Begging for money on Go Fund Me, the owner spun a woeful tale about a “bitter dispute” with an outside vendor. This dispute they said, “is essentially holding the Snopes.com website hostage” by withholding ad revenue. However, their story isn’t entirely accurate. We know, hard to imagine, right?
Hard to imagine, right?
The outside vendor suing Snopes’ owner, David Mikkelson, is Proper Media. They purchased 50% of the company that owns the fact-checking site last year. That share belonged to Mikkelson’s ex-wife, Barbara. Their suit claims that “Mikkelson was unhappy that Barbara maintained ownership of half of what he always considered to be his company after the divorce.”
However, while Mikkelson has accused Proper Media of wrongdoing, the vendor has a different story to tell. One that involves fraud and embezzlement. Proper Media has alleged that Mikkelson not only broke the advertising contract but used “tens of thousands of [company] dollars” to cover legal fees for his divorce from Barbara last year.
Mikkelson reportedly also used company money to finance his honeymoon with a former escort and porn star, Elyssa Young, and romps with other escorts. Conveniently, those facts were left out on the Go Fund Me site. Despite not telling readers the truth, Mikkelson wants people to trust him that the money he collects will be used responsibly.
“The money will be used to meet our basic operating expenses, the overwhelming bulk of which is the salaries of our staff,” wrote Mikkelson.