This is a donation driven project written by a single developer. Why would he do this? What benefits would come from collecting personal information and hiding it from users?
Palant claims that Adblock is covertly scaling up into something similar to what Adblock Plus has done.
Anyway, I'm not sure these browser extensions are sufficiently complex and hard to maintain that they can't like Adblock Edge be run by volunteers. If anything it's the filter list maintainers who should get our donations. The big adblockers only have scope to "turn evil" to the extent that people don't switch.