GoFundMe and rival site Fundly have both removed funding campaigns for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with first degree homicide after shooting three rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night.
Rittenhouse drove to Kenosha as part of a citizen's militia that formed to prevent further destruction by rioters in the city. Rittenhouse was separated from his group and chased through the streets by a mob. He shot three people who came at him, killing two of them.
Several campaigns on GoFundMe had raised more than a thousand dollars for the teen as of Thursday morning, but were removed from the site for violating its terms of service, which prohibits raising funds for the legal defense of crimes connected with "hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind."
"I can confirm that the fundraisers to support Kyle Rittenhouse have been removed from the platform because they violated GoFundMe Terms of Service, and all donors have been refunded," said Angelique McNaughton, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe.
GoFundMe is actively promoting a campaign for Anthony Huber – one of the men killed by Rittenhouse – calling him a "hero." Huber attacked Rittenhouse with his skateboard and attempted to grab Rittenhouse's gun.
A fundraiser on Fundly raised more than $50,000 in just a few hours on Wednesday, but was also removed.
Christian crowdfunding site Give Send Go still has a campaign active and has raised more than $100,000 as of Friday. The site has indicated it desires to represent both sides of the political aisle and will not remove the campaign.
🔦 Lawyer Lin Wood, who is representing former Covington High student Nicholas Sandmann in his defamation lawsuits against media companies, also announced Thursday that he and the Texas-based Fightback Foundation would be representing Rittenhouse pro bono.