1. Capital City Fur Con, a convention in Harrisburg, PA, folded yesterday. /1
3. The Con posted a screenshot of a receipt showing a $217.00 donation to the ALS charity, which was later confirmed to have been the charity from a single panel that fursuit creator .2
4. The con was questioned about this receipt, which contained the personally identifiable information of the Made Fur You party that made the donation.
5. The receipt was deleted, and folks continued to question. /3
Now here's where it gets interesting. @dixielioness , who compiles the annual "charity from conventions" numbers for those neat videos, has stated she believes the chair advised her the con raised $4,000 for charity. /4
On the Thursday prior to the Con, the con suddenly cancelled a number of panels. /5
Likewise, the guest was never actually reimbursed their airfare, something they were willing to eat for the good of the charity. /9
If I was presenting this in court, I would frame it as "This convention, didn't have the ability to meet their contract and expressed an intention to use charitable donations to con bills, and can't account for the money it collected."
PA has a specific crime called "Charity Fraud" as set forth in 10. P.S. 162.1 et seq, specifically the portion located at 10 P.S. 162.15, which bars the use of deceptive conduct in soliciting charity donations. /12
In Pennsylvania, you know who investigates potential claims of violations of the charity act?
The Attorney General of the Commonwealth. They have a whole DEPARTMENT to do this. /19
BUT We do not know, and if the people in crosshairs are smart THEY WILL NOT say anything without talking to an attorney. /21
"BOOZY, YOU'RE NORMALLY CALM AND NOT THIS BLUNT ABOUT STUFF."
I go out of pocket to travel to cons and raise money for charities. Fuck anyone that takes food out of a charity's mouth.
The performers who travel to a LOT of cons? We smile and nod publicly then get together privately and talk about the absolute shitstorms. We do this so as not to harm a con that may be having growing pains.
But you better believe WE TALK.