The raw emotion and bipartisan outrage sparked by the test vote Friday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has spilled over into dueling online fundraising efforts.
GoFundMe pages raising money for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982 — were flooded with donations after Blasey Ford mentioned the crowdfunding sites during the nationally televised hearing.
By Friday afternoon, a GoFundMe campaign for Blasey Ford had raised nearly $542,000 and had stopped. Donations to one page jumped from $179,000 before her testimony. A separate fund to raise funds to endow an academic chair and/or scholarships in Blasey Ford’s name raised $29,536.
“We are working directly with all campaign organizers and guarantee the funds raised will be transferred directly to the Ford family,” GoFundMe spokeswoman Catherine Cichy told MarketWatch.
Meanwhile supporters of Kavanaugh, who angrily maintained his innocence at Thursday’s hearing, had poured in nearly $607,000 into a GoFundMe campaign, up from just $68,000 a week ago, to raise money “for Brett Kavanaugh’s family to use for security or however they see fit,” the organizer wrote. (Both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh have said they’ve received death threats.)