Paypal = Bigots

As noted here by Kevin at The Smallest Minority:

Soldier’s Angels uses PayPal for their on-line donations. PayPal even has a “Case Study” of Soldier’s Angels’ success (PDF) using PayPal, bragging:

Today Soldiers’ Angels’ biggest online contributions go through PayPal. “It’s trustworthy to people and so they donate,” says (Founder Patty) Patton-Bader. “There’s a confidence that donors feel – that it’s a safe way to make a donation. There are not many companies that inspire that kind of trust.”


Coincident with the Gun Blogger Rendezvous Raffle, Soldier’s Angels had also started a fund drive for other projects that same weekend. PayPal put a stop to that. Here’s Patty Patton-Bader’s official statement:

Online donations through PayPal are a huge part of our fundraising. They shut down our entire account-not just the raffle button—for twelve hours right in the middle of an email fundraising push. Looking at the Terms of Use, we couldn’t understand where we’d gone wrong, but we had to immediately remove the raffle so we could get back online ASAP. This just breaks our hearts because we were so excited about the tremendous fundraising impact the Gun Blogger Rendezvous raffle was already having.

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3 Comments on “Paypal = Bigots”

  1. John
    August 1, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    Paypal just plain awful to deal with. They shut down Something Awful’s donation account for the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans ( – warning: nothing extreme, but the link may not be safe for work depending on where you work) and after that, I’ve been avoiding them like the plague. Unfortunately, you pretty much have to use Paypal (one of eBay’s subsidiaries) these days if you want to sell anything on eBay. Oh well, all the more reason to deal locally.

  2. August 8, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    We’ve managed to bypass PayPal! Another sponsor of the Rendezvous,, an ammo site, is doing the on-line ticket sales for us with all proceeds (minus the 3% credit card fee) going to Soldiers’ Angels. Soldiers’ Angels is still taking phone orders for those who don’t want to purchase on-line. Details here.

    And thanks again for linking!


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