College professor Christine Blasey Ford testified Thursday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982. During her testimony, Ford mentioned that a number of GoFundMe sites have raised funds on her behalf.
What did she say?
"I'm aware that there's been several GoFundMe sites," Blasey Ford told Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor who was hired by the GOP majority to ask questions at the hearing. "I haven't had a chance to figure out how to manage those because I've never had one."
She made the statement after Mitchell asked her how she would pay for her polygraph test and other costs associated with her testimony against Kavanaugh.
GoFundMe has more than a dozen fundraisers on the site that mention Blasey Ford by name. The crowdfunding website allows anyone to launch a fundraiser. The top two campaigns alone have brought in a total of nearly $700,000.
At the time of this writing, various GoFundMe pages for Blasey Ford have raised money on her behalf as follows:
- Help Christine Blasey Ford, $473,622 (donations are now closed)
- Cover Dr. Blasey’s security costs, $209,987 (donations are now closed)
- Honor Dr. Blasey as an Educator, nearly $12,000 in 22 hours, and donations are still rolling in.
- We Believe Women more than $50,000 to publish newspaper ads across the nation that support Blasey Ford. The campaign, which is still ongoing, has been up for eight days.
Other fundraisers that list her name have raised little to no money.
The text on the top fundraising campaign says:
Christine Blasey Ford demonstrated a huge amount of courage speaking out this week. She did not initially come forward because she was scared of the response. She was right to be scared. Not only has the right wing smear machine started, but she is receiving serious threats against her and has had to engage a security force to protect her family. 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.
Christine is Palo Alto mom, a beloved professor and mentor and friend. This fundraiser is sponsored by her neighbors and colleagues. She is truly grateful for your support!
Please note that we will not withdraw any of these funds. The family has been named the sole beneficiary and her husband will take the funds directly from GoFundMe.
"Her lawyers have paid for her polygraph ... as is routine," Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers tell prosecutor Rachel… https://t.co/gMz57hM2yM— PBS NewsHour (@PBS NewsHour) 1538072170.0
A GoFundMe account called Christine Blasey Ford is seeking to raise money to look into her background.
The page states:
This woman is destroying the reputation of a great man and we must learn more about the reasons why.
Please help me in the cause I will be working with private investigators to expose the truth and funding of this campaign to destroy a man. I will also be hire forensic accounting investigators to track down any payments.
By Friday morning, the fundraiser received one donation of $20.