35 Cornwall residents donated to Freedom convoy protest

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By Nick Seebruch
35 Cornwall residents donated to Freedom convoy protest

CORNWALL, Ontario – A database leak from the crowd funding website GiveSendGo has identified 35 individuals from Cornwall who made donations to campaigns in support of the Freedom Convoy.

The names were included in a larger list of nearly 93,000 individuals who made donations through the platform.

The information which was released on Sunday night, Feb. 13, shows that donations to the convoy totalled roughly $8.7 million at the time of the leak, with many donors being from the United States. The largest donation made to the convoy was $215,000 from an individual who was not identified in the leak.

Donations from Cornwall were smaller however. The smallest donation made by a Cornwall resident was $5, with the highest donation being $300.

In total, Cornwall residents donated $2,620 to the convoy protesters.

There were donations from outside of Cornwall as well in the United Counties of SD&G. There were approximately 85 individuals who donated from the K0C postal code area, which covers much of SD&G.

In a statement on Tuesday, GiveSendGo, which identifies itself as the number one Christian crowdfunding site confirmed that it had been attacked by “malicious actors.”

GiveSendGo had previously stated that it would defy an order by Ontario’s Superior Court to stop distributing donated funds to the protesters.

“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,” reads a tweet from GiveSendGo on issued on Friday, Feb. 11.

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 15 Robert Benzie, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star reported that a Progressive Conservative Party staffer had been fired for allegedly donating $100 to the trucking convoy protest.

The ongoing protest which began in Ottawa has spread to other parts of the country, including Cornwall which saw a group of tractors, vehicles, and approximately 50 individuals impede traffic on the Seaway International Bridge on Saturday, Feb. 12.

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