“We do respect the right of GFM to set their own term and conditions, but buckling to people like those who are trying to utterly obliterate Barronelle Stutzman and Aaron and Melissa Klein for merely having different beliefs is appalling,” said Mr. Scott.
The “Baltimore Protesters Bail Bond Fund” campaign had collected $8,539 from 335 supporters as of early Sunday after being posted Thursday. In the past, GoFundMe has allowed campaigns to keep the money raised after removing those that violate the website’s policies.
“Multiple people who participated in the #BaltimoreRiots are being held on excessively HIGH bails,” said the campaign description. “The #MediablackoutUSA team has created this GoFundMe account to help raise money for these protesters. Hopefully with your help we can reach our goal.”
The campaign has been far more successful than the one launched Friday by the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, which was removed by GoFundMe in less than an hour. In a statement, a spokeswoman cited GoFundMe’s policy against crowdfunding in defense of “formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.”