PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland businesses are still cleaning up the mess left behind from the rioters, and protesters who led the anti-Trump movement say the damage wasn’t caused by them. They blame the rioters.
Protesters set up a GoFundMe account to help those affected, but this has raised concerns about whether the money will make it to the right people.
The group Portland’s Resistance raised over $50,000 in less than a week, a number that surprised even them. But again, people are wondering where that money will go.
“We have, so far, more money than we have claims,” said Gregory McKelvey, spokesman for Portland’s Resistance.
McKelvey is the voice and face behind the growing anti-Trump movement, Portland’s Resistance.
He said their peaceful protests all last week were hijacked by individuals who wanted to create chaos. That’s why his group created a GoFundMe to help the people affected.
“[The money will go] to individuals whose cars were broken. They’re single mothers whose car was broken and windows were shattered, and they have to clean glass off of their car seat, but really the money is going to help rebuild Portland,” McKelvey said.
They raised tens of thousands more than they expected, a lot of money raising new concerns about how it’s going to be used.
“It’s not going to go into our pockets or anything like that,” McKelvey said.
During the protests, the damage was widespread, from businesses to people’s cars.
McKelvey is asking for more people who were affected to submit claims for help through Portland’s Resistance.
He told KOIN 6 News his group is putting together a committee to help handle the funds raised.
“So we have a strategic committee and an executive committee. We’re definitely working that out. It’s democratic process. First and foremost it’s going to be the people that have been affected by what’s going on,” McKelvey said.
McKelvey says the funds will be transferred to a bank account sometime next week, not to an individual, but under their group name. When pressed about how supporters will know where the money went, he insisted that revealing names and businesses will jeopardize their privacy.