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Money was asked to be donated outside of Go Fund Me for Veterans Stand for Standing Rock

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Funds were requested outside of the main Go Fund Me campaign for the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock

  • Last month an urgent update was made requesting money. be donated straight to a Square Cash account

  • The request was later deleted from the campaign

  • The main Go Fund Me campaign is still receiving donations for the trip to Standing Rock that already occurred

Recently Veterans Stand for Standing Rock released a press release to address concerns over money that was raised to send thousands of veterans to Standing Rock to stand with the water protectors.veterans-standing-rock

In the press release, it was announced that Wes Clark Jr. would no longer be a part of the Veterans Stand group. Replacing him would be Michael Wood Jr.

It was also stated that Clark Jr. never had any access to the Go Fund Me account, despite it being in his name. The campaign has raised over $1.1 million out of a $1.2 million goal and is still receiving donations at this time despite the veterans already coming and leaving.

Clark Jr. put a strong focus on the Go Fund Me money, making sure that it was clear he had not touched the funds. However, TDH was sent screenshots of an update to the Go Fund Me account that occurred last month.

An “Urgent Update” was made asking people to donate money to a Square Cash account set up for the veterans. Square Cash is a new way to transfer funds and have them available within seconds. The one problem with this, there is no telling how much money was donated to the Square Cash account.

URGENT UPDATE:

We are asking that all donations for Veterans Stand for Standing Rock now go via SquareCash on our handle $VeteranStand. SquareCash allows for instant access to funds and isn’t charging us the fees or the banking delays of GoFundMe. The movement is THIS WEEKEND and we need cash on hand to accomplish the mission. Please help us Stand in Solidarity with the Standing Rock tribes. Thank You For All Your Support!

www,cash.me/$VeteranStand

Aside from not having a clear way to see the exact amount of funds being collected through Square Cash donations, the update was later deleted from the Go Fund Me campaign.

The request for donations to be made on Square Cash reinforces concerns that the main Go Fund Me was not the only avenue Clark Jr. may have been using to bring in funds.

Wood Jr. said an open record of accounting of the funds would be made public as soon as possible. The open record will show where the $1.2 million that was raised from the Go Fund Me was spent.

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