Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo has separated from PayPal Holdings Inc. after the digital payment service asked that campaigns used to raise funds for people to attend a rally in Washington, D.C., that eventually led to a riot at the Capitol building be suspended.
PayPay said it also closed the account of Ali Alexander, the director of the "Stop the Steal" movement.
GiveSendGo said it was the one that initially decided to stop doing business with the digital transaction company after it requested certain campaigns be suspended.
"PayPal contacted us about a concern regarding certain campaigns that they wanted to censor," said GiveSendGo Founder and CFO Jacob Wells. "They requested those campaign to be shut down. We told them on a phone call, we disagreed with their stance but we would take those campaigns down. After discussing it with our team we decided to stop using PayPal. We broke up first."
Wells also said that GiveSendGo itself did not raise money for people to attend the rally, but rather that it is a platform.
"We allow people of all different nationalities, religions, political ideologies etc to use GiveSendGo to fundraise themselves, from their own supporters, for the things they are passionate about. We do not allow campaigns that seek to fundraise for things that break the law," Wells said, adding that the company is currently using "alternative payment solutions."