Richard Hopkins, Pa. postal whistleblower placed on unpaid leave, raises $233,000 on crowdfunding

Richard Hopkins, Pa. postal whistleblower placed on unpaid leave, raises $233,000 on crowdfunding


Pennsylvania postal worker Richard Hopkins took a financial hit after coming forward with ballot back-dating allegations, but fortunately for him, there’s crowdfunding.

Mr. Hopkins, 32, had raised as of Tuesday more than $233,000 on Give Send Go, the Christian crowdfunding site where he posted a campaign last week after being suspended without pay from his job and kicked off GoFundMe.

“Your donations are going to help me now that I have been put on unpaid leave from my job in Erie and have been ostracized by most of my coworkers,” said Mr. Hopkins on his page. “I hope to get a new start in a place I feel safe and continue supporting my children while I find out what comes next.”

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He added that his employer, the Erie Post Office, “has already been threatening my employment and trying to silence me. I am scared for myself, my family and those closest to me.”

Mr. Hopkins, who first made his

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