An eBay auction to raise money for the man charged with killing a Wichita abortion doctor launched Sunday night despite eBay's pledge to nix it.
But organizers posted items that were less contentious than those they'd originally planned to sell, and they used spellings that make searches difficult.
"I really am hopeful that eBay can see that once this is up, that it is not a glorification of violence," said auction organizer Dave Leach, an abortion opponent from Iowa. "If the auction stays up, it will only be because eBay has been shamed into recognizing the nonviolent nature of the items."
eBay officials were not available Sunday for comment. But last week, they said the proposed listings violated the company's policy regarding offensive material.
"We do not oppose all listings that raise money for legal defense funds," said Jack Christin Jr., eBay's associate general counsel for government relations, in a Friday statement. "However, our policy does not permit listings that benefit someone charged with or convicted of a crime."
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