No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

OK, I’m livid.

As most of you know, the fourth annual Gun Blogger’s Rendezvous is fast approaching (43 days away as I write this), and this year I planned to make a special contribution to support Project Valour-IT – a gun giveaway that would be for even those unable to attend. But I’m not a 501(c)(3) organization, or any other kind of tax-free charity, so I couldn’t actually run a charity raffle. Besides, I’m not really set up for it and wouldn’t know how. So, with the aid of Rendezvous organizer Mr. Completely, arrangements were made with Soldiers’ Angels to provide on-line ticket sales. Tickets went on sale Friday, July 17. We were ON!

Soldiers’ Angels uses PayPal for their on-line donations. PayPal even has a “Case Study” of Soldiers’ 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 Patti) 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, Soldiers’ Angels had also started a fund drive for other projects that same weekend. PayPal put a stop to that. Here’s Patti 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.

(My emphasis). The “tremendous fundraising impact”? In the short time (3.5 days) the PayPal button was live, they had 42 participants and 109 tickets sold.

As noted above, we’re still 43 days out from the Rendezvous. I just found out about this today.

And not only did the contributions for the raffle stop coming in, ALL contributions to Soldier’s Angels via PayPal were cut off for twelve hours.

Because PayPal is anti-gun.

So where does that leave us? Well, you can call Soldiers’ Angels and do a transaction over the phone. During normal business hours (PST) you can call (626) 529-5114, or you can call their voicemail service any time at (615) 676-0239, leave them a callback number and they’ll get back to you – probably the less expensive option, timewise. It’s not as convenient as a mouse click, but it beats snail-mailing a check.

You can also contact PayPal. Their Customer Service phone number is (402) 935-2050.

I’ve never asked this before, but I would appreciate it if every gun- and mil-blogger on the web and every gun board picked this up and spread it far and wide. I’m tired of gun-bigots. PayPal needs to hear from US – the law-abiding gun owners of this country – that we’re no longer willing to just roll over when we’re abused by the companies we “trust” just because we believe in and practice the rights guaranteed to us under the Second Amendment.

UPDATE – So far here are all the links (direct and indirect) to this piece I’m aware of:

1. – Maj. Chuck Zeigenfuss at From My Position, On the Way!Paypal is asshats
2. – Laughingwolf at BlackfiveStep Up for Valour-IT, Especially as PayPal Won’t
3. – Blackfive at BlackfiveAnti-gun PayPal Shuts Down Soldiers’ Angels Contributions
4. – BillT at Castle Argghhh!How Innnnnteresting
5. – Alan at Snarkybytes – Paypal: Anti-Gun
6. – Sebastian at Snowflakes in HellPayPal’s Gun Policies
7. – Kahr40 at From the Barrel of a GunPaypal is anti-gun
8. – Kevin S. at Brown Valley KingdomPaypal shows their ass
9. – Albert A Rasch at The Rasch Outdoor ChroniclesIt’s About Time We Pushed Back!
10. – Major C at A Major’s PerspectiveImportant Information You Need to Know
11. – SayUnclePayPal: Fear of guns overrides helping soldiers
12. – Tam at View from the PorchFigures
13. – Joe Huffman at The View from North Central IdahoQuote of the Day–Kevin Baker
14. – Phelps at The Everlasting PhelpsPayPal Hates Soldiers
15. – Jim at The Travis McGee ReaderA current outrage
16. – Morgan at My Two Cents WorthOutrage via PayPal
17. – Derek at The Packing RatPaypal = Bigots
18. – Jennifer at In Jennifer’s HeadPayPal and Guns
19. – PamibePayPal vs. Soldier’s Angels
20. – Firehand at Irons in the FireSo PayPal is so anti-gun that they’ll screw over Soldier’s Angels
21. – Musings of the Geek with a .45That’s Quite Enough of PayPal
22. – falfenix of Insert witty title hereSometimes you just can’t win
23. – Some Soldier’s MomPayPal is Anti-Gun
24. – Stephanie’s BlogPayPal is Anti-Gun
35. – Ride Fast and Shoot StraightPayPal is an evil, eBay anti-gun minion
26. – Caleb at Gun Nuts MediaPayPal cuts off donations to veteran’s charity group
27. – Russell at SolarvoidGah, stupid Paypal
28. – Sailorcurt of Captain of a Crew of OnePaypal and the Geek
29. – US Citizen at Traction ControlPayPal is no Pal to Soldiers
30. – Top of the ChainPaypal = Bovine Fecal Material
30. – Dirtcrashr at AnthroblogogyPay-Pooper is Not Your Pal
31. – Linoge of Walls of the Citypaypal sucks
32. – Phil at Random Nuclear StrikesSome People’s Children
33. – Hazmat at Thunder River HomeGotta Love That PayPal
34. – Evyl Robot SoapboxPaypal is Anti?
35. – Jerry of Cogito Ergo GeekThe Smallest Minority Goes to PayPal – NOT!
36. – Josiah of Our Lunch MoneyOne more reason why I hate paypal!
37. – Instinct of Life in 3DPaypal hates guns, and apparently the military
38. – Argent of Gay Military LifePayPal Costs Charity
39. – Roberta of The Adventures of Roberta XMore Things that Induce Monitor-Punching Impulses
40. – Bore PatchPaypal shutting down a Wounded Soldier Charity?

Bore Patch also mentions eBay’s (the parent company) Press Relations phone number: (408) 376-7458

41. – Mr. Completely his own self weighs in: Paypal Blocks Soldiers Angels Fund Raising and it’s cross-posted at the GBR site

42. – Little Steve of Sensibly ProgressivePaypal sucks
43. – Laughing_Wolf has a new post up at BlackfiveAsk PayPal How They Feel About the Wounded
44. – Gun Shy Tourist of Around the O-TownIn My Opinion Paypal Sucks
45. – CTone of Legion’s FateAnti-gun Paypal hates the military
46. – Nicki at The Liberty ZoneNote to self:
47. – Billoblog® – Paypal bans fundraising for wounded veterans
48. – Mulligan of Do Overwho’s your pal?
49. – Doubleplusundead at Right Wing NewsOf Pistols, Project Valour, and PayPal
50! – Brian at Another Gun GuyOK one real post – Paypal hates not just guns, but soldiers too. Boo.
51. – Misanthropic? Me? Inconceivable!In Case You Didn’t Know that Paypal is Anti-gun
52. – Jeff at AlpheccaPayPal and Guns
53. – Don Gwinn, Chicago Gun Rights ExaminerPayPal suspends Soldiers’ Angels charity over gun raffle
54. – What Bubba KnowsLinks for August 3, 2009

Thanks, y’all!

UPDATE – 8/7/09:

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