Conservative power: crowdfunding for police officer who shot Brown surpasses funds for victim’s family

Since the rise of the Tea Party faction, conservatives have shown undeniable online crowdfunding powers. Today, competing crowdfunding pages on a nationally charged political issue re-confirmed this fact.

A crowdfunding campaign for Officer Darren Wilson, who sparked a national firestorm with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has outraised money for those of Brown’s family memorial fund, Slate points out. As of this writing, Wilson’s gofundme.com page raised $234,000 vs. Brown’s $212,000. An additional crowdfunding campaign for Wilson has raised another $123,000.

Wilson’s crowdfunding page Facebook shares also topped Brown’s by roughly 30 percent, at 26K vs. 20K. And, a separate Facebook page just to show support for Wilson has already amassed 64,000 likes.In reaction to the negative media attention against Wilson and calls for justice, his supporters rush to the defense, especially those from Conservative media outlets.

On Darren’s Facebook page, users left supportive messages, “It’s a sad time in this country when officers can die to protect us, but prosecuted for protecting themselves! Your sacrifice everyday is so so appreciated!”

The fact that the conservative reaction to a (generally speaking) liberal issue shows that conservatives do have power online.

This has been especially true for independent movements. The Tea Party, a grass-roots faction of the Republican party, has been successful at outing moderate incumbents through overwhelming online small campaign donors. “An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that some of the highest-profile Tea Party-supported candidates have collected significant sums of money from individuals contributing $200 or less,” explained researcher Michael Beckel on the blog of OpenSecrets.org, which maintains a database of campaign contributions.

Social media is often something that skews liberal. Sentiment of Twitter reactions are, on average, far more supportive of liberal issues than conservative. But, in action, grassroots conservative movements have shown that they can meet or exceed their well-networked liberal counterparts.


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31 comments
Richard Max
Richard Max

America under a black president has actually seen the hatred from white conservatives reach an unbelievable level. This is showing in many ways such as this case.


America cannot reach an agreement to pass something as simple as a budget, or a healthcare law, or an immigration law. Just because the white conservatives don't want Obama the black man to succeed in leadership.


I have had this notion about America proven to me several times now, which is that America is no longer one nation under God, but two very different nations under anything but God. It means the end is near and one-nation countries such as China is taking over sooner than expected. This is natural evolution I believe, great empires will always rise but they will also always fall. Ask "Great" Britain, ask Roman Empire, as Greek Empire.

Megan Cox
Megan Cox

I know several liberals who donated to show support for police. Republicans do NOT hate black people. I feel sadness for both sides and for all Ferguson residents. Prayers and love to all of you!!

Heisen1berg
Heisen1berg

@davidfrum Yup, this GoFundMe campaign is sure something to be proud of. ps: Why do Republicans hate black people so much?

JulianHarrisBro
JulianHarrisBro

@davidfrum conservatives join organizations as 'in-groups', & are therefore easier to quantify. also 'time to act' is problematic

skohayes
skohayes

@davidfrum If you're raising money for corrupt police officers or deadbeat ranchers, they can't be beat!

twbaker34
twbaker34

@davidfrum wait a minute. You're telling me money overpowers the people? No way.

ShamelessLib
ShamelessLib

@davidfrum and when it comes time to pick a president, voters demonstrate that they too skew left

TreyGre
TreyGre

@davidfrum Would you please help us move away from this false left-right dicotomy?

Daniel M
Daniel M

The "support" for the killer cop is explicitly racist. It is lazy to pass over that fact.

Justin Buck
Justin Buck

I'm not sure there's anything Tea Party about supporting law enforcement. I think people are realizing the prospect that anything happened other than an officer trying to do his job while being confronted with a violent criminal is slipping away with each new leak. If anything I'd bet tea party types feel the temptation to rage against this officer in their broader campaign against government.

Tyler Dylan Brown
Tyler Dylan Brown

Yeha too bad he had to choose to save his own life after his face and skull were beaten in, giving him a brain injury. But keep thinking Mike brown was innocent when he's just fish food by any other name.

Tyler Dylan Brown
Tyler Dylan Brown

Too bad evidence made its way to the surface, and stop the race baiting.

Blake Brown
Blake Brown

Shame on GoFundMe in supporting this "man".

Brant Emery
Brant Emery

Crowd funding for him why? To say sorry you angered a city over shooting a guy six times, probably the last headshot being massive overkill? Yeh, nice.

Nicholas Hayes
Nicholas Hayes

$23k per bullet so far. I don't understand how shooting an unarmed person 10 freaking times isn't murder. Badge or not.