Why The Minnesota Freedom Fund Is A Target After Raising Millions - 2020-06-17
A tiny Minnesota nonprofit was caught at the center of an online firestorm Tuesday after left-wing activists and right-wing agitators both attacked a disclosure that the group had so far spent just $200,000 of some $35 million raised for a bail fund.
After three tumultuous weeks, the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a small local bail fund started in 2016, has found itself at the nexus of a massive surge in online fundraising and online misinformation about Black Lives Matter groups. A slew of far-right accounts boosted widespread fears of money stolen from the pockets of black organizers. The number "35 million" started trending. So did "#wheresthemoney."
There was a simple explanation for the relatively small sum that the Minnesota Freedom Fund had spent on bail so far, said Jared Mollenkof, a board member: The group has had just a few weeks to build out a tiny operation.