Crowdfunding Defense Costs: What’s OK?

Should crowdfunding be allowed for someone’s legal defense?

And if, so are some crimes worse than others?  Some platforms are drawing the line, and making fine distinctions.

For example, GoFundMe just terminated R Kelly’s legal defense crowdfunding campaign as a violation of its terms of service, saying that “I can confirm that our terms of service prohibit raising money on GoFundMe for the legal defense of a violent crime.”


On the other hand, Roger Stone’s campaign is still active, having raised $93,066 of his $100,000 target to date.

So, allegedly conspiring with the Russians to throw a Presidential election is OK, but alleged sexual assault is not.

Are we on a slippery slope here?

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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