Back in June, if you recall, Atlas had a falling out with Paypal. The leftist/Islamic machine tried to have me labeled a hate speech site, and Paypal was considering suspending my account. The whole story is here.
I switched to Gpal at the time in the hopes that Paypal would remove "hate speech site" designation status. Gpal came highly recommended. It was a relatively new payment clearing house devoted to second amendment rights and gun rights, which we love. The G in Gpal stands for guns, and the impetus for this start-up was in respone to Paypal's spineless business practice of refusing gun transactions.
But GPAL is having problems. How bad? I don't know, but I do know that I have not been able to transfer any monies donated to Atlas and SIOA out of GPAL. Robert at Jihadwatch is experiencing the same thing.
I withdrew funds last week for a new bus campaign I was initiating, and still nothing. An August transfer still has not come through. These are critical funds for us. And yes, I am worried.
Last night, Atlas reader Mike sent me a link to a gun forum discussing this very thing. I am investigating and will update as I know more. They have had a recent "security advisory" and unexplained charge back problems that raise red flags as well. Is it ineptitude (new business growing pains) or something more nefarious? I don't know, but I have removed their buttons from my sites (Paypal is back for the time being) and recommend that you hold off doing business with them until they explain -- which they haven't done. Proceed at your risk.
If you are experiencing similar problems, write firstname.lastname@example.org (they are very slow to respond). Their phone number is 1-800-813-GPAL(4725). I have called several times -- and sat on hold forever.
UPDATE: When I went back to find the exact date of my transfer, I was shocked to discover that all transactions prior to 30 days have been scrubbed from the account. WTF? We must have those records in order to report these contributions to the IRS. Scrubbed?