Guest Post: Show Me The Money! [VIDEO]

Guest Post: Show Me The Money! [VIDEO]

Guest Post: Show Me The Money! [VIDEO]

Pow Pow! School shooting and people died. Loud teenagers crying and on social media. Guess what? It is all Trump’s fault! Is it? Are you sure? 

The reality is this: There will be lawsuits and everyone who is grandstanding on TV, including that very vocal Sheriff, are cruising for a crash. As we’ve found out, the Sheriff and several in his department left much to be desired in terms of their response to the entire situation. In fact, I predict that soon the Sheriff will not only be retired, he will also be a witness in numerous court cases due to his mishandling of a situation years in the making. 

Here’s a question. Where are the lawyers? They’ve been awfully quiet since the beginning of the attack. But you’d better believe quite a few are gearing up for some major lawsuits. Some of which may be applied to fundraising campaigns. In fact, let’s take a look at two GoFundMe campaigns that have already started. This one is on the school website. 

In response to the mass shooting, the Foundation, the National Center, and GoFundMe are collaborating to serve victims by maximizing resources and ensuring a victim-centered, transparent distribution process. Broward Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, will serve as the central repository for the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund and will organize a local steering committee responsible for setting the fund’s distribution policy. The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a leading authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will advise the committee, assist with ongoing fundraising efforts, administer victim application and vetting processes, and coordinate the distribution of proceeds from the Foundation’s official GoFundMe campaign, other fundraisers, and third-party donation sources.

Nice!

Now take a look at a campaign that has raised $2 million from four celebrities (George and Amal Clooney and Oprah among others),and as of Feb 21st, totaled $3.5 million. Yes, that’s correct. Ten days after the attack this account has hit the multi-million dollar range.

Is this fundraiser one set up to help the victims? Nope. Instead, student Cameron Kasky is organizing a march called March for our Lives.

The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organizing a march like this. We have people making more specific plans, but for now know that is is for the march and everything left over will go to victims funds.

Nice. Organize a hugely expensive march, ask for donations that aren’t tax deductible, and, as an afterthought, promise that the rest will go to funds for the victims.

So, who is Cameron Kasky?

Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky asks Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), right, if he will continue to accept money from the NRA during a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

A 17 year old who, with the strong encouragement of his father, is truly enjoying his 15 minutes of fame.

Loving fame way too much, so can’t be at Coach Feis’s funeral service.

Cameron and Emma yucking it up…


https://twitter.com/Emma4Change/status/966615299444396032

Cameron’s dad is busy retweeting his son these days. It’s easy to see which tree this apple fell from.

About that Marco Rubio thing, this is what Cameron’s Dad was talking about.

Nice, hmmm?

Are people aware that there is zero published/documented oversight to the Kasky GoFundMe at this time? Who is helping administer this – The National Center for Victims of Crime? There is no notification of an accounting firm, etc., handling the budget. What is the budget actually for besides “the march”? Who is in charge of this money? If anyone made a donation to this GoFundMe over $14k, then the GoFundMe recipient must pay taxes on it, correct?

That is a significantly large amount of money to not be administered through strict oversight such as the actual school’s GoFundMe. No – that child cannot do that. I have not met a 17 year old who can read The Economist who also knows all the applicable tax laws. Additionally, there is no non-profit status for political purposes, so are these people donating wanting to make political donations only? This does not go toward helping the victims, paying for more school safety, or anything else. Is a “march” the most effective use of funds? Do some people think they are donating to the victims because the fund is being run by a student?

I don’t know, but I am surprised that no journalist is noting the difference between the two funds. Where is the media on this? The two funds are vastly different, but the media isn’t scrutinizing either as closely as they should. There are also other funds for the victims individually, but I hope people do not think they are giving to the victims only when donating to the March for Our Lives GoFundMe.

People, the solutions to problems are found by easy tasks:

1) Assess what happened. It’s usually called an investigation.

2) Identify mistakes/problems and address them.

3) Create and administer workable solutions.

I am not going to answer No. 3, because thus far Nos. 1 and 2 have not been fully addressed. Has our country lost its mind? No. Has the media? Yes.

Let’s help people calm down. Cooler heads can agree to disagree, and then make better decisions. But I will say this: The only thing Twitter ever did for true change was help those people in India communicate during a terrorist attack. In fact, that is exactly what put Twitter “on the map”.

More people die everyday in the United States because of teenagers on their phones and cars, but now those same teenagers are angry. I know the answer, but I dare not say it because it will work. And answers to problems that work and are effective are not in the current political narrative.

Stay safe, my friends. “Frenzy” leads no one to knowledge.

Editor’s Note: Our Guest Blogger is Sade Langhorne, a regular reader of Victory Girls. We welcome and appreciate her point of view!

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7 Comments
  • Jenny North says:

    Man, that Lasky kid – what a spitfire, huh? Ugh. When teenagers act like that it is really hard not to criticize, and remember they know so little about what they are talking about, and have no understanding of the consequences of what they are doing. They are being taught to exploit tragedy, and as a side benefit tasting a little bit of power. It is intoxicating, no doubt.

  • Darleen Click says:

    Over $2 million dollars in the Kasky fund and NO oversight? No accounting? And then he postures with nothing but contempt for a sitting US Senator?

    His moral upbringing is so lacking why should we trust him with $2 mil?

    Thank you, Sade, for an eyeopening article.

  • Orvan Taurus says:

    Last night I saw a series of tweets (that I cannot find this morning… hrmmm) that claimed that the Broward Co. sheriff’s office went along with the school to look the other way at various “minor’ (no pun intended! Really!) offenses so as to increase the school’s scoring so it could could score more federal funding. Then the obvious (to anyone who thinks about it, anyway) happened: It was realized that thing could be gotten away with, and so were. And then more, and more, and eventually the local gang types/organized crime folk figured out if they used the kids, they could get away with stuff. And thus there was a culture of Do Nothing.

    Truth coefficient? I admit that I do not know, and that a Serious Charge requires Serious Evidence. I’d provide a link to start with, but it seems to have gone *poof*. And no, this is not some middle-of-the-night dream/hallucination. I work nights so was quite awake and did see such. BUT, as said, I cannot say it is true or just someone’s tall tale.

  • Toni Williams says:

    Sade-
    Thank you. It’s all becoming very very clear.

  • Kim Quade says:

    I don’t know which is more egregious — the money being raised with no oversight, or the public being bamboozled by a few teenage “victims” who are relishing their fame and newfound power way too much.

    The vast majority of the Parkland high students will go back to school, graduate, and go on with their lives, trying to put this terror behind them. Cameron, Emma, and David Hogg will continue to thrive on activism.

    Meanwhile, in big cities across like Chicago or Detroit, young children will be killed in gang crossfire. But no big media will say anything about them, since they’re not privileged kids without means or connections. Who will raise money or establish 501(c)(3) nonprofits for them?

    The hypocrisy makes me sick.

  • GWB says:

    Is a “march” the most effective use of funds?
    It is if your goal is to make a big stink and try to virtue signal your way to getting Trump out of office (or Scott, or Rubio, or whomever).

    Has our country lost its mind? No.
    Well, it did elect 0bama. Twice.

    This is what happens when you raise your kids on progressivism. It’s like narcotics to the wisdom center of the brain.

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