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John Hawkins didn’t ask Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if he wanted or needed financial help before he set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for any legal fees the judge might incur during the horror show known as his confirmation hearings.
Hawkins didn’t ask, but the people responded to the tune of $600,000. The problem is that the judge cannot accept the money. According to Hawkins, this is the official statement sent to him.
On Tuesday, Hawkins posted what he referred to as an “official statement” from Kavanaugh’s representatives distancing the justice from the effort:
“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.”
Ethically, Kavanaugh simply cannot accept the money no matter how well-meaning the campaign was even if Supreme Court Justices are not bound by the same rules other federal judges must follow when it comes to ethical conduct. Plus, it would really look bad to take such a sum when most legal avenues related to the incident are now dead ends.
So, Hawkins has decided to make lemonade with the big fat lemon he produced, and, after researching the judge and his family’s charitable preferences, will be donating the cash to a couple of their preferred recipients (even if not directed to do so).
In an update posted along with the statement, Hawkins said he “did some research on charities supported by the Judge and settled on the Archdiocese of Washington which runs the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).” GoFundMe will allow donors a week to ask for refunds if they are not happy with the fundraiser’s new destination.
“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,” Hawkins wrote.
Now, if semi-resigned Cardinal Donald Wuerl would just leave…