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Small Minnesota bail nonprofit pulled into presidential politics, draws Trump criticism

A Minnesota nonprofit that raised $30 million in a week’s time to help pay bail for people protesting police violence in the Twin Cities has come under criticism from President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.

The Trump campaign and the RNC are calling attention to a media report that 13 staffers on former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

Following the demonstrations and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, the small nonprofit group found itself promoted by multiple celebrities on social media as a way to financially support protesters.

“Joe Biden’s campaign staff joined Hollywood celebrities to donate money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund — a donation pool dedicated to posting bail for the very people arrested and responsible for […]

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