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Why Darren Wilson's Fundraising Pages Mysteriously Shut Down This Weekend

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Right now, this fundraiser is not taking donations for Officer Darren Wilson. But that could change.
After raising more than $400,000 for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, supporters halted donations on a GoFundMe page Saturday to strategize how to use that money without violating tax rules for non-profits.

Representative Jeff Roorda tells Daily RFT he's trying to determine whether Shield of Hope, the organization managing the donations, is legally allowed to spend the funds on Wilson's legal defense since it is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. Most donors expected their money to pay for lawyers, legal fees and other expenses related to Wilson's prosecution, Roorda says.

"If we find money was donated to the Shield of Hope's GoFundMe and it can't be used for the express purpose it was intended for, we will return it," says Roorda, one of the officials listed on the nonprofit's state records, along with Ferguson police officer Timothy Zoll and Florissant councilman Joseph Eagan.

See also: Petition Asks GoFundMe to Return Profits from Fundraisers for Officer Darren Wilson

If the nonprofit can spend the funds on Wilson's legal defense, it will, Roorda says. For now, that's a question for a tax attorney.

Wilson supporters stopped donations on the GoFundMe donation sites Saturday with no explanation on the site, on Facebook or in the media, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Shield of Hope, founded years before Michael Brown's death to support police officers, may be managing the donations, but it didn't start the first GoFundMe page for Wilson. A teenage girl launched the first fundraiser, which raised $235,550, and asked Shield of Hope to take over after receiving threats, Roorda says.

There's a chance that because the girl, not Shield of Hope, oversaw the first round of fundraising, the money could be used toward Wilson's legal defense. Roorda says supporters are considering channeling the funds through the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15, which supports St. Louis County suburbs, including Ferguson.

The Fraternal Order is a 501c5 nonprofit with different tax rules than a 501c3 like Shield of Hope. There's just one hitch, Roorda says: If the donations to Wilson go through the order, they won't be tax-deductible for the donors.

Roorda says supporters won't reopen the first fundraising page because GoFundMe won't let administrators transfer a fundraiser over to another person or group. However, once supporters hammer out details about how to use money raised in the second fundraiser, which has raised $197,620, it could reopen.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Redd Folks
Redd Folks

Carl you gotten sumn stuck in your ass...admit it!! No black cop did anything..way to lie!!!

Redd Folks
Redd Folks

Nate Graham it's white fags like you that put your head down when you see niggas face to face. You coward hide behind mask,badges,and of course the internet..punk!!

Carl Teague
Carl Teague

Bitch I'm. White and I have been beat and shot by black cops but because I'm. White it don't. Get talked about so stop bitching it happens 2 all colors I wld. Like 2 stick the race card so far up ur ass it will never b used. Again

Carl Teague
Carl Teague

His family. Needs the help what's worng with u people he was a good cop but lets help the man that is on the wrong side of the law why have cops if they can't. Do there job its a damn shame

No_Thugs
No_Thugs

Darren Wilson is a hero.  He did the right thing.

Keita Brown
Keita Brown

Nate you watch fake news for your information or something? You have a lot to say about BLACK people as a whole which does make you a dumb racist, your judging people because of their skin color?

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

When the cop is found not guilty. Then what reason does he have to leave? Is one of you righteous black people gonna kill him cause you didn't get your way? You want to be equal ? Then deal with the FUCKIN process of the law like everybody else. You uneducated stupid black judge and jury shit ain't gonna fly no how no way! But feel free to bring it to the street so that the road to equality can be paved one ignorant fool at a time.

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

He put himself in that position. If he didn't know any better, who the hells fault was that! He brought a cop that could have been smart ,stupid, black, white , retarded, gay , racist, or half monkey, the thing is . He brought his fate too him because he chose to live his life with a chance of gettin killed. Stop comin up with stupid shit over and over or you ILLUSION is gonna get the best or worst of ya. I hope no children hear any of your reasons of why, cause if they look up to your bullshit reasoning. Your the disease. Your ignorant.

Elizabeth Brooke
Elizabeth Brooke

This is so damn wrong in so many ways. I mean that boy shouldn't have been killed no matter what his color was. Color is just a color for ur skin don't make no damn differents. Also no matter what he did he shouldn't have been shot to death then they kept him there to lay with all them ppl around. It's fine to let him lay in the street for everyone to see but his father and mother try to walk up there to their son and u won't let them bs. I mean don't u think its the least they can do they just shot that boy to death. So giving that cop money really for what? I mean really what are we raising money for him for. Being a good cop? Yeah I don't think so. To help him pay his bills why he is laid off work? Well if he wouldn't have shot a boy to death then he would be working so once again I don't think so. What to help me pay for his lawyer to keep him out of jail bc he didn't mean to kill that boy? Yeah right he knew what he was doing and he deserves prison not jail. But I'm sure their not going to put him away. I mean are we really going to raise money for him for killing a boy. If that's right then why not raise money for every person that kills someone. Why don't we raise money for all the muders, rappers, beaters, the kidnappers? I mean if he don't go to prison then why should just us ppl that don't where badges have to go to prison and can't get fundraisers too. I mean why don't bc like I said we don't have badges on. It's wrong and shitty as hell of the police officer, the police officers and ppl that thing it's right and fives him fucking money for doing what the hell he did. So if he gets away with this everybody knows why he did. So we all know what is going to happen with this and it's wrong and I feel for that family but I know they wouldn't stopped me from getting there to see my child after they shot him and left him there laid in the street forever. I would fight all over again once it ended again. I feel so bad for the family. And also it don't matter what color that boy was it's wrong. Also cops give their selfs a bad name no one gave it to them but their selfs just like u give urself a bad name u have to do something to get it right. Look how many shitty cops there is out there. I mean there is good cops out there I know some and seen some but they get bad names bc of the shitty ones that become cops just so they can have the power ya know. But it is what it is and it's wrong as hell.

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

Hey stormy huckaba. Let me give ya some update. KKK, HAS GONE AWAY. YOU GOT IT WORSE! You got common ordinary white people That ain't fallin for no GHETTO excuse for what ya did. That sayin. Maybe ya might wanna get rid of some of your rap heroes that preach hate and death warrant principles. And find out what CD collection the little black thug was listening too to make him think that being a piece of shit to humanity was ok . And if they show up to your "nigga" protest..... hang the motherfucker ! And one more thing. Even though you parents are with a doubt mostly worthless. Wouldn't it be cool if you could find a way to let the real teachers help your kids not be like you! Maybe you dumb assholes will stop killin each other. Might wanna think about it , you keep this shit up, your gonna need everybody you can get. But don't take my advice. I hate spending this much time of my life talkin to fuckin idiots that deserve what's comin. If I could I would trade 500000 of black people like the people in Ferguson for 500 Mexicans, tryin to provide for their family. My name is Nate Graham and I mean everything I say. And I'm not alone.....

calwatch
calwatch

It's pretty obvious that what Shield of Hope is doing is illegal. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4221pc.pdf (p 4)

"A public charity is prohibited from allowing more than an insubstantial accrual 

of private benefit to individuals or organizations. This restriction is to ensure that 

a tax-exempt organization serves a public interest, not a private one. If a private 

benefit is more than incidental, it could jeopardize the organization’s tax-exempt 

status."

There's exactly one person who is benefiting, Darren Wilson. There has to be a class of beneficiaries. It can be as narrow as people who were abducted in Cleveland by Ariel Castro, but at least that was four people. A foundation for the benefit of one private citizen would invalidate the 501(c)(3) status and jeopardize tax deductibility of ALL contributions to Shield of Hope.

Aaron Levinson
Aaron Levinson

So all this money is good for a good cause.......? No lawyer can help him. Just needs Jesus. And that free

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

Don't take my word for it.... but they came from my ancestors. Keep it up . You will find out .

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

GOOD BLACK PEOPLE and human beings sacrificed everything , including their life for all the right reasons back then. FOR YOU LOWLIFE BASTARDS TO BE EQUAL! And it looks like for NOTHING!.... I see you cut off my comments from bein leaked out! Don't blame ya! You fuckin Conn artist

Stormie Huckeba
Stormie Huckeba

How the hell y'all raising money for the killer. KKK every last one of them should me shot dead in the street. This world is sad..

Ann Marie Barry
Ann Marie Barry

Duell Lauderdale, what are you doing to help stop the gun violence in Chicago?

Ann Marie Barry
Ann Marie Barry

I was going to say the same thing! Well said! He should not be rewarded for overkill!

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

And as for Mrs. SHERRI MOSEL MOORE If my kid acted like a goddamn piece a shit. I woulda shot him my goddamn self. Fuck you for sayin what ya did. I'm a vision native Indian from Arkansas without a chance of a casino. I didn't have any help livin in the cotton fields learning how to live with all you out of country bastards . I just was born with the sense to raise my son to be better without a dime in my pocket needed to do it. My ancestors saw their shit bein burned and takin. But they sure s fuck didn't doit themselves CAUSE the white man killed our family!!!! That bein said FUCK YOU AND ANYBODY LIKE YOU! Keep causing trouble, you'll get to know what the white man can do about it . Only this time they will have a good goddamn reason!!!

Nate Graham
Nate Graham

Hey I didn't burn down my town and steal shit for no fuckin reason at all. If that kid woulda treated anybody in my family like he did those people in that store. I would just now be gettin d one with him. Bein a cop or not don't mean shit to me. Or bein called a racist or bein called any fuckin thing! If I'm a fuckin racist cause I don't like what BLACK people did to their home town based on a lousy excuse as what happened in Ferguson. Then you goddamn right I guess I am! I ain't crazy about no cops, but I sure as hell don't like any people like the blacks that pulled that shit in Ferguson. Honey kiss my white ass! THIEF!

Ksmith Wash
Ksmith Wash

#StopKillerCops #StopKillerCops #StopKillerCops #StopKillerCops #ArrestDarrenWilson #ArrestDarrenWilson #ArrestDarrenWilson #ArrestDarrenWilson

Krystol D. Trice
Krystol D. Trice

I have never called him a kid, but he's young enough to be my kid. I call him a young man or teenager. Actually he didn't rob the store, he paid for those cigars. The police's cut of the store video doesn't show you that though. Officer Darren Wilson didn't stop him for being a robbery suspect. So it's looks like he got hot-headed over someone not doing what he told them to do.

Krystol D. Trice
Krystol D. Trice

The admins for the fund finally felt guilty for accepting blood money--I mean donations from bigots and crooked cops.

eclark53
eclark53

Well, they shall return the money.  501(c)3 corporations have to spend the money for the good of society not simply on one person.  Like the Red Cross - helps many victims of tragedies,  The Cancer Society, funds research to help millions of Cancer patients.  The United Way provides money to agencies that serve certain public needs. The Kidney Foundation provides renal research and assist kidney patients.  All of these organizations provide for some good for the community.  I know of no 501(c)3 Corporation that provides services for just one person. Those are gifts but certainly not tax deductible.

It appears that all the money will have to be returned.


Chris Mccrary
Chris Mccrary

Lmfao. Freeloaders of Ferguson get the money. Ive heard it all now.. Get a fucking job.. Ridiculous..

Kristy Hamm Arvin
Kristy Hamm Arvin

That is a terribly racist thing to say, shame on you. You have hate in your heart, I feel bad for anyone like you.

David Lakine
David Lakine

Yeah we will keep up with this story....this money should go to the citizens of Ferguson.

Holly Bugg Howerton
Holly Bugg Howerton

\U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f glad it was halted. There's 3 Sides To the Story. Mike's Side. Officer Wilson's Side. And God's Side. and Mike died and he can't tell his and now NOBODY will EVER know the real truth. And that's truly sad! Smh Rip Mike!

mrtla691
mrtla691

? Are the JEWS the

Druids? 
The letter J is only 500+ years old. 
The Druids vanished and the Jews show up? YES the Jews are Europeans so why are they so set on the Middle East?

mrtla691
mrtla691

Officer Wilson will turn State Witness to get that time reduce. Thanks to Officer Wilson it will be a lot more indictments handed out when the investigation is finished. 

THANKS 


Sheri Mozel Moore
Sheri Mozel Moore

Nate Graham so if it was your kid he deserved to be killed? No one deserves to die especially a kid.

Shameke Haynes
Shameke Haynes

I'm not a Darren Wilson supporter but I also am not a "cop hater" as I have an older brother who is a detective. With that being said, I don't understand what the hell are people raising money for him for? He is on paid leave and Im sure due to this being a high profile case his legal fees will be accounted for. If you are supporting him or cops in general how about, as someone said earlier, place money in a fund for families of fallen or hurt officers on his behalf. I'm sure he doesn't need the money and I doubt he will send it where it is needed rather than keeping it for himself.

Killian Walsh
Killian Walsh

I was never clear why $ was being raised for him..

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

they get paid to arrest beggars and do it on their own?

Kara Eden
Kara Eden

Hold your breath for that, would ya Redd??

Kara Eden
Kara Eden

I've never seen a kid strong arm a clerk and rob blunt wraps from him....must have been one hell of a big child.

lil_mama62014
lil_mama62014

Haters gon' hate.  #TeamOfficerWilson

Some people get mad about something they feel is unjust and they rally up their posse and they break windows and burn buildings and ruin their own community.  Other people get mad about something they feel is unjust and rally up their own posse and quietly collect donations and nothing gets burned down or broken and all is well.  But hey - no reason to be so bitter.  Some of you got some free Nike's out of the deal, right?

Redd Folks
Redd Folks

Eye for an eye...and duell if that's your profile pict with that nappy head (as the whites you're siding call it) Duell when they give you a taste of white justice don't you run your little Patsy(she starred in 12 years a slave) looking self back to the black community crying for our support house niggers..

Jamie Watson
Jamie Watson

Yall some damn clowns kkk and anyone else who support bullshit. Ignorance is bliss and so are u racist bitches...ijs...

Alyssa Stukenbroeker
Alyssa Stukenbroeker

IF you want other people to suffer, instead of finding a peaceful solution and change...then you are equally as guilty.

above_excuses
above_excuses

$235,000 was raised without attachment to Sheild of Hope, so there's nothing that needs to be done there. That will be passed to the officer as it's not attached to any (501c). He will have to treat it as income and pay taxes on it, in the same way the money raised for Mr. Brown's parents will. Even though it's called a memorial fund, the attorney explicitly wrote it was for living expenses. So I'm sure all the government agencies up to the IRS are standing in line for their cut from BOTH funds which is even more sad. Pretty sure taxes were already paid on all that money that is close to a million now between the two.

The $170,000 raised through Shield of Hope will be put in an escrow account in the event Wilson needs an attorney. If not, the funds will likely be returned to the donor with the option to send the money directly to Wilson or not. (Shield of Hope is just the local Fraternal Order of Police).

eclark53
eclark53

I beg to differ with you. Dorian Johnson who was walking with Mike certainly knows the entire scenario of events from start to Mike's death.

eclark53
eclark53

@mrtla691 I surely hope you are right. 

eclark53
eclark53

I doubt whether he will get the money.  That’s because donations to the legal defense fund are not tax deductible. The fund is not a charitable entity – nor could it be. To be charitable, an organization generally has to benefit a CLASS OF PERSONS, not an individual. 

If it’s not tax deductible, then what is it? It’s a gift. With a cash gift, there is no federal income tax consequence to the recipient. Cash gifts include checks and payments received through third party processors like PayPal.

Now it is going to be interesting to see what happens since this money was solicited via a Non-Profit 501(c)3 corporation (Shield of Hope) and the donors got a tax write-off for their gift.

You can run, but you cannot hide.  You can get by, but you cannot get away.  Darren Wilson killed that child for no reason, he shall not be the recipient of any good.  And, he really needs the $500K to save his hind parts.  His legal fees will be astronomical.  So back to the drawing board, come up with Option 2.

eclark53
eclark53

The money was raised to pay his astronomical legal bill and living expenses in hiding.

You know it never ceases to amaze me how a man can get out of his car and shoot at a man 11 times, striking him 6 times and then run home and hide saying he is scared for his life. SMH  Can you believe this?

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