As pressure mounts on Larry Cook and his Facebook Group Stop Mandatory Vaccination, his typically calm demeanor are starting to frazzle. In an update to the group, Cook said that a large news outlet would be running a story on him. He called the article a “hit” piece about the fundraisers and donations he receives for running his website and groups. While he may believe he is a targeted victim, he has a long history of starting campaigns and fundraisers which he admits “go directly to me.”
Cook’s long run of bleeding his group for cash may be approaching the end. As more mainstream media outlets learn about his group, the pressure is mounting on the anti-vax conman.
In a post to the group last night, Larry posted,
The outlet is known for its in-depth investigations into the seedy underworld of Facebook. Cook told the group he knows the article will paint him in a very negative light. His assumption is probably accurate given his shady background of soliciting money from his followers.
For years, the anti-vax cult leader has started dozens of GoFundMe campaigns to “help” spread the truth. He has an on-going campaign that has been active for 47 months. The “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” campaign has raised $56,636 in that time.
In the description, Cook says he needs the cash to make videos, educational information, and written content to spread awareness about vaccine injuries. Videos produced by the conman contain fear-mongering, anecdotes not based on scientific fact. He often hires naturopaths and alternative health quacks to narrate the deceptive ‘films.’
Two weeks ago Cook opened a new GoFundMe campaign titled “Save Vaccine Exemptions in the USA.” He started the campaign due to the growing pressure in Washington to stop personal exemptions for vaccines. Initially, he said the money would help the parents affected in the area, but he decided to change the fundraiser days later to support the ‘nation.’
GoFundMe campaigns are not the only way Larry solicits funds for his cause. On his website, an entire page provides multiple methods supporters can fund his lavish con.
In 2017 Cook took heat for using donations to fund his personal life. Following the scrutiny from skeptics and the media, he penned a letter explaining how he handles the money. The letter dated March 17, 2017, says,
“All donations to me go directly to me and into my bank account, and from there I and I alone decide how to use the funds to further my Stop Mandatory Vaccination public awareness goals. I do not have a 501c3 nonprofit and, although I have considered forming one, I have determined that, at this time, there is not enough donation revenue to warrant the expense of setting up a nonprofit and running it (I ran a nonprofit for four years, so I know something about this).”
“I am not beholden to any social media “oversight committee” or individuals who believe they should have any say into how or where I spend the donations that I receive, or even question where and how I use the money donated. I use my best judgment to further my public awareness goals and people may decide if they want to donate to my efforts, or not. With that said…Money donated to me may be used to pay my personal bills, hire help when I shoot videos, pay for video editing, purchase equipment, pay for Facebook advertising, pay for my ongoing email list management (Mailchimp), pay volunteers who help me, pay for software, pay writers, pay photographers, pay website hosting, pay for volunteer online management software, pay for plugins for the website, and any and all other expenses related directly or indirectly to my public awareness efforts.”
He went on to say why he was speaking out about the donations,
“I am posting this on my website in response to ongoing and near daily character assassination happening against me in social media. People who engage in character assassination do so because they are unable to criticize the actual work that someone produces and therefore go after character from a place of envy, jealousy, rage and fanaticism.”
Cook has received a lot of pushback from adversaries of his mission which he calls “trolls.” The ‘trolls’ have questioned his financial honesty. As evidenced by his statement, people should be skeptical of his money trail. He admits to having ‘no oversight committee.’ Donors must accept and trust that he will do what he promises with their money.
Cook’s fulltime job is running his Stop Mandatory Vaccination website. He is not a doctor, medical professional, nor does he have an education in science. On his about section, his training is in video production and photography.
With no background in Science, his books lack scientific data or facts. Therefore anything published by Cook on vaccines can be considered about as valuable as last month’s waste sitting in a landfill.
As more media outlets expose him for being a fraud, his behavior could become more erratic. If Facebook shuts down his group and page, Cook’s money train of comfortable living will dry up.
For now, Cook is requesting all of his members to sign up for his email list. He’s also suggesting that members start their Stop Mandatory Vaccination Groups. Whether his group will get Zucc’d is unknown. But things are indeed changing for the worse for the anti-vax cult leader.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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