After Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh declined to accept the more than $600,000 raised in his honor during his confirmation process, the individual who started the GoFundMe campaign announced the money will be donated to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
> John Hawkins, the man who started the fundraising campaign, updated the page and posted a statement he said was from Justice Kavanaugh’s legal team. The campaign was closed to new donations on Oct. 6, and had raised $611,645 by then.
> “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,” Mr. Hawkins posted. “Although he appreciates the sentiment, Justice Kavanaugh requests that you discontinue the use of his name for any fund-raising purpose.”
Also in an effort to stay within judicial ethics guidelines, Kavanaugh would have no part in determining which charity would receive the funds, according to the statement.
Hawkins decided to pass the money to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, because the justice “rather famously coached girls’ basketball there”, and it was a charity the Kavanaugh family had supported in the past.
> The money will be divided between the Catholic Youth Organization, the Tuition Assistance Fund and the Victory Youth Center.
> Those that do not wish for their donations to go to Mr. Hawkins‘ new charity have a week to request a refund from GoFundMe. The total funds have dropped now to [$545,076].