Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating the popular fundraising platform GoFundMe over its decision to shut down the Canadian trucker’s Freedom Convoy fundraiser.
Background: For weeks, the Freedom Convoy has made its way across Canada protesting Covid-19 mandates.
What Happened: On Wednesday, AG Ken Paxton issued Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to GoFundMe to investigate the shutdown of a $10 million fundraiser for the Canadian trucker’s Freedom Convoy.
“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 in a statement.
What Ken Paxton Says: Paxton says the investigation will focus on the protection of Texas consumers.
“Patriotic Texans donated to Canadian truckers’ worthy cause using GoFundMe. This BLM-backing company went woke, froze the funds, & failed to deliver Texans’ money. Today I assembled a team to investigate their potential fraud & deception. Texas donors will get Justice!” he wrote. (per The Daily Wire)
What Republicans Say: Texas Senator Ted Cruz also sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking them to open an investigation into GoFundMe after the company canceled the freedom convoy fundraiser.
“Because when people gave money, they gave money under the promise it would go to the Freedom Convoy, not to whatever left-wing political ideology GoFundMe and other Silicon Valley companies support. They are deceiving consumers and it is wrong,” he added. (per The Daily Wire)