‘Her lawyers said they were representing her on a pro-bono basis. Why does she need all of this money?’…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Senate Democrats and the mainstream news media repeatedly championed Christine Blasey Ford as a sexual assault survivor who had “nothing to gain” by coming forward and accusing Judge (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape.
Turns out, Blasey Ford had a lot to gain — nearly a seven-figure windfall.
“You had absolutely nothing to gain by bringing these facts to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, said during her testimony in Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings last month.
“I want to thank you because you clearly have nothing to gain for what you have done,” added Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
Those assertions now seem laughable given that Blasey Ford stands to gain nearly $1 million from national crowd funding campaigns funded by Democratic and progressive supporters.
Blasey Ford has said she intends to cash in on those donations, and she’s rumored to be entertaining several lucrative book deals.
To date, two GoFundMe accounts have raised over $842,000 and another separate account has garnered more than $120,000 — and donations are still coming in.
But something isn’t adding up.
The crowd funding campaigns were ostensibly set up to help pay for Blasey Ford’s legal bills. However, her all-star team of activist lawyers alleged worked for free due to the severity of her alleged victimization and the opportunity to raise public awareness about the supposed national epidemic of sexual assault.
“Her lawyers said they were representing her on a pro-bono basis. Why does she need all of this money?” an attorney familiar with the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into her allegations told Real Clear Investigations.
Taxpayers footed the bill for the rest of Blasey Ford’s expenses.
According to Senate Judiciary staff, Democratic committee members used half of a $1 million committee allotment to pay for her legal fees, lie detector test, transportation costs, security and other expenses.
Blasey Ford recently addressed the issue to her supporters.
“The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up,” she said in a recent statement posted on the GoFundMe page of the “Help Christine Blasey Ford.”
Under GoFundMe terms, Blasey Ford and her husband can withdraw as much money as they want, whenever they want, for whatever reason they want. Payments are electronically deposited into the bank account of a fundraising subject within two to five business days.
Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party 35 years ago, although she did not tell anyone about the alleged incident until Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. She then contacted California senior senator, Diane Feinstein, who happens to be the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The FBI investigated the alleged sexual assault but was unable to corroborate any of her claims, including fundamental details like the time and place of the alleged crime or any supporting statements from witnesses she claimed were at the party in question.
Politically-oriented crowd funding is increasingly problematic. Unlikepolitical donations, it’s unregulated and may be effectively creating bounties for political operatives looking to dish dirt on their opponents.
Records show that Blasey Ford’s Palo Alto home is currently worth $3.3 million, and her Santa Cruz beach house is worth another $1.03 million.
Earlier this month, she appealed to her GoFundMe donors to again contribute to her accounts.
She said she needed more money to defray the “costs for housing,” in addition to transportation and security.