Forbes reported on June 16, 2020 that the Minnesota Freedom Fund raised $30 million in donations in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
However, the non-profit received sharp criticism on June 16 after disclosing that it paid out $200,000 to help out agitators who ended up in jail. Such big spending has led to calls for more accountability about the non-profit’s spending habits.
In a series of Tweets, the organization tried to rationalize its actions:
“Without jeopardizing the safety of the folks we bailed out we paid well over $200k in the weeks since the uprising alone. We are working on doing more,” the non-profit Tweeted.
— Minnesota Freedom Fund (@MNFreedomFund) June 16, 2020
This fund was set up in 2016 and saw its reach expand in the wake of Floyd’s death on May 25 which kicked off national protests nationwide.
Celebrities, campaigners, and influencers were some of the notable figures who posted links to donate to the fund recently. The fund was overloaded with donations to the point that stopped requesting donations and asking that other people donate to other causes.
Critics complained about the fund not spending more and even suggested that some of the money go towards other causes or small businesses that were damaged in the community. Others defended the organization for setting up in the infrastructure to send out millions of dollars.
MFF latest addressed the concerns of critics in a follow-up series of tweets. They claimed that all bail related to the protests had already been handled.
Critics also took issue with the lack of “diversity” on the fund’s leadership.
Even when leftist organizations go out of their way to promote radical causes, such as undermining bail, the woke Left is still not satisfied.
It’s a death cult that only concerns itself with uprooting America’s social fabric.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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