IRS Complaint Filed Against Group Which Raised Millions During #NoDAPL Protests

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Protesters to the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — Various anti-pipeline groups raised tens of millions of dollars during the violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in southcentral North Dakota.

One of the groups which raised millions of that total is called the Freshet Collective. They told donors the money given would be used to pay the legal expenses of activists arrested during the protests.

It’s hard to tell just how much, specifically, was donated to the group, but a total listed on the group’s public account on the crowdfunding site Fundrazr is over $3 million.

The group also collected money through services like Paypal for which there isn’t a publicly disclosed amount, so I would assume the total the group took in is significantly more than that.

Now a complaint has been filed with the IRS over Freshet Collective’s fundraising activities.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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