The Massachusetts native received national attention last month when he was identified in a viral Daily Progress photograph by Andrew Shurtleff. The haunting image of stern-faced rally-goers carrying tiki torches in Charlottesville became the target of Twitter account "@YesYoureRacist," run by Logan Smith, communication director of left-wing political action organization in North Carolina. Soon after he was identified, internet vigilantes widely shared the phone numbers of Colligan and his family. A family member's address in Southborough was posted online. Death threats were received. Seeking to put distance between him and the white nationalist rally, and to protect his family from receiving more death threats, Colligan says he has moved more than 6,000 miles away from his home in the Allston/Brighton area.
Mr. Colligan originally said that he was living in Japan, he then claimed that he was living in Mexico. It's unclear how he is making money since his income from Patreon dried up.
Whether sincere or an attempt to disparage criticism, that American-born passion is driving Colligan's pleas for monetary donations. On a "Patreon" fundraising webpage, he asks for money so he can explore "the Marxist psychosis gripping almost every living being in the United States." Once receiving triple-digit funding each month, donations dropped to under $10 after he received national and local attention in August.