WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2015 — Conservatives and libertarians across the nation are battling a litany of issues that tear at the fabric of the U.S. Constitution’s protections and guaranteed rights. Fund Me America, a crowd-funding website designed to provide financial and moral support for those on the front lines of conservative and libertarian causes may be the answer for those under attack.
Mark Ogden, the organization’s co-founder, explained the group’s goals on the Communities Digital News Hour’s “Standing at Freedom’s Gate” podcast.
Ogden provided one distinct example of how the group’s funding efforts are making a difference for Iowans Dick and Betty Odgaard. They owned a beautiful wedding venue that had been transformed from a remodeled stone church. The dream was dashed, according to Ogden, when a lesbian couple sued the Odagaards because they would not marry the couple based upon their Christian faith.
In defiance of an Iowa state law that protected traditional marriage between a man and a woman, the state’s top court ruled that same-sex marriage would be legal in Iowa. In 2013, another gay couple was turned down by the Odagaards. The couple filed suit through the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and that action unleashed “an unbelievable firestorm of hate from the gay community and their supporters, unmanageable phone calls, emails and Facebook posts resulted in their business suffering significantly.”
With the assistance of Fund Me America, the Odagaards are raising financial support and public awareness to turn personal loss into a way to educate America. Their goal is to raise 1,000 billboards around the nation to promote “drive-time epiphanies”; this is their attempt to create 1,000 points of light.
Fund Me America’s co-founder stresses the importance of having a crowd-funding website that answers the needs of many Americans in distress. Ogden emphasized that the distress can be due to significant harm caused by religious intolerance, government interference, mainstream media bias and even the organized efforts of left-wing factions.
The website launched recently and has already received requests from many areas of the nation. They are backing some of those causes and have others still under consideration. Fund Me America hopes to hear from any person, group or business that wants its cause to be heard or financially supported. There is a very thorough preapproval process, which Ogden insists is necessary in order to validate that the campaign cause is legitimate. On “Standing at Freedom’s Gate” he said that Fund Me America utilizes security precautions to safeguard personal financial information of donors.
For more information on Fund Me America’s causes or how an individual, group or small business that is being harmed based upon their stance on conservative or libertarian beliefs, contact Mark or Paul Ogden at Fund Me America.
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