shut down Freedom Convoy payments — has a defiant message for the Canadian government that wants to ‘freeze’ its funds.
It’s not happening. GiveSendGo had the following retort:
Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022
“Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo,” the company wrote. “All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”
GiveSendGo, based out of Delaware, is not subject to Canadian jurisdiction. However, the company is responding to a court order that aims to freeze access to funding the Freedom Convoy movement.
“The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted a request from the provincial government to freeze access to millions of dollars donated through online fundraising platform GiveSendGo to the truckers’ convoy protesting COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa and at several border crossings,” the CBC reported on Thursday.
The premier for Canada’s most populous province, Doug Ford, issued the following statement:
“Today, the Attorney General brought an application in the Superior Court of Justice for an order pursuant to section 490.8 of the Criminal Code prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages on the GiveSend Go online fundraising platform.”
“This afternoon, the order was issued,” the premier said. “It binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations.”
The GiveSendGo campaign for Freedom Convoy 2022 had just cleared 8.4 million dollars.
GoFundMe has seized more than $10 million in funds for Freedom Convoy 2022 that was intended to fund truckers standing up for Canadians’ human rights. The left-wing crowdsourcing platform claimed that the “peaceful demonstration has become an occupation” now.
The Ottawa Police department claimed responsibility for telling GoFundMe to shut it down.
GoFundMe states that it is allowing refunds or permitting the money to be sent to “credible charities.” The platform does has a message for people to “submit a request” to get their donations back.
State attorney generals are now investigating crowd-sourcing platform GoFundMe for alleged fraud for claiming the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraisers had violated its Terms of Service. They might need to add human rights complaints against the Canadian provincial governments for blocking peaceful protesters from exercising their rights.
Jacob Wells, GiveSendGo founder and CEO, has slammed GoFundMe and Big Tech for their “authoritarian style of social platforms.”
“Big Tech really has taken it upon themselves to be the arbiters of truth. And it’s a place that they were never intended to be, and it’s caused more damage than good,” Wells told Fox News Digital. “We are now stepping into that place because there is a natural pushback from many people because America was founded on these ideas of freedom.”
“This is like the tip of the spear and what is coming in a tsunami of technology that is pushing back against this authoritarian style of social platforms where it’s like these people just think that they get to control the narrative,” he said. “It’s mind-blowing to me that they actually think that is the way that it ought to be, because in my perspective, it only breeds more distrust and more vitriol, more divide.”
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