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Christine Blasey Ford GoFundMe Tops Half a Million Dollars in #ResistanceBucks

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:04 pm

Her lawyers are pro bono. Where is all this money going?

Ford GoFundMe

Very shortly after Laura Ingraham raised questions about the amount, the campaign announced it was no longer accepting donations. Who knows how many more #ResistanceBucks Ford could have raked in otherwise?

This raises genuine concerns about the incentives that such crowdfunding creates for people to make new claims against Kavanaugh, no matter how incredible. Why would someone come forward with a ridiculous claim like Avenatti’s “rape train” client? Here are 500,000 possible reasons.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

81 Responses to “Christine Blasey Ford GoFundMe Tops Half a Million Dollars in #ResistanceBucks”

  1. Ugh. Here come the ugly comments.

    Simon Jester (93ec11)

  2. Maybe she’ll add a third door to the living room. After all, you can’t be too careful…

    Dave (b5a707)

  3. Same could be asked about the finances surrounding the Wellspring Committee. Both cases for America’s armchair Columbos. But for my money, the FBI can’t run this whole mess to ground one way or another quick enough.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  4. @2. ROFLMAO. Veins of comedy gold just keep opening up by the hour w/this, don’t they.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  5. Maybe DCSCA will go Sherlock Holmes and find a possible reason someone would make these accusations and subject herself to the torment of going public.

    Half a million reasons and counting looks like.

    harkin (7f4688)

  6. What did pt Barnum, say, it does follow the pattern of strzok and mccabe, doesn’t it?

    Narciso (4843d0)

  7. Which was for a bnb rental in 2008, oh they didn’t tell you that?

    Narciso (4843d0)

  8. Meanwhile Cavanaugh whose had his life turned upside down whose wife and children have been harassed hes been able to raise a fraction of that.

    Narciso (4843d0)

  9. @5.

    ‘Maybe’ you can take it from there, harkin. Gonna make some popcorn and watch SNL.

    Enjoy the evening.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  10. Money!
    It’s a hit!
    Don’t give me that do goody good bull____!

    nk (dbc370)

  11. If Rush Limbaugh is correct that it was Bill Clinton who made his show a success and him very rich, then Ms. Ford can thank Donald Trump for her windfall. How does that go: Democrats haven’t hated a Republican President so much since Abraham Lincoln freed their slaves?

    nk (dbc370)

  12. She looked nothing like her picture on TV. Is she really only 51 years old?

    nk (dbc370)

  13. If gentry liberals and earnest wage slaves want to spend their money shoveling it to a tenured college professor with risible claims then I am not about to stop them. This is one of the areas where I am full-blown libertarian: whatever people what to do with their money is no concern of mine (insert the usual qualifications regarding legality here), and that goes for George Soros just as much as it does for Charles and David Koch.

    JVW (42615e)

  14. Breaking news…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Maybe DCSCA will go Sherlock Holmes and find a possible reason someone would make these accusations and subject herself to the torment of going public.

    Half a million reasons and counting looks like.

    Not only that, but regardless of how the Kavanaugh confirmation vote turns out, Prof. Ford can look forward to a life of being flown around (first class, because we know know much flying stresses her out), feted at dinners, and given lavish honoraria for banal speeches to left-wing groups. Here’s guessing that she will have a speaking slot at the 2020 Democrat Convention. Let’s hope that Keith Ellison is the presiding chair when she ascends to the podium.

    JVW (42615e)

  16. Senate Judiciary Committee refers people for prosecution for making false accusations against Kavanaugh.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. That is a lot of people who don’t know how gofundme works. Ford wasn’t actually involved in setting these up, yes as in multiple, there are half a dozen with her name attached which have raised more than $700k. The one referenced is actually closed now. None of them appear to actually be Ford, gofundme is supposed to ensure that only the named parties benefit, but that’s obviously a problem.

    Check to track the scams.

    Gofundme has confirmed that they will be holding this money specifically to be directed by Ford, who is unaffiliated with these campaigns at present and they have yet to be in contact with.

    So what does this mean? Like with most things, scammers have jumped in to make a buck. It is likely that gofundme will refund the bulk of this, minus their fees of course (7.9%), a very large percentage of pledges are refunded in most gofundme campaigns anyway. If Ford does connect with them, she may take the money, since it was gifted to her, she may tell them to refund it, or she may redirect the funds to something else.

    Don’t pledge money on gofundme, its likely a scam, and if not, there are better ways to help people.

    Colonel Klink (a72415)

  18. Yissss!

    nk (dbc370)

  19. “BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee Refers People For Prosecution On False Kavanaugh Accusations.”,%20FBI%20-%20Referral%20for%20Criminal%20Investigation.pdf

    Go get ‘em.

    I guess Ford’s accusations were too nebulous, only good enough to destroy a career and/or keep him away from girls’ basketball teams.

    harkin (a4b010)

  20. You know, Colonel Klink, I think that most of us know exactly how GoFundMe works. I’m not sure what you read into any comments here, but none of us to my knowledge were alleging that Prof. Ford herself was raising money. In fact, our whole point here is that left-wing activists on behalf of Prof. Ford are raising money to be distributed to her. That way she doesn’t have her fingerprints on it, just like your huffing and puffing suggests. But either way, just as you rightly point out, the money will go to Prof. Ford unless she chooses to decline it.

    Some right-wing activists were trying to raise money on GoFundMe to pay for security concerns for Brett Kavanaugh’s family, but I think they have ended the campaign at the request of people close to Kavanaugh. Let’s see if Prof. Ford declines the funds as well.

    But my point about her now being an in-demand feminist speaker with a nice honorarium level stands.

    JVW (42615e)

  21. Statement for services rendered:

    One (1) polygraph examination, containing two (2) questions, @ $200,000.00 ea.:


    (“Correct” result comes along for free.)

    The real truth, though, is that that guy (who did the polygraph) will make his fortune off the future business this generates, not this fee. Polygraphy may be a young science, but this guy is from the world’s oldest profession.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  22. But my point about her now being an in-demand feminist speaker with a nice honorarium level stands.

    And the voice of Tweety in the next Sylvester and Tweety movie/Toon series.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. Polygraphy may be a young science, but this guy is from the world’s oldest profession.

    Surely, beldar, you’ve heard the old joke:

    1 Now, the snake was the most subtle of all the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’

    2 The woman answered the snake, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden.

    3 But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, “You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death.” ‘

    4 Then the snake said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die!

    5 God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.’

    So consulting (and some people substitute lawyers here; but I am being kind) is in fact the oldest profession.

    JVW (42615e)

  24. I was wondering where the puttycat was.

    Narciso (4843d0)

  25. Hard miles on teh woman…. for her age, especially.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. “Where is all this money going?”

    Payoff for services rendered to the Democrat Party in the matter of smearing Brett Kavanaugh.

    Bill M (906260)

  27. I’ve taken several poli’s.

    They aren’t cheap, they are designed to make you feel uncomfortable, and they ask more questions than two. They also ask the same questions over and over again in random order. But whatever let’s believe she doesn’t even know who paid for it and didn’t ask why she needed it. It just sprung on her like rain. They hooked her up to all those wires and she went “little ol me ok, I don’t even know why I’m doing this”


    Regardless of your political persuasion if you don’t think this all was calculated you are lying or have Down syndrome

    Hi (72bfde)

  28. For real, how can any of us have a convo about this if people on the left don’t admit this is a paid for smear irregardless if you believe Ford?

    Hi (72bfde)

  29. Just another avenue for home wreckers to ruin lives.
    How many more, Mr. Speaker, how many more?

    mg (9e54f8)

  30. irregardless is not a word.

    Colonel Klink (a72415)

  31. One thing this Senatorial Cuokoos Nest proved – Now is the Perfect time for Term Limits

    mg (9e54f8)

  32. Let’s hope that Keith Ellison is the presiding chair when she ascends to the podium.

    And, let’s hope, that the media is willing to call her out if she lets it slide.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  33. irregardless is not a word.

    Don’t mean to dis you, but by repeated usage it is.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  34. Now is the Perfect time for Term Limits

    20 years ago would have been even more perfect.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  35. irregardless is not a word.

    Intersectionality didn’t use to be a word either, but here we are.

    JVW (42615e)

  36. No doubt about that, Kevin M.

    mg (9e54f8)

  37. “Societal” is another non-word word that must die.

    Dave (445e97)

  38. juanita broderick say women who accuse republican kavenaugh should not be believd. only women who accuse democrats like clinton should be believed.

    lany (09fd23)

  39. Yup, lany – she also has a mug fit for being hit with a frozen ham.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  40. The story today, across all the Major Scumbag Media, is what SNL put on last night. Yes, yes, the media is the enemy of the American people.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. SNL is for old folks.

    DRJ (46c88f)

  42. broadcast network television generally is for shut-ins and friendless people

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  43. was just thinking this morning how the lick-lick fascists at Disney had pissed away two top 10 shows

    (roseanne and tim allen)

    because like Jeffy Flake they indulge a juvenile hatred of President Trump (feels so good so virtuous) and put obeisance to their diseased conformist cult-think ahead of honestly representing their constituents/shareholders

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  44. Lots of Pro Bono retainer agreements state that the legal work is free unless and until the client comes into money.

    Wanna bet with me on this one?

    Fred Z (05d938)

  45. And they moved agents of shield till next june:

    Narciso (ea76d8)

  46. With the ACLU coming out again as a partisan political organization and against due process, why are they still given nonprofit status?

    NJRob (1d7532)

  47. Oh dang, the ACLU renounced due process?? That’s big, where’d you see that?

    Leviticus (7d1f87)

  48. So you would take her case?

    Narciso (ea76d8)

  49. The ACLU has opposed 4 SCOTUS nominees in its history: Rehnquist, Bork, Alito and now Kavanaugh. It’s reason for opposing Kavanaugh:

    “As a nonpartisan organization, the ACLU does not oppose Judge Kavanaugh based on predictions about how he would vote as a Justice. We oppose him in light of the credible allegations of sexual assault against him,” concluded Herman.

    The ACLU said the burden is on Kavanaugh to prove his fitness, which apparently means proving the charges are false since the opposition is based on the pending allegations.

    DRJ (15874d)


    Right on their own website Leviticus.

    But that’s to be expected from an organization that has renounced liberty in the case of partisanship.

    NJRob (1d7532)

  51. ACLU, NPR, United Nations and Planned Butcherhood need to be removed from American soil.

    mg (9e54f8)

  52. I wish Kavanugh would decline and that Trump,would nominate Bill Clinton.

    Marina (9989e5)

  53. Some may enjoy it; some may rant against it mightily; some may weep at its inhumanity, unfairness, and/or dastardadility; some may go “meh”, and even mean that; some may be too well-informed or savvy or timid to even watch it. Something, then, for everyone! SNL Cold Open on the Kavanaugh portion of the SJC hearing. (Gotta be the longest Cold Open in history (or herstory!).)

    Q! (86710c)

  54. Leviticus, do you think the ACLU was fair in opposing Alito?

    DRJ (15874d)

  55. For those keeping score: the word for today is ‘defiant’. I heard it once last night and twice today on tv/radio.

    Kavanaugh is defiant in the face of American Women who he can’t be trusted treat fairly.

    harkin (a4b010)

  56. Off-topic: Trump: Kim Jong Un And I ‘Fell in Love’ After ‘He Wrote Me Beautiful Letters’

    Vlad, his other murderous, dictatorial love interest, must be jealous as hell.

    Dave (445e97)

  57. friends and countrymen
    Virtual Burka Protest
    caw caw caw caw CAW!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  58. rent-free… 24x7x365

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  59. The Dems last-ditch effort to delay will be an EPIC FAIL.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  60. ““They bullied me backstage,” Kanye told the audience before NBC cut him off. “They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage. They bullied me! And then they say I’m in a sunken place. You want to see the sunken place? Okay, Imma put my Superman cape on, because you can’t tell me what to do.”

    Because NBC cut Kanye off mid-speech when he started to bash liberals, comedian Chris Rock posted a video of Kanye on social media.

    In the excerpt, West praised President Trump and denounced the Democratic Party for exploiting minorities to gain power.”

    harkin (a4b010)

  61. 53- Marina
    Love it.

    mg (9e54f8)

  62. After Screwing the GOP, Jeff Flake Parties with Sen. Coons, Rock Stars at Global Citizen Festival

    harkin (a4b010)

  63. rent-free… 24x7x365

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 9/30/2018 @ 8:35 am

    Hey everybody, stop paying attention to what the current US president is doing, please. Sure, this just happened and it’s very important, but haven’t we covered how Trump coddles communist dictators the last 50 times he did that? It’s crazy that anyone would talk about it now! Dave, you should hush up so we can get back to talking about what really matters (Hillary stuff).

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  64. Why couldn’t a couple of wealthy D’s in Silicon Valley have put together this whole scam?

    Told Dr. Ford, to go forward and slime Kavanaugh, and we’ll donate $1/2 million to you in GoFund.

    Does anyone check Gofund? Is there a $ limit? I don’t think so.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  65. When did the ACLU become some sort of centrist organization? LOL.

    They were a communist front group for 50 years. Then Far Left.

    Ginsberg was ACLU President or something.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  66. Duplex available… rent-free 24x7x365… $100 cleaning deposit, no pets allowed

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)


    Dustin (ba94b2)

  68. Love the presidents imitation of Pelosi. Yes I enjoy him giving these hacks crap. After compassionate conservatism failed miserably. Killing are troops like booooosh and Obama did is not compassionate. Deaths that need not have happened.

    mg (9e54f8)

  69. No house training required… inquire within.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  70. I feel good that I rejected Trump before he praised a north korean dictator who would murder everyone in this thread if he could.

    I wish Trump were back on some reality show and I could go back to not thinking about him. Unfortunately, coddling dictators will have ramifications for our nation’s future. The pleas to stop discussing Trump’s behavior grow more desperate every day.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  71. Too busy thinkin’ ’bout dat Trumpy
    And he ain’t got time for nothin’ else

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  72. And what of the Wellspring Committee… finances the JCN w/mucho ‘mystery bucks.’

    What’s the sourcing? Who could it be? The Koch brothers? The Catholic church? The Israelis? The Saudis? Disney? Deutsche Bank? Russian oligarchs? Vladimir Putin? ‘Dark money’… nobody knows.

    “Follow the money.” – ‘Deep Throat’ [Hal Holbrook] ‘All The President’s Men’ 1976

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  73. Too busy thinkin’ ’bout dat Trumpy
    And he ain’t got time for nothin’ else

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 9/30/2018 @ 11:23 am

    Zero self awareness.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  74. i adore President trump

    especially this week when failmerica feels so rudderless and flake-molested

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  75. I’ve been singing “He ate kimchee and fell in love” all morning.

    nk (dbc370)

  76. failmerica feels so rudderless

    It really does seem that way.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  77. Dave, you should hush up so we can get back to talking about what really matters (Hillary stuff).

    I r sowwy.

    Dave (445e97)

  78. here’s a gofund me for Kavanaugh that has about half a million raised. Maybe he set this all up and he and Ford are splitting all the money?

    1) Get nominated to supreme court
    2) Accusers come out of the woodworks
    3) Both sides get riled up and raise millions on GoFundMe
    4) Profit!

    Manataur (8b1937)

  79. gofundme’s a remarkably sleazy operation

    i’d rather just buy somebody some tacos al pastor and fedex them directly

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  80. What’s it take to become a sublime exuepndor of prose like yourself?

    Holland (0adfff)

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