Brett Kavanaugh Turns Down $600K Raised By GoFundMe Page

By Hank Berrien, 10-31-18, at The Daily Wire:

On Tuesday, it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh declined over $600,000 that had been raised for him and his family after the brutal treatment of Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

Kavanaugh cited judicial ethics concerns as he turned the generous offer down, stating that he appreciated the sentiment but ethics rules precluded him accepting the funds. Travis Lenkner, a former clerk of Kavanaugh’s, sent the statement from Kavanaugh ten days ago, but John Hawkins, the well-known conservative who organized the GoFundMe campaign, said he didn’t publish the letter immediately because he needed time to arrange an alternative destination for the funds.

Kavanaugh’s statement read:

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.

The GoFundMe campaign for Kavanaugh raised $611,645 in small donations from approximately 13,250 donors, many of them anonymous. Hawkins closed the page to new donations when Kavanaugh was confirmed on October. 6.

After Kavanaugh declined the funds, Hawkins wrote:

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. 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. 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.

Hawkins wrote:

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 noted, “If for some reason, you don’t want your money to go to that charity, you will have a week from today to ask for a refund from GoFundMe.” He concluded, “Last but not least, folks, this GoFundMe has been a TREMENDOUS success. We were able to show support for Judge Kavanaugh in his hour of need and raise an enormous amount of money for a charity that has obviously meant a lot to him. Everyone who contributed should be extremely proud to be a part of this.”

Yahoo noted, “Supreme Court justices are actually not bound by the codified ethics rules that apply to other federal judges, the Code of Conduct for United States Judges. However, it appears that Kavanaugh’s statement is drawn largely from those rules, which provide that other than in a few narrowly drawn scenarios, ‘a judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities, solicit funds for any organization, or use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for that purpose.’”


For once, left-leaning Yahoo got it right – there is no code of ethics for the Supreme Court. According to Constitution Daily, the ethics codes only apply to the lower courts.

It would have sounded better if Kavanaugh had simply said ‘as a judge, I cannot in good conscience accept this money, but I thank you all for your support,’ instead of laying it off on ethics codes. However, what he did say is the next best thing because he brought into play the word ‘ethics’ which was MIA during the hearings and certainly missing in most of the media reporting.

Ethics is the last thing to enter the mind of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine hair-in-face Ford, who raised nearly $1 million and counting, plus a book deal that’s in the works. That’s not bad for someone who ‘had nothing to gain by coming forward’ (after 35 years of silence) according to Dem Dick Durbin and and Dem Kamala Harris during his hearing inquisition.


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7 replies

  1. “Christine hair in the face Ford…” LOL!!!!! That was good, Kathy.
    Ethics never crossed her mind. Don’t believe she has any.
    Justice Kavanaugh on the other hand, is squeaky clean and all the charges against him which never had any evidence fell flat. This woman should be ashamed but leftists don’t have any.

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  2. >>” Christine hair-in-face Ford”

    LOL, Kathy! Glad I’m not the only one who was annoyed by Ford’s silly hair.

    I agree with you 100%, as I too was a little put off by the way Kavanaugh worded his refusal of the money, saying “He was not able to do so for judicial ethics reasons.” It would have been far better to say that he didn’t want to profit from being falsely vilified. I do love, however, that we have yet another study in contrasts between Left and Right, with Ford raising and taking more money for attempting to hurt a man with unsupported allegations while the injured conservative refuses to take the money. You couldn’t paint a clearer picture of who’s who.

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    • It is a huge contrast and it began with their motivation for starting the funding pages. Hawkins, who started Kavanaugh’s page stated up front that they didn’t want to do anything that could be used against him or hurt his reputation.

      On the other hand, one of the pages for Ford was started by a professor at Georgetown University who doesn’t even know Ford. “Let’s create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks.”

      So, if you come forward you get money, but you don’t necessarily have to be a real victim, because the libs are going to believe you anyway.

      (that hair and the glasses-ugh)

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      • Yeah, Hillary did the thick glasses thing during the Benghazi hearings. I know she gave some lame reason but I think their lawyers told them to do it. They must think it makes them look smart or vulnerable or something. I guess we’re all supposed to be stupid enough not to notice that the hearings are the ONLY time they wear them.


      • Hey…….I think it was the same pair of glasses! They must keep them in a box somewhere with a note that says: “Wear these if you’re going to be lying to congress in a public hearing.”

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      • Supposedly, Hillary’s glasses were the kind that people wear after a traumatic brain injury. Maybe we should investigate Ford’s health and see if she’s prone to concussions too.

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