GoFundMe has been called to testify in Canada after questions arose about the distribution of millions in donations for the trucker convoy.
On Thursday, February 3rd, members of Parliament voted unanimously to invite representatives of GoFundMe to appear “as soon as possible” at the House of Commons Public Safety and National Security Committee to speak about what safeguards it has in place to properly distribute the now $10.1 million in funds donated to the trucker “Freedom Convoy.”
The elected officials want to know what plans are in place to ensure that the millions in funds are “not being used to promote extremism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate, which have been expressed among prominent organizers for the truck convoy currently in Ottawa,” reported CTV News.
$1 million in donations has already been released to the group by GoFundMe. Organizers say the money is being used for fuel, lodging, and food costs for those participating in the demonstration. Organizers also say any leftover funds will be sent to “a credible Veterans organization which will be chosen by the donors.”
GoFundMe suspended the fundraiser on Wednesday, February 2nd while a compliance review takes place. This means that the campaign can not currently accept any more donations until the organizers can provide a plan for how the funds will be allocated.
“This fundraiser is currently paused and under review to ensure it complies with our terms of service and applicable laws and regulations,” reads a post from GoFundMe at the top of the fundraiser page. “Our team is working 24/7 and doing all we can to protect both organizers and donors. Thank you for your patience.”
As a refresher, you can watch several protesters address their cause, below.