GoFundDems: The Left's New Money-Laundering Machine
by Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter, November 2018
"I'm aware there's been several GoFundMe sites ... That have raised money,
primarily for our security detail. So, I'm not even quite sure how to
collect that money or -- and how to distribute it yet. I haven't been able
to focus on that." -- Christine Blasey Ford, Senate Judiciary Committee
testimoney, The Washington Post, 9/27/18
Making money has long been a legal problem for the left. So many
payoffs to distribute, so little time. Not to mention all the inconvenient
banking reporting regulations and record-keeping rules. It's been a real
pain in the neck to move the vast sums needed to keep the left's troops
Enter mankind's most efficient cash-transport in history: the internet.
And welcome to the new trend of lefty activists and groups raising enormous
amounts of money via crowdfunding websites. Ain't technology grand.
We've just watched a series of Resistance members and useful tools of the
left "get paid" on GoFundMe. In addition to Christine Blasey Ford, fired
FBI agents, involved in the Russia hoax were showered with hundreds of
thousands of dollars within days. A current Crowdpac campaign to defeat
Susan Collins in 2020 by funding her "Future Opponent" is approaching
The plethora of anti-GOP crowdfunding campaign on sites such as GoFundMe,
Crowdpac, and Kickstarter give the impression that they are organic,
springing from individual liberty voters all over the U.S. who are so fed
up with Republicans, they want to deluge their teams with dollars. Rescue
funds from caring progressives.
Yes, there is some of that. But many operators have deep roots in Democrat
dark money and politics. Of the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for
Blasey Ford, for instance, much of it goes to left-wing activist Debra Katz,
who once defended Bill Clinton and Al Franken. Another far-left group that
has sponsored dozens of crowdfunding campaigns is the Center for Popular
Democracy [CPD], whose sister CPD Fund rakes in millions from George Soros
Once you start looking into the left's money flow, you find the same names,
over and over and over. Let me give you a small peek into this incestuous
world. Probably the most prolific left-wing fundraiser on crowdfunding sites
is CPD's Ady Barkan, a longtime radical activist. Barkan is everywhere.
He's featured in one CPD Crowdpac campaign called "We need YOU to Be a Hero".
The mission: "Send Ady Barkan to Illinois" to organize for Democrats.
Coincidentally, one of the $1,000 donors happened to be Dan Kovats,
executive director of the Illinois Democrat[ic] County Chairs' Association.
Cozy little recirculation system they've got there.
In its "Help Us Fund Our Los Angeles Rally!" GoFundMe campaign, CPD raised
over $25,000 to hold a June 30 rally featuring Barkan and Ana Maria Archila,
the woman who accosted Jeff Flake in the infamous elevator incident.
(Months ago, Barkan also accosted Flake, at the airport, about health
care.) Viola, on August 2, USA Today ran a puff piece about Ady
Barkan, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, spending $100,000 -- ostensibly
of his own money -- to support lefty Danny O'Connor in a special election
in Ohio. The headline: "Father Dying of ALS Buys $100K Ad to Help Democrat
in Ohio Midterm." Talk about a circle, er, dance.
What exactly is going on here? Money-laundering? Covering up where money's
being directed? Providing slush funds to support shady campaign activities?
Hiding the fact that only a few operatives move the levers, and that
supposedly organic grasroots activity is really smoke and mirrors? We
can be sure of one thing: it's all about funding the Democrat Resistance:
- "Honor Dr. Blasey as an Educator." -- GoFundMe campaign, created 9/27/18,
which has raised over $31,000 for an academic endowment named after Blasey
Ford at an unnamed college.
- "We Believe Women." -- GoFundMe campaign, created 9/19/18, which raised
over $57,000 for an ad comparing Anita Hill to Christine Blasey Ford in
The New York Times and given celebratory PR treatment by USA
- "Handmaids Resistance Vigil." -- GoFundMe campaign, created 9/26/18, which
raised several hundred dollars for "handmaids" to hold a "continuous vigil"
outside Jeff Flake's Phoenix office.
- "Help Christine Blasey Ford." -- GoFundMe campaign, created 9/18/18, which
has raised over $625,000.
- "Cover Dr. Blasey's Security Costs." -- GoFundMe campaign, created 9/18/18,
which has raised $210,000.
- "We Believe ALL THE WOMEN." -- GoFundMe campaign by several far-left groups,
created 9/16/18, which has raised $49,000.
- "GoFundMe Raises Thousands to Place Billboard of Trump's Anti-Cruz Tweet in
Texas." -- The Hill, 9/2/18. The GoFundMe page, organized in part
by David Hogg, raised over $9,700 in less than 24 hours.
- "Kino Jimenez is currently the victim of a witch hunt ... right-wingers
have opted for an unethical approach to the viral video." -- screenshot of
GoFundMe page to raise $85,000 on behalf of the thug who stole teenager
Hunter Richard's MAGA hat and tossed a drink in his face at a San Antonio
Whataburger restaurant, Big League Politics, 7/5/18. Big League Politics
reports "the page was quickly removed, presumably when the founder of the
campaign realized that raising $85,000 for a 30-year-old deadbeat who
assaulted and cursed out the 16-year-old boys would be bad optic for
Democrats." Jimenez was indicted for theft of person.
- "This GoFundMe campaign is now linked to the Democrat[ic] Socialists of
America [DSA] national bank account." -- GoFundMe campaign, "Medical Fund
for Comrades in Cville", created on 8/12/17, raised $198,061 for leftists
supposedly injured in Charlottesville. It stopped accepting donations,
with no information on where the money went.
- "A photo of a Virginia woman [Juli Briskman] saluting President Donald
Trump's motorcade with a middle finger got her fired from her job after
it went viral ... [A] Hudson, MA man on Nov. 6 took it upon himself to
create a GoFundMe.com crowdsourcing account online to assist Briskman
financially." -- Daily Signal, 11/21/17. "Thank You Juli Briskman",
created 11/6/17, has raised over $141,000. Briskman now has a second
campaign on Crowdpac to fund her candidacy for local office.
- "Michael Cohen Gets More Than $134K in Donations Within a Day on GoFundMe."
-- USA Today, 8/23/18. "The Michael Cohen Truth Fund" has at least
one $50,000 anonymous donor.
- "[I] do not have vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone."
-- Stephanie "Stormy Daniels" Clifford, on her CrowdJustice.com fundraising
page. So far she has raised over $586,000, most of which will doubtless
go to creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti.
- "GoFundMe Page for Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok Raises $325,000 in One Day."
-- CNBC, 8/17/18.
- "We are asking you to support a man [fired FBI agent Peter Strzok] who has
dedicated his life to defending America; to stand up for the freedoms on
which this country was built and a government that truly serves the people
by protecting all Americans, including dedicated government employees,
from constantly being subjected to the whims and influence of politicians."
-- GoFundMe page started by "Friends of Peter Strzok" on 8/13/18, which
has raised over $463,000, including several $5,000-$10,000 donations from
- "I never imagined that I would need to rely on this type of assistance."
-- Andrew McCabe, fired FBI honcho, The Hill, 4/4/18.
- "Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe's GoFundMe page for a 'legal defense
fund' appeared after he was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Originally asking for only $150,000, the campaign continued to adjust
its goal upward and, in a matter of a few days, surpassed half a million
dollars. That is equivalent to more than a decade of McCabe's expected
pension ... He will likely receive a pension of roughly $2 million."
-- Jonathan Turley, The Hill, 4/2/18.
- "[M]cCabe seemed eager to portray himself as ... victim. It is not easy to
transform oneself from a once-powerful public official terminated for
cause to the equivalent of a late-night, mud-splattered stray seeking
shelter ... The key to this narrative was the insistence that McCabe was
fired hours from his retirement to deny him the pension that he took
decades to accumulate ... [which] bordered on the fraudulent. McCabe was
never at risk of 'losing his pension'. Federal Employees Restirement
System benefits are vested after five years and, thus, were not 'lost'."
-- Jonathan Turley, The Hill, 4/2/18.
- "It was curious to many that McCabe would so quickly embrace a GoFundMe
site before he was 'referred' for criminal investigation, let alone
charged with any crime." -- Jonathan Turley, The Hill, 4/2/18.
- "The original impetus for a charity drive for McCabe seems to have come
from Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis ... [and] received a huge
boost ... when MSNBC's beloved-by-Democrats host Rachel Maddow tweeted a
link to the new GoFundMe campaign for McCabe to her 9.4 million followers.
At the time of Maddow's tweet -- which has now been re-tweeted by 4,000
people and 'liked' by another 11,000 -- McCabe's fund had $100,000.
Less than 24 hours after Maddow's viral tweet, the amount quintupled to a
half-million dollars ... a charity campaign fueled by a multimillionaire
cable news host, for the benefit of a rich federal police official, is not
just bizarre but obscene." -- Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 3/31/18.
- "By all metrics, McCabe and his family are financially secure; a more
accurate term for them would be 'quite wealthy'. As Splinter's Paul Blest
documented -- in an article accurately entitled 'Andrew McCabe Does Not
Need Your Money' -- his 'average salary between 2015 and 2017, when he was
in the senior leadership of the FBI, was over $157,000.' That income
figure for McCabe does not count the income earned by McCabe's wife, who
is a highly accomplished medical doctor with multiple sources of income."
-- The Intercept, 3/31/18.
- "An analysis by FactCheck.org of financial disclosures forms he filed
found that, beyond that salary, 'McCabe has several mutual fund accounts,
including 529 college savings accounts and a 401K retirement fund, with
the total value of those investment accounts ranging from $287,000 to
$880,000.'." -- The Intercept, 3/31/18.
- "Andrew McCabe Pension Fund." -- GoFundMe account for McCabe, created
3/16/18, trying to raise an additional $200,000.
- "GoFundMe Cancels [Jihad Watch Director] Robert Spencer's Withdrawal of
Funds, Refunds Donations, Without Explanation." -- Jihad Watch, 8/21/18.
GoFundMe later admitted it relies on the Southern Poverty Law Center,
which smears Spencer as a "hate group leader".
- "GoFundMe Removes Account of Woman Fundraising Anti-Sharia Tour,
Conservative Web Show." -- Breitbart, 9/22/17.
- "GoFundMe's Updated Terms Totally Forgot About Their Whole Ban on Abortion
Campaigns." -- GoFraudMe, 6/26/16, on the site's revising its 2015 "What's
not allowed" rules, which included: "Directly funding an abortion".
Currently over 400 campaigns turn up under the search term "abortion fund".
- "New GoFundMe Policy Targets Christian Campaigns." -- CBN News, 5/5/15.
- "Not content with shutting down a fund for some Christian bakers who fell
afoul of the gay mafia, the leftist trolls behind the crowd-sourcing site
GoFundMe have just pulled the plug on a defense fund for the six Baltimore
police officers hastily and very likely irresponsibly charged in the
Freddie Gray affair." -- PJ Media, 5/2/15.
- "After GoFundMe Shuts Down Christian Bakery Crowdfunding, It Bans
'Discriminatory' Campaigns." -- The Washington Post, 5/1/15.
- "New GoFundMe Rule Makes It Easy to Kill Christian Campaigns." -- The
Washington Times, 4/30/15. After The Washington Times
questioned GoFundMe's stopping fundraising for Arlene's Flowers and Sweet
Cakes by Melissa -- after both businesses faced crippling civil damages
awards from refusing to service gay weddings -- GoFundMe piled on, adding
a ban on fundraising to defend against "claims of discriminatory acts".
- "Florist's Funding 'Not Found': GoFundMe Shuts Down Second Fundraiser for
Christian Businesses." -- Christian News Network, 4/29/15.
- "Gay-Rights Advocates Torpedo GoFundMe Campaign for Christian-Owned Bakery."
-- The Washington Times, 4/25/15.
Haven for Crooks
- "SAR [Suspicious Activity Report] analysis indicates that crowdfunding sites
have been used as a layering and co-mingling mechanism in money laundering
and fraud schemes, often before participants withdraw funds or move them
further through the financial system. SAR narratives have identified
various forms of illicit use of rewards-based crowdfunding platforms,
including money laundering, fraud schemes, possible terrorist financing,
and other criminal activities." -- SAR Stats from the Department of the
Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [FinCEN].
- FinCEN noted that in 2015 alone, cybercriminals used crowdfunding sites to
launder over $27 million -- and the most common reason it was brought to
the attention of FinCEN was suspicions concerning the source of
- "Initiators received funding from backers through crowdfunding sites,
followed by structured cash withdrawals from the accounts ... individuals
and businesses are utilizing social media to disperse their propaganda and
raise funds, misusing ... crowdfunding networks." -- "Crowdfunding: The
New Face of Financial Crimes?" by Advancing Financial Crime Professionals
Worldwide [ACAMS] 2017 Report.
Shady Soros Business
- "Support the heroes [Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher] who convinced
Flake ... an FBI investigation needed to take place ... We don't have
... big money donors." -- Crowdpac campaign, started by CPD's Ady Barkan,
raising over $35,000 for his own colleagues: Archila is CPD executive
director and Gallagher is a CPD activist. Talk about a setup. Barkan is
lying about not having big money donors; CPD is funded by George Soros,
the Ford Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and many other large
foundations, according to Influence Watch.
- "How many stories of sexual violence do you need to hear in order to
believe women?" -- supposedly random encounter by a female protester and
Sen. Mitch McConnell at Reagan airport, Fox News, 10/3/18. The protester
was Tracey Corder, CPD's racial justice campaign director, who also
accosted Sen. Bob Corker (R, TN) at the airport, while CPD co-executive
director Jennifer Epps-Addison confronted Sen. David Perdue (R, GA) at
- "[CPD] ... receives the bulk of its funding from liberal billionaire George
Soros and leads a massive $80 million anti-Trump network ... Prior to
joining [CPD], Archila was the co-executive director of Make the Road New
York, a Latino group ... behind the 'spontaneous' protests at New York's
JFK airport following Trump's Muslim travel ban ... Make the Road was also
behind the 'Grab Your Wallet' campaign, which targeted retailers carrying
Trump family producrs." -- The Washington Free Beacon, 10/1/18.
- "[CPD] is comprised of old chapters of the controversial and now-defunct
Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now [ACORN] ... [and] runs
a massive $80 million anti-Trump network that spans across more than 30
states." -- The Washington Free Beacon, 10/1/18. Brian Kettering,
co-director of CPD with Ms. Archila, was formerly Deputy Director of
National Operations for ACORN.
- "Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democrat[ic] donors
hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings ... A coalition of activist
organizations including [CPD] ... have scheduled the near-constant
disruptions at the Kavanaugh hearings as part of an organized effort
to derail the confirmation process..." -- The Daily Caller, 9/18/18.
- "Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent."
-- Crowdpac campaign, started by Ady Barkan, which raised almost $4
- "Fund Chuck Grassley's Future Opponent." -- Crowdpac campaign, started by
Ady Barkan, which has raised $203,000.
Don't get me wrong. Cloud crowdfunding is a great innovation, an efficient
outlet for generosity and all kinds of causes. But like all else that is
good, it also attracts the corrupt. The left is exploiting a new way to
instantly move payoff money or to supply the shock troops. Don't forget,
my friends, the best disinfectant is sunlight. You know what to do.