Trump Opponents Have Raised Nearly $2 Million In Legal Fees Through Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites have allowed millions of people to raise money for their causes, including a growing number of individuals ejected from President Donald Trump's orbit who have raised nearly $2 million from online donors.

In recent months, four people who found themselves on the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of the Trump White House have garnered tremendous public support with tens of thousands of mostly anonymous, small donors offering money to pay for lawyers fees, personal damages and lost income.

Former Trump allies, like Roger Stone or former campaign aide Michael Caputo, have also turned to crowdfunding sites to help them lawyer-up and navigate relations with Robert Mueller's special counsel and related investigations. However, these campaigns have been far less successful than those involving Trump's public adversaries.

Crowdfunding is a useful tool to fund political or personal causes on either side of the aisle. It just happens that the high-profile opponents of President Donald Trump have been the most effective in leveraging the public spotlight to raise large amounts of money for their personal, legal causes.

"This is all about getting Trump," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell. "These are not real charity cases. It just tells you how raw the emotions are on the side of the resistance."

"No one wants to be looking down the barrel of a special counsel investigation or federal prosecutors trying to throw you in jail," O'Connell said. "Maybe it becomes profitable later on, but right now you don't want to be forking over money to save your own hide."

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at WJLA

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