Nearly a quarter of the millions of dollars raised by the “Freedom Convoy” last winter came from American donors.
For the first time, a detailed picture of the money donated to the cause of protesters who, among other things, paralyzed downtown Ottawa for three weeks has been made public during the Commission of Inquiry into the measures of emergency on Thursday.
Commission lawyer Daniel Sheppard revealed, among other things, that Tamara Lich, one of the main organizers of the convoy, received in her personal account a deposit of 1 million $ on February 2 in the context of the campaign of the GoFundMe site which had raised more than $10 million before being suspended.
In total, Ms. Lich received more than $1.4 million in her bank account, and she was only able to use $26,000 of it before TD Bank froze her accounts.
Overall, the sums collected by the convoy were partly paid into the personal accounts of the organizers, but also to a corporation founded in a hasty way to manage the funds collected.
However, the major part money could never be used by protesters and organizers due to court orders from the province of Ontario that blocked access to those funds as the convoy crippled downtown.
Millions of Americans
Other campaigns launched after GoFundMe's was suspended have also raised a lot of money, this time with massive help from US donors.< /p>
Two campaigns posted on the GiveSendGo platform raised more than $10 million, including $4.8 million from the United States.
In total, about $5.7 million of the $24 million raised by the convoy were donated by Americans, according to the Commission's investigation.
Bitcoins distributed to truckers
On January 27, 2022, the day before the truckers arrived, an Ottawa resident started a Bitcoin fundraiser that allowed him to raise 22 Bitcoins, worth around one million at the time, lawyer Daniel Shepperd revealed.
Envelopes with instructions on how to access the money via mobile phone were distributed on February 17 to 100 truck drivers in the convoy. The total value was $800,000.
The testimonies of three organizers of the convoy, Benjamin Dichter, James Beauder and Tamara Lich, are heard today by the Commission.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128