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BY: Haris Alic
Since the 2016 presidential election, crowdfunding sites have become a top fundraising destination for progressive activists forming the so-called resistance to President Donald Trump.
Online - Platforms - CrowdJustice - GoFundMe - CrowdPAC
Online platforms such as CrowdJustice, GoFundMe, and CrowdPAC, among others, have drawn in millions for political activism and progressive causes. Funds have been raised for purposes as varied as supporting the federal bureaucrat who lost her job for flipping off Trump's motorcade to covering the security costs for Christine Blasey Ford, and even underwriting Stormy Daniels's legal bills.
These campaigns have garnered extensive media attention, especially as progressives have been eager to portray a growing citizenry rising in opposition to the president.
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Such campaigns, however, have often proven to be anything but organic. In most cases, they are either established by or linked to individuals with longstanding ties to the progressive movement.
For instance, the GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $210,000 for Blasey Ford's security costs during the Kavanaugh confirmation battle was established by Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown Law professor and self-described "philosopher." Feldman, who "is politically active in the effort to resist Donald Trump and those who enable him," is a left-leaning academic specializing in tort and civil rights law. She is a noted speaker on the progressive lecture circuit, traveling the country discussing gun control and female enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, according to the Women's Media Center.
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In 2017, Feldman launched an organization aimed at encouraging "progressive law students and young attorneys" to run for state and local office. Apart from the campaign to cover security costs, Feldman has also raised nearly $32,000 to endow a faculty position in Blasey Ford's honor to an academic institution yet to be named.
Likewise, a Crowdpac campaign started by Ady Barkan pulled in more than $40,000 for two activists who stormed an elevator to confront Republican senator Jeff Flake...
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