When Brett Kavanaugh was going through the vicious confirmation process, a GoFundMe page was set up to take donations to help Kavanaugh’s family pay for security and other expense.
But, now that he is confirmed as our newest Supreme Court Justice, the Kavanaugh family says that they feel it is unethical to accept the GoFundMe donations.
According to Daily Wire, the family released this statement:
Justice Kavanaugh did not authorize the use of his name to raise funds in connection with the GoFundMe campaign. He was not able to do so for judicial ethics reasons. Judicial ethics rules caution judges against permitting the use of the prestige of judicial office for fund-raising purposes. Justice Kavanaugh will not accept any proceeds from the campaign, nor will he direct that any proceeds from the campaign be provided to any third party. Although he appreciates the sentiment, Justice Kavanaugh requests that you discontinue the use of his name for any fund-raising purpose.
But the GoFundMe page raised $611,645 and that left its sponsor with a dilemma.
The family’s decision to take a pass on the cash left page sponsor John Hawkins searching to figure out just what to do with the money raised to help the Kavanaugh family.
“When the money started coming in for this GoFundMe, it was at a crucial point in the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh. The mainstream media was doing everything in its power to destroy him; Democrats were going all-in to stop him and whether he’d be confirmed or not was really up in the air,” Hawkins wrote on the updated fundraising page. “When it mattered most, over 13,000 people stood up for a good man who was being attacked. We sent a message not just to the media and the Republicans in the Senate who needed to stiffen their spines, but to the Kavanaugh team when it really mattered.”
“The last thing any of us want is for our attempt to help Judge Kavanaugh’s family to be used against him,” Hawkins added. “Given the strictness of the ethics rules and the possibility that the Judge could get in trouble if he’s tied to this in any way, I made it clear that we wouldn’t want a public “Thank you” that could potentially be used against him.”
But now it appears that Hawkins has a plan for what to do with the amazing amount of cash raised. It will go to some of the legitimate charitable organizations that the Kavanaugh’s already support.
From the very beginning, this GoFundMe has noted that if the Kavanaugh family can’t or won’t be able to take the money, we’d give it to a charity of their choice. Since they are not allowed to suggest a charity, I did some research on charities supported by the Judge and settled on the Archdiocese of Washington which runs the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Brett Kavanaugh rather famously coached girls’ basketball there and if the Kavanaugh family were allowed to support a charity, I feel confident the Archdiocese of Washington would be near the top of the list. After talking to the Archdiocese of Washington about the best way to use the funds to help the sort of kids Brett Kavanaugh has been working with, we’re going to split the money between three of their programs: The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the Tuition Assistance Fund, and the Victory Youth Center.
Hawkins also noted that anyone who does not want their initial donation to go to any of those charities can rescind their earlier donation.
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