Comedian Julie Klausner has raised thousands of dollars for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio after reportedly losing her seat on a cross-country flight to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), an abortion opponent.
Klausner, a California-based comedian best known for her role on the Hulu series “Difficult People,” posted on social media earlier this month that she lost her spot on an Alaska Airlines flight from New York to San Francisco after Kasich’s original seat was occupied by a pilot flying last minute, according to Cleveland.com.
Kasich was then moved to her what had been Klausner's seat, prompting her to take a separate flight, according to her account.
Klausner said that when she began getting insulted and criticized on social media for her depiction of the incident, she decided to donate $1 to Planned Parenthood of Ohio for every comment — both positive and negative — posted on her social media accounts.
On Tuesday she posted PayPal receipts on Twitter showing her donation of $2,774 to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio.
Thanks to all of your mentions-- from trolls and supporters alike-- I've raised and donated just under 3K this morning for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. I'll continue to donate one dollar for each hateful tweet I get going forward. Thank you, and John Kasich sucks. pic.twitter.com/NxGqD1atrC— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) January 30, 2019
She also set up a GoFundMe page called “Trolls for Planned Parenthood.”
Kasich is opposed to abortion and signed legislation as governor that restricted women’s access to abortion.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Sarah Inskeep told Cleveland.com that Klausner and the attention she brought to the story generated almost $5,000 for the organization.
“The active Go Fund Me page has been live only a few hours and is trending positively, raising thousands of dollars for our health centers,” Inskeep said in an email.
Through a spokesman speaking to Cleveland.com, Kasich said there was “confusion” regarding the assigned first class seating on the flight he shared with Klausner and apologized for someone losing their seat.