Comedian Suggests Crowdfunding To Pay President To Resign

Is it crowdfunding or a federal crime or really just satire to offer a sitting President money to leave office?

That’s the question posited by Deadline when it reviewed Bill Maher’s commencement of his effort on his show last Friday on HBO to crowdfund from his rich Hollywood friends to raise money to offer the current sitting President to resign.


While the comedian made his case, there was an unending list of movie and television stars that scrolled by his head who he believed would donate to his “prickstarter” campaign.

Apparently, the former hotelier was watching the show as he tweeted following the appearance of Susan Rice, President Obama’s  National Security Advisor.

However, he did not publicly comment on the non-listed crowdfunding campaign. A defamation lawsuit against Maher was withdrawn by Michael Cohen in 2013, likely because he knew that parody is protected by the First Amendment.

Anyone familiar with the satirist knows his modus operandi.


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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