What Happened to $400,000 Raised for Homeless Man on GoFundMe?

posted by Lance Houston - 

Johnny Bobbitt made headlines when he came to the rescue of Kate McClure, 28. Her car stalled on a highway ramp in Philadelphia last October, and Johnny used his last $20 to pay for her gas. The heartwarming story became a national sensation, with TV appearances and their photo running in newspapers everywhere after McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, launched a GoFundMe campaign to find Bobbitt a home.

Over $400,000 was raised on behalf of Johnny, but he claims he's only seen a fraction of it. In an interview with the Inquirer, Johnny said that McClure and D'Amico gave him half the money, which he used to buy a camper and a vehicle (both of which he has since sold).  About $200,000 of the fundraised money is still unused and is controlled by McClure and D'Amico.

D'Amico told the Inquirer the money is sitting in a savings account and Bobbitt will only have access to it once he's employed and off drugs.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, GoFundMe talked about their role in the issue, saying,

"GoFundMe is looking into the claims of misuse regarding this campaign. When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place. We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors' intentions are honored. GoFundMe always cooperates with Law Enforcement investigations."


title

Content Goes Here