GoFundMe pulls viral campaign that promised to uncover 'voter fraud' without evidence of voter fraud

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The campaign raised over $200,000 and suggested voter fraud in battleground states without providing evidence. Many viral claims of voter fraud have been debunked this week.
The online crowdfunding company GoFundMe removed a viral campaign which could be read to imply the existence of widespread voter fraud Friday, placing itself firmly in the role of attempting to dispel election misinformation.

As the U.S. presidential election vote count continued to drag on Friday afternoon, and the Trump campaign worked to delegitimize ballots, a parallel campaign was going viral on the fundraising platform — pulling in well over $200,000 from thousands of contributors. The goal was not some charitable cause, or to cover an unjust medical bill, but rather to uncover possible "voter fraud" in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. (There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.)

"This fundraiser violates GoFundMe's terms of service," a GoFundMe spokesperson explained over email. "This fundraiser attempts to spread misleading information about the election and has been removed from the platform. All donors will be fully refunded."

As of late Friday, the now-deleted campaign, titled "Voter Fraud Detection: AZ, GA, MI, NC, NV, PA, WI," had raised $219,305 from approximately 3,700 donors. It promised to use the money to investigate alleged voter…
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