During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committe about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentioned that there are GoFundMe accounts to help raise money for security expenses.
And after that, the money started pouring in for Ford.
A GoFundMe account — titled “Help Christine Blasey Ford” — has so far earned $350,000 as of 3 p.m. Thursday, well above the $150,000 initial goal. The money “is going directly to the Ford Family,” the page says.
“This is all really expensive and she needs our help,” the page reads. “We need to protect the voices of brave people who speak out - especially when they are part of our community.”
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According to The Wall Street Journal, the page sat at $179,000 raised at one point during the hearing — then half-an-hour later was at $305,000. It continues to climb.
There is another GoFundMe page for Kavanaugh, and it has so far raised just under $50,000 of its $100,000 goal.
Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump on July 9 after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh is expected to push the high court further to the right with his life-time appointment.
Earlier this month, Ford came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, according to The Washington Post. She says while they were both in high school in 1982, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to rip off her clothes as he pinned her down on a bed.
Since Ford’s accusations, at least two other women have come forward with similar accusations. Julie Swetnick said in a document released by lawyer Michael Avenatti that she was at multiple parties with Kavanaugh where “disoriented” girls were drugged and then raped by a “train” of men, while Deborah Ramirez said in an interview with The New Yorker that the judge exposed his genitals at a party. The accusations are from incidents that were said to have happened in the 1980s.
The judge has denied the claims, saying in a Fox News interview that he has always respected women and was a virgin at the time of the accusations.