You may have heard I’ve had some trouble with the financial system as of late. PayPal, Stripe, Venmo, Dwolla, and numerous other payment systems banned me and others in the wake of last August’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
Though accused of every crime under the sun, I’ve maintained my innocence. Two of the three charges pressed against me were dropped for lack of probable cause, after the witnesses against me were caught in their lies. I look forward to being cleared of the remaining charges, and I have already filed a federal lawsuit against my accusers in the dismissed cases.
All of my business dealings have been honest and legal. None of my customers allege that I have defrauded them. I have thousands of people who want to pay me, and whenever they are given the opportunity to do so, they gladly hand me their money because they know I am an honest man who provides valuable products and services, that I am engaged in important political activism, and that I am a talented artist.
Yet, even as I have filled out applications with upwards of a dozen other payment processors, many of which are specifically designated as “high risk” I have not been able to find anyone to process my payments on this website. Nor have I been able to find any reliable crowdfunding service, as any crowdfunding system that does business with me gets shut down. For example, GoyFundMe, Hatreon, and MakerSupport.
As I have spoken to salespeople from different payment processors I have applied with, they have been astonished at the responses they have received from their underwriting banks. They have never seen anything like this before. They process payments for pornographers, online pharmacies, male enhancement products, nootropics, cryptocurrencies, and every short of shady and degenerate business under the sun, but not my honest business, and not my honest solicitation of donations to fund my legal defense and political activism.
I have been irreparably harmed by this. My business relies on credit card payments to service customers, and my artwork and activism rely on the generosity of donors. Without access to traditional electronic payment systems, I have been reduced to teaching my audience how to use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Monero to finance my operations. This does not even come close to making up for the revenue I’ve lost, and it comes at a time when costly, drawn out legal battles in civil and criminal court are bankrupting me, intentionally.
In light of all this, I retained the services of Corey J. Mahler, Esq. J.D., LL.M. of Zynker Law out of California. Mr. Mahler set up a donation system on his website to accept donations on my behalf as my attorney. Mr. Mahler is knowledgeable in antitrust law, and finds the apparent politically motivated collusion against me by the banking elite to be very troubling.
Today he issued the following statement on the Gab.ai social network, after Stripe and Square shut down service to his law firm.
It is now more important than ever that you get up to speed on cryptocurrencies using my Quick or Long guides to the technology. Zyniker can still accept donations via credit card here and here, and other donation options can be found on my Donate Page. If you already have cryptocurrencies, you can become a paying member of this site here.
Statement from Corey Mahler
For those following along at home: Zyniker Law (my law firm) has been accepting donations toward payment of legal fees on behalf of a number of individuals in the Alt-Right (e.g., @Cantwell, @apple, @TheMadDimension). In the last few days, my firm’s Square account has been “deactivated” and my firm’s Stripe account has been closed.
Neither of these processors has, thus far, been willing to provide anything beyond vague justifications for its actions:
“Due to the obligations of our agreements with card networks and other financial institutions, we cannot reverse this decision and are unable to provide additional details.”
“we’ve found that your business presents a higher level of risk than we’re able to work with”
I have a long history with both of these firms (having used them in other ventures for years to process significant sums), and their decision to terminate these accounts so quickly was, admittedly, somewhat unexpected. Without any doubt, I am certain that the concerted action of payment processors to silence those on the Right is a violation of antitrust and other laws in the US and elsewhere. It may be that the timeline for pursuing legal solutions has been accelerated.
While my firm’s site remains functional and able to take donations (at present, only via PayPal [including credit cards] and check), these actions obviously present a severe limitation on the services my firm can provide. I am currently looking into legal and other solutions to this problem.
If it is not already abundantly clear, the Right needs to set up a payment processor with all deliberate speed.
(As an aside: If anyone has connections in the Media, I would be interested in discussing this particular problem via interview or on air. I can be contacted here on Gab, via Twitter, or via a form on my personal site.)