In 2018, political figures are crowdfunding money for legal fees and everyone’s OK with that. WTF?
A GoFundMe, launched by “Friends of Andrew McCabe,” hit the site Thursday to cover the bills for the former FBI deputy director’s legal defense fund.
McCabe’s GoFundMe is not only trending, but it also raised a huge amount of money in just a few hours: the funds reached $252,892 in as little as six hours. People have been donating so quickly that the campaign increased the goal to $250,000 after it capped its original $150,000 goal in less than four hours.
A large amount of the donations are relatively small, averaging from $10-100.
If McCabe keeps raising money this fast, he should probably run for something. Trying to raise $150k — hit over $100k within three hours.https://t.co/jhzyT7WWRo
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 29, 2018
The fundraiser’s description says,
Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished. He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions two weeks ago, just 26 hours before retiring. McCabe’s pension benefits are in contempt, due to him being one day shy from its cut off requirement. Despite this, funds gathered from the GoFundMe will not go to benefit his retirement.
“No funds raised for the Andrew McCabe Legal Defense Fund will be used for anything beyond his defense of the allegations against him,” according to the crowdfunding page. Any leftover funds will be given to charity.
The GoFundMe also says that McCabe will “continue to fight for the pension and benefits he deserves, rather than accept any crowdfunding for that purpose.”
The funds will likely be used for representation in congressional inquiries. McCabe and his legal team haven’t released plans to sue for wrongful termination, but the GoFundMe writes “any potential lawsuits he might consider.”
McCabe is represented by former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich. Bromwich tweeted that “Andy” is thankful for the support. “He got a raw deal and people know it.”
In 38 years as a lawyer and 24 years in private practice, I have rarely seen the kind of support Andy McCabe is getting. He got a raw deal and people know it. He deeply appreciates the support. https://t.co/8P65VE0ETW
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) March 29, 2018
Sessions let McCabe go after the Justice Department inspector general found he had shared sensitive information to the media and misled investigators, according to the Washington Post. The termination was also recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.