In light of the news yesterday of Stormy Daniels questioning what happened to the money that Michael Avenatti raised for her security and legal defense, we have a question on another one of the celebrity lawyer’s other fundraising efforts. Remember when he was working with all of those asylum-seeking clients at the border?
We continue to work towards full reunification of families separated at the border but our work is far from over. We need additional monies to pay for release bonds & out-of-pocket expenses (NOT attorneys' fees). Please contribute and retweet. #Bastahttps://t.co/hiYLHr3QP2
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 31, 2018
The total raised so far is $159,863:
Avenatti has tweeted a number of times about his border clients, fwiw:
Last week, @ricardo_de_anda (one of the best) and I were able to finally reunite our clients Byron and Edy with their parents 5 mos after they were taken at the border. Hundreds of more children are still detained as a result of the draconian policies of Trump. We cannot forget. pic.twitter.com/g4h2Ry3uwr
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 23, 2018
I will be in court in Houston tmrw am seeking the release of Antony, who was taken from his mother Elsa in late May. Elsa was deported to Guatemala without him and we have been working to reunite them. This pic was taken in July when Elsa protested at Ms. Nielson’s hotel. pic.twitter.com/g70obQtdgG
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 13, 2018
.@ricardo_de_anda & I appeared in ct today to attempt to allow us to take our client Antony home to mom in Guatemala TODAY. The govt opposed our request – he will now have to stay perhaps another 2 mos here. He hasn’t seen his mom in 81 days. Trump and his cronies have no heart. pic.twitter.com/hD0AZHgIoQ
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 14, 2018
But Avenatti did say about the fundraising that “No monies are going toward attorneys’ fees, and the uses of your money will be publicly disclosed” (emphasis ours):
Please join the legal battle to reunite families and end the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
The Trump administration speaks of making America great, but on our southern border it is now committing atrocities that we would have never thought possible. The forced separation of children from their parents runs counter to our values as a nation, the core principles our country was founded upon, and what we stand for. This is not my America. This is not our America.
We are raising funds to pay for (a) release bonds to assist mothers who are attempting to gain release from detention centers so they can be reunited with their children and (b) out-of-pocket expenses for our work reuniting families and changing the policy. No monies are going toward attorneys’ fees, and the uses of your money will be publicly disclosed.
All mothers are mothers first. Regardless of their political persuasion. And all children are simply children.
Please help us right this wrong.
Michael Avenatti, Esq.
So, when will there be a public disclosure of what he did spend the money on?
‘Dies laughing forever’! New Stormy Daniels statement could land Michael Avenatti ‘in a world of trouble’ https://t.co/ftsnDHBeXE
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 29, 2018