Christian funding bought lead pipes, rebar and helmets used in the murder of Officer Sicknick and the attempted murders of members of congress…and so much more..
(CNN) Before Proud Boys member Nick Ochs was arrested and charged in connection with the insurrection at the US Capitol, he raised $300 on the Christian-oriented website GiveSendGo.com to help get him to DC.
I’ve been waiting for someone to do a story on the Christian Crowdfunding website, Give Send Go. It’s the same site that former Trump campaign staffers used to raise $700k+ to cold call voters to try and uncover fraud, which @wbender99 and I wrote about. https://t.co/U8sAV2giFN
— Ellie Rushing (@EllieRushing) January 18, 2021
Following Ochs’ arrest, a supporter turned to GiveSendGo to raise money for his legal defense, a campaign that has garnered nearly $20,000 for the member of the right-wing extremist group.
PayPal blocks Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo https://t.co/0MzGdYG3ra
— The Christian Post (@ChristianPost) January 12, 2021
The campaigns for Ochs weren’t the only controversial causes on the site. A CNN review found more than two dozen fundraisers related to protesting the outcome of the presidential election, raising travel funds to attend the January 6 protest in Washington and other right-wing causes.
- Among the campaigns and their beneficiaries: Ali Alexander, a Stop the Steal organizer who raised money for a “security and administrative team.” As of today, he’s reached 75% of his $40,000 goal on the platform.
- Friends and family of Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, have raised more than $113,000 for his legal defense on GiveSendGo.com. Tarrio was arrested two days before the insurrection at the Capitol and charged with destruction of property for burning a Black Lives Matter banner after a protest in December and with possessing high-capacity firearm magazines.
- Jim Hoft, founder of the conservative news outlet Gateway Pundit, is currently the beneficiary of two campaigns on GiveSendGo.com, totaling more than $135,000, intended to fund an investigation into alleged voter fraud in Michigan and to “take on the tech giant censorship of conservative voices” which led to the attempted kidnapping of Governor Whitmer
- At least five other campaigns that collectively raised nearly $200,000 are tied to self-described Proud Boys members looking for funds for “protective gear,” travel expenses to the January protest in Washington, DC, and medical costs after a December rally in the capital turned violent.