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GoFundMe purports to be an equalizer with “free fundraising for all.” It isn’t. All does not mean all. The crowdfunding platform which launched in 2010 has shut down campaigns created by prominent conservatives and sided with the LGBTQ community against Christian convictions in recent years.

Outspoken right-wing commentator Candace Owens was just the latest example. Her fundraiser for a Minneapolis cafe owner who criticized George Floyd was suspended. GoFundMe said it violated its policies against “intolerance of any kind.” Although it allowed the $205,000 already raised to be directed to the cafe owner, it stopped Owens from raising further funding for him.

Efforts to help Christian businesses have also been shut down by GoFundMe. It halted a fundraiser to help Sweet Cakes by Melissa with its legal expenses after the owners declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding because of their religious beliefs. The bakery had been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple.

That fundraiser appeared to prompt revised policies from GoFundMe — which announced changes in a blog called “Protecting our Community.” It added the words “claims of” and “discriminatory acts” to this portion of the terms of service: "campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts."

Some thought GoFundMe changed the policy because of liberal activist pressure, including Travis Weber of the Family Research Council.

"GoFundMe may want to appear as if it has a neutral policy prohibiting funds from being raised for certain activities," Weber said. "But it is apparent that GoFundMe is seeking to slap several words onto their 'policy' merely to cover up the reality that they actually dropped the [Sweet Cakes by Melissa] Kleins' page because they were scared of cranky LGBT activists."

Meanwhile, GoFundMe has expressly helped liberal groups including pro-abortion Planned Parenthood. In 2019, GoFundMe created the megafund “Fight Back: Protect Abortion Access,” 

Donations to the megafund went to the National Network of Abortion Funds, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU Foundation, according to Marie Claire.

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