The Oatmeal's Operation Bearlove Charity Money Now Under Threat

By Sam Gibbs on at

Just when you thought the legal mess around The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk's lawyer Charles Carreon couldn't get any worse, Carreon's trying to stop the £141,000 raised for charity from being donated.

Essentially Carreon is claiming that if IndieGoGo -- the charity fundraising site -- actually pays the money to Matthew Inman, and then he donates the money to the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society as planned, he'll be able to use the donation as a massive tax dodge.

Technically, when you give to charity you can offset that against the tax you pay to the government. In this country you can opt to let the charity you're donating to claim it back in what we call Gift Aid. Carreon says:

“Pilfering very small amounts of money from very large numbers of people is a stock mechanism for conducting computer and Internet fraud. Preventing Inman from exploiting the giving public in such a fashion is in the public interest.”

Yes, I guess technically he is right, but what kind of world does Carreon live in to think this was all about the tax? Actually, scrub that, he's a lawyer, no wonder he thinks like that.

For what it's worth, if he does eventually get the money, Inman still plans to withdraw it in cold hard cash, and to take a photo of it along with a drawing of FunnyJunk's mum, before donating the cash to the charities with receipts and public confirmations from the charities. Let's just hope he gets the chance. [Adam Steinbaugh via Ars Technica]