Bail Out Fund Promoted By Celebrities Is Under Fire After Taking In $30 Million, But Spent Much Less On Bail [Opinion]

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) is under fire for reportedly receiving over $30 million in donations, but spending far less on bail, The Daily Wire reports.

According to its website, the organization has brought in over $30 million in donations since the death of George Floyd. Only “well over” $200,000 in donations have actually been used to bail out protesters and rioters. This amounts to less than 1% of their funds.

A list of notable celebrities have promoted the fund and claim to have donated themselves. The charity has not shown transparency in its allocation of funds.

“Appreciate all those calling for transparency,” the fund wrote online. “We see y’all. Our values and mission have not changed since 2016. Be on the lookout for things coming on our end. Be well.”

They added, “Without jeopardizing the safety of the folks we bailed out we paid well over $200k in the weeks since the uprising alone. We are working on doing more.”

This post received many angry responses because $200k is far less than the reported amount of roughly $35 million, according to Newsweek.

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According to a report from Newsweek, many online have “said that MFF had collected $35 million in donations in recent weeks and spent only a small fraction, prompting ’35 MILLION’ and ‘only 200k’ to start trending on Twitter.”

“It’s not clear exactly how much the fund has raised since protests began, but on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the MFF website, updated earlier this month, it said that more than $30 million had been donated to the fund in the wake of Floyd’s death,” the report added.

At the end of May, superstar Justin Timberlake announced that he’d be donating to MFF, hoping to bail out rioters.

“Please join me in supporting the Minneapolis protestors by donating to the @mnfreedomfund,” he tweeted. “The freedom fund is combating the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low income individuals who cannot otherwise afford:”

As noted by The Daily Wire, other celebrities, like Steve Carell, Seth Rogan, Janelle Monae, Ben Schwartz, and Don Cheadle also chipped in $1,000 each for suspected criminal rioters in Minneapolis by donating to MFF.