GoFundMe campaign blasts through $100K goal to cover Kavanaugh accuser's security costs
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A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $130,000 to cover security expenses for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The fundraising campaign was started by Heidi Feldman, a law professor at Georgetown University. The campaign originally had a $100,000 goal, which was quickly updated to $175,000 after raising the initial sum within 24 hours.

“Due to death threats, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (who uses 'Dr. Blasey' professionally) and her family have had to leave their residence and arrange for private security,” Feldman writes. “Let’s create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks.”

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As of Wednesday evening, the campaign had raised $137,497 from more than 4,300 donors. Feldman said that if the total raised is more than Ford needs, the remainder will be donated to “women’s organizations and/or into an account to cover similar costs incurred in comparable situations.”

Ford, who claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school in the 1980s, said through her lawyers that she has faced death threats and been forced to move out of her home due to safety concerns.

"She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home,” Ford’s lawyer wrote. “Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”

Ford originally made the accusations anonymously, but identified herself Sunday in The Washington Post.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify next Monday, but Ford has not yet confirmed whether she will attend.

She said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending On The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Canada, Mexico lift tariffs on US goods after Trump scraps steel, aluminum levies MORE (R-Iowa) that she would not testify until the FBI investigates the allegation. 

Senate Republicans and the Trump administration have pushed back on plans for such an investigation. Democrats, meanwhile, argue that the FBI could reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation and interview Ford, Kavanaugh and other potential witnesses.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations.

- Updated Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5:57 p.m.