PAYMENT Processor Stripe buckled under pressure last night and restored the account of Tommy Robinson, after attempting to stop his campaign contributions.
Stripe “reinstated the #VoteTommy account pending completion of that review, which we expect to be done within 14 days.“ said sources.
But following a letter from Mr. Robinson’s lawyer Ron Coleman, the account has been restored.
CAN’T STOP TOMMY
The establishment are waking-up in fear to the fact that Tommy’s message is resonating with British voters, the independent candidate for the EU elections was booted from Stripe this week, severely limiting his ability to fund-raise in the crucial final weeks of his nation-wide campaign.
Stripe, a leading online payment processing company based in San Francisco, ominously attempted to justify the move by saying that Robinson had violated their service agreement, according to his lawyer Ron Coleman.
Stripe informed Tommy earlier this week that two accounts in connection with him, VoteTommy (his official campaign account) and TROnline had been terminated.
In a letter to the company, US-based lawyer Coleman made it clear that Tommy’s campaign activities were in no way in violation of Stripe’s service agreement and demanded that the company explain the specific basis for the suspension.
Although our inquiry is with respect to both accounts, Tommy’s campaign organization used the VoteTommy Stripe account for campaign fundraising” Mr. Coleman stressed to them in his letter. “It is this termination that is of urgent concern. Tommy’s campaign and fundraising are entirely lawful under both UK and EU law. Tommy has complied with all legal requirements for registering as an official candidate and he will be on the ballot in the EU Parliament election on May 23rd . No other candidate has been deprived of service by Stripe in this election, to our knowledge.”
“The loss of the VoteTommy Stripe account for campaign-related fundraising mere days before the vote is seriously hindering Tommy’s ability to participate in the democratic process by which EU voters choose who will represent them in the EU Parliament. Yet the Stripe Services Agreement does not appear to prohibit any activity that would apply to Tommy, his campaign or their activities. For this reason, it is difficult to understand Stripe’s drastic actions.”
Tommy’s lawyer then went on to challenge the motive behind the suspension, stating: “We presume that Stripe has no intention of interfering in the EU electoral process by using its online service to ‘vote’ against a lawful candidate or to hamper EU voters’ right to hear from every candidate. Our purpose in writing, therefore, is to request that Stripe promptly advise the campaign, through this office, of the specific basis for this suspension.”