Tag Archives: money

Guest editorial | Life insurance: Terrorist’s victims or family – who gets the money?

The following editorial appeared in the New Castle News, a CNHI newspaper. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat.

Should the family of a mass murderer profit from his dark deed?

Common sense would say no. So does Aaron Bernstine.

Last week, the state representative introduced a bill that would limit life insurance payouts of individuals who die committing acts of terrorism. The proposal also calls for a portion of the terrorist’s life insurance benefits to be redirected to victims.

“We shouldn’t allow terrorism to be rewarded,” Bernstine said in a news release, adding, “To me, it’s a no-brainer that victims and their families are the ones who should be getting that money.”

It’s hard to argue with that thinking, and certainly, Bernstine is not the first to suggest it.

In a December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife,

Read more at: http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/guest-editorial-life-insurance-terrorist-s-victims-or-family-who/article_a26865d2-f704-11e7-b7f0-bffb37974e9d.html

Collecting Money After a Mass Shooting Is Easy. Giving It Away Is …

The aftermath of mass shootings in the U.S. invariably features an outpouring of donations for the victims and their families. These days, increasingly, that impulse to give is channeled through a crowdfunding website instead of a traditional nonprofit organization. 

A GoFundMe campaign reported more than $11.4 million in donations after an attack on a music festival in Las Vegas last month left nearly 60 dead and more than 500 wounded. Steve Sisolak, the commissioner of Clark County, launched the  appeal on the crowdfunding website. But unlike established charities such as the Red Cross, Sisolak doesn’t have long experience in the painstaking logistics of disbursing payments to a long list of victims.

GoFundMe, for its part, makes it easy to solicit funds from strangers and easy for those strangers to donate. The website collects a fee from the money that flows in, and channels the money to a payment processor, which charges its own fee. The company also guarantees refunds of

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/collecting-money-after-a-mass-shooting-is-easy-giving-it-away-is-tricky

Collecting Money After a Mass Shooting Is Easy. Giving It Away Is Tricky

The aftermath of mass shootings in the U.S. invariably features an outpouring of donations for the victims and their families. These days, increasingly, that impulse to give is channeled through a crowdfunding website instead of a traditional nonprofit organization. 

A GoFundMe campaign reported more than $11.4 million in donations after an attack on a music festival in Las Vegas last month left nearly 60 dead and more than 500 wounded. Steve Sisolak, the commissioner of Clark County, launched the  appeal on the crowdfunding website. But unlike established charities such as the Red Cross, Sisolak doesn’t have long experience in the painstaking logistics of disbursing payments to a long list of victims.

GoFundMe, for its part, makes it easy to solicit funds from strangers and easy for those strangers to donate. The website collects a fee from the money that flows in, and channels the money to a payment processor, which charges its own fee. The company also guarantees refunds of

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/collecting-money-after-a-mass-shooting-is-easy-giving-it-away-is-tricky

Rocklin concert raises money for mass shooting victims

A survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting organized a concert Friday night in Rocklin.

The concert raised money for mass shooting victims. The fundraiser also included a silent auction.

A live auction was held for a guitar autographs by several country music stars, including Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

Get the full story in the video above.

Read more at: http://www.kcra.com/article/rocklin-concert-raises-money-for-mass-shooting-victims/13521098

Las Vegas Sheriff Says Gunman of Mass Shooting Had Been Losing Money

A Las Vegas sheriff says the man who killed 58 people at a country music festival in the city last month had lost a significant amount of money in the two years before the shooting and had “bouts of depression.”

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told Las Vegas news station KLAS-TV that the loss of money may have been a “determining factor” in why gunman Stephen Paddock carried out the mass shooting.

Investigators have still not determined exactly what led Paddock to open fire at a country music festival on Oct. 1 from his high-rise suite. Paddock fatally shot himself after the mass shooting, which also left more than 500 people wounded.

“Since September 2015, he’s lost a significant amount of wealth, and I think that might have been a determining factor on what he was determined to do,” Lombardo said in the interview.

He described Paddock as a narcissist who may

Read more at: https://www.voanews.com/a/las-vegas-sheriff-says-gunman-of-mass-shooting-had-been-losing-money/4099316.html

Event raises money for Abigal Kopf’s recovery from mass shooting

KALAMAZOO, MI — Ashley Bilyk of Cooper Township has followed the story of Abigal Kopf, a survivor of the 2016 Kalamazoo mass shootings, since day one.

Bilyk has been involved in all the fundraising opportunities for the families affected by the mass shootings of Feb. 20, 2016, that left six dead and Abigal and another woman injured.

Turning a negative into a positive, Bilyk decided to organize a fundraiser to help the Kopf family pay for medical expenses.

“You can wish it all away or you can do something to help in the aftermath,” Bilyk said.

On Saturday morning, more than 32 vendors set up shop at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

Brittney Huepenbecker, a consultant for Lularoe Britt’s Boutique, also came out to support the Kopf family. Huepenbecker will donate $3 for every pair of leggings she sells and $5 for every other item.

Portage resident Christina Middleton crochets all her products by hand

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/02/cooper_township_woman_organize.html

$195m in NSW taxpayer money used to appeal life sentences of …

Nearly $200 million in taxpayer funds is being lavished on mass-murderers, gangsters and pedophiles through legal aid.

A former nurse, who caused the deaths of 11 elderly people when he lit two fires at a Sydney nursing home, is using taxpayers’ money to appeal his life sentence for a second time.

Roger Dean’s case is one of many appeals NSW Legal Aid is using its $195 million annual government funding to defend, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

Dean failed when he used legal aid lawyers in his first bid last December to cut his jail term, after causing the deaths of residents at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in western Sydney while they slept, on November 18 2011.

Roger Dean is being supported by government-funded lawyers for a second appeal to

Read more at: https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/33126046/195m-in-nsw-taxpayer-money-used-to-appeal-life-sentences-of-convicted-killers/