On Wednesday, the saga of the most infamous GoFundMe campaign in history came closer to a conclusion.A woman and a homeless man in the US whom prosecutors claim engaged in a fraudulent scheme that raised $400,000 (£306,000) on the crowdfunding site have pleaded guilty to federal charges.Johnny Bobbitt, 36, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, and Katelyn McClure, 28, of Bordentown, New Jersey, pleaded to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.Bobbitt conspired with McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico to make up a story in 2017 about Bobbitt giving McClure cash for gas when she was stranded along a Philadelphia highway, according to prosecutors.NBC News reports that Bobbitt could serve up to 10 years in prison, and McClure faces up to 20 years.The GoFundMe account received national attention in 2017, and the couple made appearances on television to promote their feel-good story.
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( GoFundMe / bbotson Family )The family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to help restart a search for him.Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage of the light aircraft in the Channel and formally identified earlier this week but David Ibbotson has not been found.A GoFundMe page has so far raised more than £20,000.A message on the site reads: “Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the sendoff he deserves.“As a family we are relying on the kindness of the good-hearted people to help us raise the much needed funds to help us find our beloved dad, husband and son.
On January 21, professional soccer player Emiliano Sala was flying on a single-engine aircraft from Nantes in France to the U.K. for a new start with Premier League team Cardiff City.But his plane never arrived.The small Piper Malibu aircraft is believed to have gone down off the French coast, about halfway along the 300-mile route between Nantes and Cardiff.Sala was the only passenger on board.An official search for 28-year-old Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson was halted on January 24, but pleas from Sala’s Argentinian family, as well as from fellow Argentinian soccer stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero, prompted the launch of a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise cash for a private effort to find the pair and discover the truth about what happened to the flight.The funds, currently at around $400,000, have been used to hire the services of underwater search specialist Blue Water Recoveries, led by American marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns.
A pair of duelling Fyre Festival documentaries—one on the US-exclusive platform Hulu and one on Netflix—are giving viewers a better idea of how a festival-turned-shitshow managed to so badly botch its spectacular promise of being one of the greatest events the world had ever known.While countless people were burned by the scam, Maryann Rolle’s story was one that stayed with viewers.Now, a GoFundMe campaign trying to help right a wrong has raised more than $167,000 (£129,000).Rolle, the owner of a restaurant at the Exuma Point Resort in the Bahamas, discusses her ordeal in Netflix’s FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.Rolle said she had a team of 10 people working for her round the clock—all day and night—making food to feed everyone working on the project.After the festival stiffed her, she says that she lost $50,000 (£38,600) of her own money.
GoFundMe is partnering with Deepak Chopra to launch a different kind of campaigns.The company is going beyond its usual role as a platform and hosting its own campaign to provide relief for government workers impacted by the current government shutdown.The company is partnering with several nonprofit organizations that are providing support to government workers.For now, GoFundMe is supporting ChefsForFeds, an initiative that serves free meals in Washington D.C., as well as the National Diaper Bank Network to help parents impacted by the shutdown.“I hope the shutdown ends soon.In the meantime, please join me and help our fellow Americans by providing some short term relief,” GoFoundMe CEO Rob Solomon said in the announcement.
US government employees and their supporters have been setting up GoFundMe campaigns to get help with expenses amid the partial government shutdown.But now the popular crowdfunding site has launched its own campaign to assist federal workers.GoFundMe on Saturday launched the Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund to help employees affected by the shutdown, now in its 30th day at time of writing.The site partnered on the campaign with author and speaker Deepak Chopra.As of Sunday afternoon, the campaign had raised $50,956 of its $75,000 goal.That was 469 individual donations.
Since the president’s solution for combating these climate change-fuelled disasters is to threaten to cut disaster relief funding for the state, local governments are taking matters into their own hands.The tactic of using herds of goats to clear the flammable dry brush in forest areas has become increasingly popular.Now, the town of Nevada City, California, wants to deploy its own goat army to clean up its surrounding areas as soon as possible.Authorities in Nevada City are attempting to quickly subsidise their preventative measures through the power of crowdfunding and catchy branding.Goat Fund Me, a campaign launched by Nevada City Vice Mayor Reinette Senum, aims to raise $30,000 (£23,590) that will be used to bring in several large herds of hungry goats for the purpose of eating up the wild brush on city land.“We can go out and pursue grants but that takes months, and we don’t have months,” Senum told Wired.
As one of the longtime Arsians on present-day staff, I feel quite safe in saying that we wouldn't have made it this far if not for our community.No, I'm specifically referring to those of you who inhabit the OpenForum.At the time of writing, there are 24.2 million posts spread out across 987,786 different threads, though as the oldest of old timers will remind us, the first few months are missing in action.Despite these moves, every single post since February 1999 should be here and findable with the right search-fu.So if anyone is looking for the full experience, I advise setting aside a day or three and starting here.One poster, after being woken by his amorous-but-misguided cat, found an infestation of ants, which he decided to kill with fire.
The brother of late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is launching a new cryptocurrency in a bid to boot US President Donald Trump from office.Less than a day after having a $50 million crowdfunding campaign for its Impeach Trump Fund pulled by GoFundMe, Escobar Inc. is running an initial coin offering (ICO) for a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, aptly named ESCOBAR.The move is primarily to ensure that no centralized platforms are able to further censor the fundraising efforts of the Escobar estate, which is pledged to be focused almost entirely on dethroning Trump.Escobar Inc. says Trump shut down their GoFundMeAccording to Escobar Inc., $10 million had been raised in just 10 hours in the leadup to the GoFundMe page going dark.“Originally the goal was to raise $50 million just using the GoFundMe platform,” Olof Gustafsson, Escobar Inc. CEO told Hard Fork.
Federal workers have begun asking for help on GoFundMe as a government shutdown nears the three-week mark.Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages, GoFundMe told The Guardian on Wednesday, as they seek help in meeting their expenses.Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries, the paper reported.The campaigns have raised approximately $100,000 in total, The Guardian reported.GoFundMe didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.A search on the site for the term "government shutdown" returned more than 1,650 results.
GoFundMe has returned $403,000 to 14,000 people who believed they were helping a homeless veteran.The crowdfunding site said Monday that all donations have now been refunded, as have processing and administration fees, according to CBS News.A New Jersey couple, Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico, started a fundraising campaign on the site in November 2017 after Johnny Bobbitt Jr. allegedly gave McClure $20 when her car ran out of gas.The campaign's goal was to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt with rent and living expenses.The campaign went viral and raised more than 40 times that amount.However, New Jersey prosecutors said last month that the three made up the story and were actually working together on a scam to raise and split whatever people would donate.
Florida men are seemingly involved in so many strange happenings involving pythons, alligators and restaurant break-ins that when a parody “Florida Man” Twitter account surfaced back in 2013, it became an immediate sensation.The man behind the campaign, Brian Kolfage, formerly ran conspiracy-theory websites, along with a Facebook page called Right Wing News that was shut down by Facebook in October.Kolfage, who is also a U.S. veteran who served in Iraq and lost both legs and one arm, talks at some length about his public service on his GoFundMe page.He also states that he has been on Fox News “many times, [so] you can see I’m credible and a real person.” He meanwhile mentions nothing about his media ventures, telling NBC News yesterday that he doesn’t “want it to be a distraction” to potential donors.We have many very high level contacts already helping.”The page also tells visitors that the U.S. government has accepted large donations from private investors in the past, linking to a 2012 story about billionaire David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, who donated $7.5 million to repair cracks near the top of the Washington Monument.
A GoFundMe campaign wants to raise at least $1 billion to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.The campaign, called "We the People Will Fund the Wall," was launched by veteran Brian Kolfage.It's raised more than $6 million in three days.During the 2016 US presidential campaign, President Donald Trump pledged to build the border wall and have Mexico pay for it, which the Mexican government has said it won't do."If we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jump-start things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians," Kolfage wrote on the GoFundMe page."If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.
Despite the fact I haven’t announced it on Twitter yet (thus making it an official government document), I’d like to inform everyone that I wholeheartedly support the GoFundMe effort purported to be setup to fund President Trump’s border wall.Please consider donating or sharing.I have a public figure Facebook page with a blue check mark issued by Facebook that verifies my identity.For what it’s worth, I legitimately believe that he thinks this GoFundMe will actually fund the wall.I know that’s not feasible for some of you, but as the president himself said “these aren’t people, they’re animals.”I know if I actually believed that immigration and crime wasn’t going down, I’d give every red penny I had to doing whatever it takes to make me think I was helping keep the country safe.
What is Crowdfunding?Crowdfunding is the strategy for business people, innovative masterminds, and non-benefits to get funding.In its essential frame, it is the pooling together of little measures of cash from a gathering of a group that shares your passion and that you communicate with web-based utilizing web-based life.In March 2014 was a major month for crowdfunding and for crowdfunded products.5.7 million individuals have sponsored around 130,000 imaginative activities on Kickstarter.What are the types of crowdfunding?There are four basic types of crowdfunding: Donation, Rewards, Debt and Equity.Any donor who relates to the cause is welcome to donate towards the campaign.Top stages GoFundMe, Fundly, DonorsChoose for Teachers, and Causes for raising assets and making petitions.
The state of the US healthcare system has created a boom in crowdfunded medical campaigns as patients struggle to pay for treatment.In 2017, campaigners raised $930 million through GoFundMe — nearly half of the money raised by the site.Some hospitals have taken notice.Splinter highlighted a recent example in which a woman was denied a heart transplant because of the state of her finances, and suggested that she set up a “fundraising effort.”The patient in question is Hedda Martin, who has been experiencing congestive heart failure after being treated for breast cancer in 2005.Doctors recommended that she get a Left Ventricular Assist Device to keep her alive while she waited for a heart transplant.
The strange case of a US couple who raised $400,000 (around £311,500) on GoFundMe for a homeless good Samaritan appears to be skidding into a surprise ending.NBC Philadelphia obtained a copy of a complaint by Burlington County prosecutors that accuses Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure of conspiring with Johnny Bobbitt Jr. to deceive GoFundMe users into making donations.A source familiar with the case told NBC that D’Amico and McClure had already turned themselves in but did not confirm if Bobbitt had done the same.According to the report, the three made up the story that inspired 14,000 contributors to raise $400,000 (£311, 500) for Bobbitt.In October of 2017, McClure started a GoFundMe campaign that claimed she’d run out of gas on the interstate when Bobbitt, who was allegedly homeless, approached her car.She said that he told her to sit tight and proceeded to use his last $20 to get her fuel.
On Thursday, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in the US state of New Jersey announced formal charges against the three people involved in a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 (£312,000) last year to help a homeless man get on his feet.Authorities said that “the entire campaign was predicated on a lie.”At a press conference yesterday, prosecutor Scott Coffina told reporters that Mark D’Amico, Kate McClure, and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. are all being charged with second-degree theft by deception and second-degree conspiracy.The charges stem from the “Paying It Forward” GoFundMe campaign that authorities say was based on a story that was “completely made up.” While they believe it was true that Johnny Bobbitt Jr. was indeed homeless, they say that McClure’s claims that she’d been stranded on the interstate when Bobbitt appeared and used his last $20 to buy her petrol never happened.According to a handout given to reporters, McClure and D’Amico are a couple who became “acquainted” with Bobbitt about a month prior to the launch of the crowdfunding campaign.He said that authorities don’t have much insight into the planning process or who initiated the alleged scam, but he claimed that in 2012, Johnny Bobbitt posted a story on his personal Facebook page that was remarkably similar to the one presented on GoFundMe.
It looks like a feel-good crowdfunding campaign was actually a lie.Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina on Thursday said an "extremely successful" GoFundMe campaign that raised over $400,000 for a homeless veteran was a scam.New Jersey couple Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico created the GoFundMe campaign on Nov. 10, 2017, saying homeless veteran Jonny Bobbitt Jr. had given his last $20 to McClure for gas after her car broke down.The campaign's original target goal was $10,000 and said money would be used to help Bobbitt with rent, a vehicle and up to six months of living expenses.In the next two weeks, the campaign went viral and was shared widely in the media and online in the US and internationally."The entire campaign was predicated on a lie," said Coffina in a release posted Thursday on Facebook.