Is Pirate Party MEP Coordinating with Group Committing Criminal Charity Fraud?

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Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda has been touting a dubious online petition against article 13.  Despite claims to be acting on behalf of internet “users” the petition seems to be a fundraising effort by a “charity” group operating the website SaveTheInternet.Info.

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SaveTheInternet.info gofund me page claims the group is a German charity. 

The problem is the  “charity” does not appear to be a charity at all.  According to our German sources the SaveTheInternet is not registered as a German charity as they clearly claim. That’s a misrepresentation.  I am not a lawyer but a plain reading of the laws in the US concerning soliciting funds for a charity would make this criminal fraud in the US.  Since the group is soliciting funds worldwide using the Redwood City California corporation (GoFund.me) I would argue this is a violation US law:

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I suppose I could be wrong but there have been prosecutions for similar activity in the US. How is this any different?

On top of that I imagine that the German government has similar if not more strict laws on charities, solicitation of funds and misrepresentations.

Here is the GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/save-the-internet-info

 

 

About Dr. David C Lowery

Platinum selling singer songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; platinum selling producer; founder of pitch-a-tent records; founder Sound of Music Studios; platinum selling music publisher; angel investor; digital skeptic; college lecturer and founder of the University of Georgia Terry College Artists' Rights Symposium.