Stormy Daniels is using an online crowdfunding campaign to wage her Michael Avenatti-led attacks on President Donald Trump, raising $311,341 from 9,716 private donations, which has averaged about $75,000 per week since the campaign's inception.
The media exposure of Daniels' story has buoyed the fundraising efforts to fight the U.S. president, "Avenatti’s aggressive media tactics seem to pay off," The Washington Post wrote.
"The more your case is in the news, the more likely you are to raise money around it," Lisa Bloom, a women's rights attorney representing women against President Trump, told the Post.
Bloom, who reportedly has used crowdfunding to support legal battles against President Trump, praised Avenatti's efforts with Daniels, according to the Post, saying he "is doing a magnificent job getting the court of public opinion on Stormy's side."
Daniels' $311,341 of funds have been collected on CrowdJustice.com, where she posted a statement on her campaign:
"There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the funds being raised on this site.
First, I want to be clear as to what this money is NOT being raised for. This money is not going to me personally. Ever. It is only being used to cover the legal expenses and potential damages I describe on the home page. If the money is not needed, it will be used pursuant to the crowdjustice guidelines on unused funds as with all other cases on their site. In other words, I am not going to pocket any money. The money is being controlled at all times by my attorneys in a trust account.
"Second, if you donate, your donation merely appears as a donation to 'Crowd Justice' on your bank or credit card statement. There is no reference to Stormy Daniels or Stephanie Clifford.
"Thank you for continuing to support me."
Bloom added to the post "wealth tips the scales of justice."
"It's no secret that wealth tips the scales of justice in favor of the wealthy," she told the paper.
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