Oregon Standoff: Beaver State brothers raise over 26K in 'Go Home' Bundy campaign
Two Oregon brothers have already raised over $26,000 in a campaign to get the Bundy brothers and their fellow armed occupiers out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where they have been camped out since January 2.
The brothers, Zach and Jake Klonoski, launched the 'Go Home' fundraising campaign on Sunday, with those opposing the occupiers set to benefit from the donations.
These beneficiaries include the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions; Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; the Southern Poverty Law Center; and the Burns Paiute Reservation, the Native American tribe who claim their ancestors were the original inhabitants of the land.
The campaign ‒ called G.O.H.O.M.E., short for Getting the Occupiers of Historic Oregon Malheur Evicted ‒ hopes that, by collecting money for organizations that represent the opposite to the Bundy brothers' beliefs, it will make the armed militia members leave.
People pledge per day and this amount increases every day of the occupation; so far the campaign has 649 pledges.
The total amount raised will be split between the four groups once the occupation ends, so the longer it continues, the more cash that will be raked in by the groups that the occupiers detest.
Jake Klonoski said the idea came to him from an article on an annual neo-Nazi march turned into a walkathon by residents of a small German town, raising money for neo-Nazi recovery groups, according to Katu.com.
The brothers, who come from Eugene, followed the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch.
So when the latest standoff involving his sons happened in Oregon,"we were not very happy," Zach Klonoski, who works for the mayor of Portland , told the Oregonian.
"We feel Oregonians generally oppose the occupation," he said, "and we want to provide them with a peaceful and meaningful way to express their anger, frustration and opposition."
The armed group of ranchers, militia members and their supporters headed by Ammon and Ryan Bundy are demanding Malheur National Forest, currently managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, be handed over to locals in the area.
They also want the father and son ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson, released from prison.