The arrest of wayward Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses as required by law has major implications for her financial outlook – and not just because this means she’ll have to resign if she doesn’t back down.
As we’ve seen a dizzying amount of times, conservatives have used the popular fundraising site GoFundMe to enrich and support people who they believe are on their side of the “culture war” – including officers who have killed unarmed black teenagers, Tea Partiers who got sick after refusing to sign up for Obamacare, and an endless number of bakeries run by Christians who want to discriminate against gay people. Watching these bakers and cops make fortunes (literally) just by “standing up” for conservative values has had the effect that anyone with a conservative point of view and a desire to be flooded with money can milk the conservative GoFundMe cash cow.
On GoFundMe’s end, this has been a PR nightmare. It’s not clear exactly what the site’s creators expected when they set up the page, but it’s hard to imagine they thought they would be faced with dozens of new campaigns set up for killers, racists, and homophobes on a weekly basis. After watching several high-profile conservative faux-victims become millionaires by exploiting their site, the creators finally announced that enough was enough. In April, they announced that they would block certain types of disgusting campaigns from thriving on GoFundMe. More specifically – and this is where Davis gets screwed out of the millions surely waiting for her – the site has a specific policy about criminals:
Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.
The jailed Davis, held on contempt of court charges, surely fits the bill. (And Davis technically pulls off a rare double disqualification because it’s also a “discriminatory act.”)
Would conservatives have really given Davis millions just for not doing her job? It seems pretty clear that the answer is yes when one looks at how they’ve positioned her as a Christian martyr. Republican presidential Mike Huckabee went so far as to suggest Davis was a victim of the “criminalization of Christianity” in the country. You can bet his supporters had wads of cash on hand to throw at their new patron saint.
Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country. We must defend #ReligiousLiberty!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 3, 2015
This means that her conservative allies can’t raise money for her bond or pay for her expenses for not doing her job while she’s in prison. In short, unlike other conservatives who actually came out more wealthy by breaking the law because of GoFundMe campaigns, Davis will actually suffer for her actions. She will have to sit in a jail cell and reflect on the fact that she disgraced her job by refusing to do it.
And so far GoFundMe seems to be holding themselves to the standard they set. A search through the thousands of campaigns recently created yields no evidence of a pro-Kim Davis fundraiser set up. This is bad news for enterprising conservatives hoping to make a quick buck, but it’s great news for those of us who find people being enriched by sheer bigotry to be setting the wrong sort of example for our society.
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