Kavanaugh Turned Down GoFundMe Dollars While Blasey Ford Hits Paydirt
'You had absolutely nothing to gain by bringing these facts to the Senate Judiciary Committee,' one Dem senator memorably said
After the contentious hearings for the now-confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an interesting financial juxtaposition has emerged.
While Kavanaugh reportedly has turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for him and his family through a GoFundMe campaign,Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has raked in a million bucks — and several book deal offers.
Kavanaugh declined over $600,000 in small donations that had been collected during his confirmation hearings, Yahoo reported, as he endured divisive and bitter rhetoric nationally over his nomination, public protests, and multiple unfounded accusations regarding sexual assault.
The GoFundMe reportedly closed on October 6 when Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh turned down the donations, citing judicial ethics, as Yahoo reported, stating that while he appreciated the sentiment, ethics rules precluded him from accepting the funds.
Travis Lenkner, a former clerk of Kavanaugh’s, sent the statement from Kavanaugh 10 days ago, noted The Daily Wire; but John Hawkins, a conservative who organized the GoFundMe campaign, said he didn’t publish the letter immediately, as he needed time to decide where to place the raised funds.
Hawkins wrote, in part, “When the money started coming in … it was at a crucial point in the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh. The mainstream media was doing everything in its power to destroy him; Democrats were going all-in to stop him and whether he’d be confirmed or not was really up in the air. When it mattered most, over 13,000 people stood up for a good man who was being attacked. We sent a message not just to the media and the Republicans in the Senate who needed to stiffen their spines, but to the Kavanaugh team when it really mattered.”
He added, “The last thing any of us want is for our attempt to help Judge Kavanaugh’s family to be used against him. Given the strictness of the ethics rules and the possibility that the judge could get in trouble if he’s tied to this in any way, I made it clear that we wouldn’t want a public ‘Thank you’ that could potentially be used against him.”
Hawkins also noted that from the beginning of the campaign, it was understood that if the Kavanaughs couldn’t or wouldn’t take the funds, that money would be donated to a charity.
“I did some research on charities supported by the judge and settled on the Archdiocese of Washington, which runs the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Brett Kavanaugh rather famously coached girls’ basketball there and if the Kavanaugh family were allowed to support a charity, I feel confident the Archdiocese of Washington would be near the top of the list. After talking to the Archdiocese of Washington about the best way to use the funds to help the sort of kids Brett Kavanaugh has been working with, we’re going to split the money between three of their programs: The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the Tuition Assistance Fund, and the Victory Youth Center.”
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has received nothing short of a windfall since she accused him of sexual assault — but was subsequently unable to corroborate her allegations.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a house party back in 1982, when they were both high school students.
Ford has raked in an estimated $1 million from crowdfunding campaigns supporting her and several book deals, RealClearInvestigations reported.
“You had absolutely nothing to gain by bringing these facts to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) memorably said during Ford’s September testimony, as Breitbart noted.
“I want to thank you,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also said during the September hearing. “Because you clearly have nothing to gain for what you have done.”
Two of the GoFundMe pages in support of Ford raised more than $842,000 so far, “and money is still coming in weeks after her testimony on Capitol Hill,” said Breitbart.
A GoFundMe spokesperson confirmed to RealClearInvestigations that Ford and her husband have access to the money from these fundraisers.
Ford and her husband “can withdraw as much as they want whenever they want for any purpose. Payments would be electronically deposited into the Fords’ bank account within two to five business days of initiating withdrawals,” said GoFundMe spokesperson Katherine Cichy, noted Breitbart.
Ford has also reached hero status in Palo Alto, California, her home town.
Mayor Liz Kniss, a Democrat, announced this month that she planned to honor Ford in a public ceremony at a Palo Alto City Council meeting.