Marine vet Daniel Penny’s GiveSendGo legal defense fund is site’s second-biggest campaign
Marine veteran Daniel Penny’s crowdfunding campaign to pay his legal fees in the death of an erratic homeless man on the New York City subway is among GiveSendGo’s most successful fundraisers in its history, the company’s co-founder told Fox News Digital.
“It’s the No. 2 ever on GiveSendGo,” Chief Financial Officer Jacob Wells said. “This definitely has sparked an emotional response with many people.”
He added that, at one point, the fund was raising $1,000 a minute after the Marine vet was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter in the May 1 death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely.
According to Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass, Neely, who suffered from mental illness, was acting aggressively on the Manhattan subway car, “making threats and scaring passengers,” when Penny dragged him to the floor and put him in a chokehold.
A woman in her 60s who was on the train told Fox News Digital Penny is a “hero” who intervened to protect other passengers from harm. Neely has a history of violent attacks on passengers.
The death has attracted national attention and has divided the country, with many calling Penny a “hero” and others denouncing him as a “murderer.”
But more than 55,000 supporters have spoken with their wallets, flooding GiveSendGo with donations totaling more than $2,711,000 as of Sunday morning.
Wells said, unlike GoFundMe, the largest crowdfunding platform, GiveSendGo allows campaigns for people accused of violent crimes.