GoFundMe Blocks Fundraiser for Mail Carrier ‘Whistleblower’ in Pennsylvania
Journalist James O’Keefe reported the news on Sunday
Richard Hopkins, the “whistleblower” mail carrier who claims he was instructed to collect late ballots, has had his GoFundMe account put on “hold,” unable to withdraw funds.
Journalist James O’Keefe reported the news on Sunday after Hopkins received thousands of donations after being fired.
The instruction to collect late ballots was with the likely intent from Postmaster Rob Weisenbach to backdate the votes.
Hopkins signed an affidavit under the penalty of perjury after making the claims.
"BREAKING: [GoFundMe] has flagged [USPS] Whistleblower Richard Hopkins campaign after raising nearly $120,000 in 24 hours,” O’Keefe said.
BREAKING: @gofundme has flagged @USPS Whistleblower Richard Hopkins campaign after raising nearly $120,000 in 24 hours.— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 8, 2020
“Your fundraiser is currently under review and withdrawal are ON HOLD” #BackDateGate pic.twitter.com/p32YDPDbOc
The GoFundMe notice read:
“Your fundraiser is currently under review, and withdrawal are on hold."
“They’re flagging a whistleblower?” Donald Trump Jr. commented on the post.
“The same people that would do anything for whistleblowers who would come against conservatives regardless of credibility???”
“[What the f***]? You would think these woke people would want to protect all the whistleblowers, but I guess it only goes one way,” he added.
They’re flagging a whistleblower? The same people that would do anything for whistleblowers who would come against conservatives regardless of credibility???— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 10, 2020
WTF.? You would think these woke people would want to protect all the whistleblowers but I guess it only goes one way. https://t.co/S4GymDy5Av
“Although, as I understand Pennsylvania law, ballots must be postmarked by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020, in Pennsylvania, Postmaster Rob Weisenbach directed my co-workers and I to pick up ballots after Election Day and provide them to him,” Hopkins said in the sworn affidavit.
“I heard Weisenbach tell a supervisor at my office that Weisenbach was back-dating the postmarks on the ballots to make it appear as though the ballots had been collected on November 3, 2020, despite them, in fact, being collected on November 4 and possibly later,” the mail carrier added.
The fraud is happening as we speak...they are going to be collecting and back-dating ballots in Pennsylvania TOMORROW according to our whistleblower pic.twitter.com/V7N3fmQ08D— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 6, 2020
Hopkins described his boss, Robert Weisenbach, as a "Trump hater."
A brief search of Weisenbach's Facebook feed shows that Weisenbach is Anti Trump.
Weisenbach was praised by Carl Anderson III, the chairman of the Erie County Board of Elections.
“Rob stayed in contact with the Election Board Office coordinating mail pickup and extra trips with overnight ballots; with 49,218 mail-in ballots this year — the most in any election — postal workers were under enormous pressure,” Anderson said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it is “imperative that all credible allegations of voting irregularities and misconduct be investigated.”
“It is imperative that all credible allegations of voting irregularities and misconduct be investigated to ensure the integrity of the 2020 elections,” the senator said.
“The presidential election remains close in multiple states, and as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, all credible allegations of voting irregularities and misconduct will be taken seriously."
"I will not allow credible allegations of voting irregularities or misconduct to be swept under the rug.”
“I will be calling on the Department of Justice to investigate these claims,” Graham announced.
“I’ll also be in contact with the Postmaster-General, requesting he to look into these allegations, ones that may follow, and help secure the testimony of Mr. Hopkins."
"Mr. Hopkins is entitled to all whistleblower protections, and I will ensure they extend to other postal workers who may come forward with claims of irregulates [sic], misconduct, fraud, etc.”
“Every American should want our election processes to work accurately, and given the recency of such a large volume of mail-in voting, that will require oversight,” the senator added.
“Election outcomes are not determined by media outlets but certified, accurate vote counts. Officials in Pennsylvania should take allegations from Mr. Hopkins and others seriously before certifying a final outcome.”