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Data shows 25 convoy donations from NOTL
According to leaked data, some 25 NOTL residents donated a total of $3,000 to the "Freedom convoy." (Richard Harley)

New data obtained by The Lake Report appears to show at least 25 people with Niagara-on-the-Lake addresses donated to the "freedom convoy" of truckers that tied up downtown Ottawa with three weeks of protests over COVID-19 safety regulations.

The data is part of leaked information from the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo.

Of the donations, 23 appear to have come from the L0S 1J0 area code, one from L0S 1P0 and one from L0S 1J1.

The data was provided to The Lake Report by ddosecrets.com.

Several other news outlets have also confirmed the data appears to be accurate.

The data suggests NOTLers gave at least $3,334 to support the convoy.

After publishing initial data about three donations last week, The Lake Report received several calls from people who did not agree with publishing the names of the donors. One of the NOTL donors named in the data denied making a contribution.

The Lake Report is not publishing the full list of names, as it has not been clearly defined whether making the donations was illegal.

However, the issue remains a controversial one, as an original GoFundMe supporting the convoy was shuttered by the Canadian government after the funds were deemed to be supporting illegal activities.

Since then, convoy supporters have circumvented that decision and used GiveSendGo to make the legally-shaky donations.

GiveSendGo is a Christian funding platform that has been used to raise money for controversial figures and groups such as teenaged shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, the Proud Boys and political funding for Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Unlike GoFundMe, the site appears to actively be encouraging people to donate to the campaign.

On its Twitter page, the company posted messages such as: "To the people who are continuously taking a stand for freedom – YOU are making a difference in the world! This movement sets a foundation for people now and for future generations. You are not only inspiring people to stand up for their freedoms but actually taking action."

The company also previously responded to the data leak on Twitter, saying it is aware of the leak, but that no credit card information was leaked and no money was stolen.

The company said it was holding the money in an undisclosed U.S. bank account and is taking steps to prevent the Canadian government from freezing the funds and officials are "actively discussing the legal options for getting the funds where they need to go."

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