Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford has been making serious money off of crowdfunding since Thursday’s hearings, with nearly $700,000 from just two of 17 separate accounts on GoFundMe.
“During Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, under questioning about how she was paying security and legal costs, Ford said some of it could be covered by GoFundMe accounts that have been started to help her,” MarketWatch reported Thursday.
“Her mention of the crowd-funding website caused the authenticated GoFundMe webpage helping her to take off. It jumped from about $179,000 to $305,000 and counting merely 30 minutes later, according to the publicly displayed funds counter.”
That authenticated campaign has now collected over $528,000 — enough that the family is “officially turning off this campaign.”
“A statement of gratitude from the family will be forthcoming in the next 48 hours with a fuller explanation, but in the meantime, do keep your comments coming,” a statement on the page reads. “I am sharing them with her.”
On the fundraising site, the Ford family said the money was necessary to counter the “right wing smear machine” and the “serious threats” it claims is directed at her.
“This is all really expensive and she needs our help. We need to protect the voices of brave people who speak out – especially when they are part of our community,” the page reads.
A second GoFundMe campaign, which has garnered over $200,000, was set up to “(c)over Dr. Blasey’s security costs.”
“Due to death threats, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (who uses ‘Dr. Blasey’ professionally) and her family have had to leave their residence and arrange for private security,” the page, apparently created by a Georgetown professor, reads.
“Let’s create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks. If we raise more than Dr. Blasey needs, extra funds will go to women’s organizations and/or into an account to cover similar costs incurred in comparable situations.
How the aim of this account differs from that of the official account is a mystery to me, but it’s certainly taken in a fair amount of cash. Of course, it’s not as if Ford won’t be needing money; since she came forward as the writer of the once-mysterious letter, a number of Democrat-linked heavyweights have entered her orbit. According to the Daily Wire, however, Ford doesn’t even know how to use the site.
“I’m aware that there’s been several GoFundMe sites,” she said during her testimony.
“I haven’t had a chance to figure out how to manage those because I’ve never had one.”
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