Analysis: Looking at the 547 Hamilton “Convoy” Donors on the Hacked GiveSendGo List

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A group of trucks parked in Ottawa as part of Freedom Convoy occupation of the nation's capital city.

The hacked list of donors to the “Freedom Convoy” GiveSendGo includes 547 unique email addresses with self-reported Hamilton postal codes.

$56,891 US Dollars ($72,169 Canadian Dollars) were contribution in total in 571 separate donations. An additional $3504.81 was donated as “tips” to GiveSendGo.

Funds from the campaign have been frozen by the order of Ontario’s Superior Court following a request from the Government of Ontario to stop the funds from supporting the ongoing occupation in Ottawa.

TPR analyzed the donor list to better understand who donated, and potential reasons that motivated some of the top donors.

Only one of the Hamilton donors used a government email, a Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation employee who donated $10.

What Neighbourhoods Donated Most

Financial support for the “Freedom Convoy” was most pronounced in rural areas of Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, and the West Mountain.

All amounts are in US dollars, GiveSendGo does not operate in Canada.

Postal codes in the Local Delivery Areas of the rural Hamilton FSA L0R gave $9,276.

Ancaster FSAs L9G and L9K gave $6,777, Dundas FSA L9H gave $5805, Flamborough’s L8B gave $5260, and West Mountain’s L9C gave $3540.

Donors east of Nash Road below the escarpment (FSAs L8E and L8G) gave $6056.

L8K donors, Wards 4 and 5 south of Main Street and Queenston Road, gave $3025.

Upper Stoney Creek’s L8J gave $2402.

Ward 4’s L8H, north of Queenston Road including Ward 5’s Beach Strip and Kentley West neighbourhoods, gave $2125.

The 19 donors in the newer South Mountain’s (south of Stone Church, west of Upper Wentworth) L9B neighbourhoods gave $1910.

A handful of large donations tied to commercial addresses near Nebo Road account for most of L8W‘s $1885 in donations. Two donations account for $1425 of this total.

The Top 35 Donors

The largest single donations were $1000 each, with four donors giving this amount.

There are 35 donors who gave $250 or more.

Many of the top donors own their own businesses, with many donating using their corporate postal codes.

Their businesses are in a wide range of different sectors: audiobook publishing, commercial refrigeration and HVAC, construction management, custom home building, financial and investment advisors, florist, landscaping, mortgage brokers,  vacuum tube distributor, and yoga and personal coaching.

Three of the donors appear to be academics or authors.

TPR looked at their online footprints for clues why they donated.

TPR is not revealing individual identities because we have not been able to confirm with the individuals they made the donations in question.

Numerous names on the Canada-wide list, which TPR is using, have been confirmed by other journalists across Canada, the aggregate data is valid.

Top 35 Donors Social Media During COVID

Many of the Top 35 donors have profiles showing them obeying COVID regulations during the first year of the pandemic.

During the first week of March 2020, a $1000 donor retweeted a few threads calling on governments to act to contain the spread of COVID by implementing measures to flatten the curve, including social distancing and prohibiting non-essential activities.

After March 31, this person would not tweet about COVID again until November 2021, at which time they began retweeting videos questioning the motivations of government officials for continuing restrictions. They begin posting links on Facebook questioning vaccines, public health restrictions, and linking to the disinformation website The Epoch Times.

An $800 donor posted a video to Instagram from Parliament Hill on January 30.

This person’s profile shows them following COVID regulations in 2020, including attending an outdoor church service. Their church follows COVID regulations. This person’s social media does not provide clues leading up to the Parliament Hill video.

A $500 donor posts to Facebook multiple times every day linking to anti-Trudeau and anti-vaccine stories on RebelNews, True North, Russia Today, and other sites. They support the Canada Unity MOU calling for the Senate and Governor General to remove Parliament.

Donor comments are included in the hacked list. Many of the Top 30 donors reference “tyranny” and express anger at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Instagram profile of another donor ($400) shows them following COVID rules, including only allowing one person at a time for outdoor pickup at their small business, during the first 15 months of the pandemic.

In August 2021, this person post negatively about restrictions on the number of people who can attend funerals. They write her 90+-year-old mother’s death is imminent. There is obvious anguish in having to decide which family members to exclude from attending the funeral.

They express frustration that only those vaccinated can attend in person, and question what they see as inconsistent COVID rules. Why can people attend church services without vaccination, but not a funeral in that same church, they ask.

The emotional sentiment of other donors shifts in fall 2021. A few begin questioning continuing restrictions following most of the population being double-vaccinated against COVID.

Posts expressing frustration increased in December when the Ontario government announces new COVID regulations in response to the spread of the omicron variant.

TPR choose to limit our search to these top 35 donors.

GiveSendGo Comments

The hacked listed includes the public comments donors posted.

“Peaceful protest continues to effect global political change. The science supports this. Thank you for your sacrifice and courage,” reads a Feb 5 $100 donation.

“One of the most worthwhile causes in the world right now, literally fighting for our human rights against a tyrannical government. I wish I had a truck and could be there myself. I hope this helps!,” reads a Feb 5 $1000 donation.

“Keep on trucking – an inspiring pro-freedom movement against tyranny and corruption,” reads a Feb 7 $400 donation, the second donation by a person who also gave $400 on Feb 5.

“Once you understand that Justin Castro is but a puppet of his radical-left handlers, and that they want to destroy our successful Canadian culture, everything he does will make perfect sense,” reads the comment of a $200 donation.

How did we get here, and why?

The donors’ list will be used by social scientists who will conduct deeper research in the coming months and years to better understand how a “convoy” organized by alt-right radicals grew into a catalyst for disenchantment related to range of issues, and ultimately caused both the provincial and federal governments to declare states of emergency.

Hamilton Donations by Postal FSA

FSA        # of Donors        Total Amount (USD)
L0R        62                $9276
L8B        52                $5260
L8E        38                $3315
L8G        35                $2741
L8H        24                $2125
L8J        27                $2402
L8K        36                $3025
L8L        20                $1850
L8M        9                $917
L8N        13                $800
L8P        18                $1236
L8R        2                $90
L8S        17                $1984
L8T        13                $935
L8V        20                $861
L8W        10                $1885
L9A        13                $877
L9B        19                $1910
L9C        39                $3540
L9G        42                $5642
L9H        48                $5805
L9K        14                $1135

6 thoughts on “Analysis: Looking at the 547 Hamilton “Convoy” Donors on the Hacked GiveSendGo List

  1. While I certainly don’t support the insurrectionists, I don’t agree with the names and addresses of their supporters being made public until they they have been charged with a crime. Then lock the bastards up until they are tried and convicted of treason.

    • Enough hyperbole and inflammatory rhetoric. Trucks illegally parked is far from criminal let alone an insurrection. These are Canadians you are talking about. We dont disparage fellow Canadians here in Canada. They are well within their rights.

    • That’s not how the law works in a liberal democracy. Donating to a political cause is not a crime. Hyperbolic statements like yours just further prove the invalidity of your argument.

  2. Glad to see my Postal Code is second from the bottom in donations to the fascist mob, always thought the neighborhood was a pocket of leftist resistance to almost all right wing bullshit.

  3. There is a privacy act… Also, anyone is entitled to donate whatever to whomever they want. This is not a communist country…

  4. The list now seems to have vanished but I did find it interesting. A lot of those who donated seemed to be sincere in the belief that these ‘truckers’ were doing ‘God’s work’, not knowing or caring who was really backing the movement. It wasn’t for the most part actual people who made their living on the road. Most of these protesters couldn’t last 6 months doing the job. They even use children as a shield when ever they think the authorities may act.
    People have a right to protest – but there are limits. The people of Ottawa are living under seize. The economy of both the US and Canada was held captive with the closure of border crossings. There were delays in getting food to the shelfs because of the massive delays- people in both countries lost wages because of the lack of ability to get on time freight delivered.
    It appears that we are close to the end of this chapter of the alt-right movement into mainstream Canadian politics. What’s next? Watch out for the right to make a move onto city councils across the country- that’s the best way to get the change they want- then watch what happens.
    To those sincere people who believed they were making a difference- think what $75,000 could have done for those in THIS community fighting homelessness, addiction and hunger.

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