America’s most recently talked about adult film star is making headlines once again. This time it doesn’t involve her making any new accusations on the President, but about her earnings. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has raised nearly a half-million dollars to fund her lawsuit against President Trump. The website, CrowdJustice.com, is a crowd funding site to help people raise money for legal fees.
She and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, have raised more than $490,000 on the website. According to Chicago Sun Times, the amount comes from 14,000 individual anonymous donators, who donated amounts ranging from $10 to $5,000. A professor at Loyola Law School, Jessica Levinson, said it’s not unusual for a lawyer to seek donations to cover any legal costs. Levinson, who also happens to be the president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, admits the large amount raises concerns. “It does bring up some ethical concerns in terms of who is actually giving this money and whether they will try to exert influence,” said Levinson.
Professor of ethics law at Washington University, Kathleen Clark, added to Levinson’s concern by stating that the number of donations help lessen the concern a bit. “Of course, when the third party is actually 14,000 different people it seems actually less of a danger than it would be in an ordinary case where a single third party would be paying,” she said.
Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer, said he does not have any ethical concerns himself. Avenatti said, “I find this fascination with who is paying my client’s legal bills to have passed the line of absurdity at this point. We have been very, very clear when answering these questions. Who is paying Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Cohen’s legal bills? Do we know?”
CrowdJustice said the average donation for Daniels has been $34, which appears to be the average amount across their platform, with only 24 donations being over $1,000. Therefore, according to the website data they released, nothing unethical seem to be occurring, but do you agree? Should we know who is donating anonymously? 80% of us believe we should because it could be political rivals, while 20% don’t find this unethical. Read more about this story on the Chicago Sun Times here.
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Stormy Daniels has raised nearly a half million dollars using crowd funding for her legal fees to go after the President. Should we be concerned with who is donating anonymously?
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