Commentor SueL fowarded the link to Scott Prouty’s GoFundMe bleg:
I’m the person that released the now famous Mitt Romney 47 percent video. I’m a regular guy who cares about social justice and the future of the United States. I shot the video and shared it because it was important for citizens to know the full truth about a man who had a chance of becoming president. If you appreciate what I did, please consider donating to help with my current and future legal expenses.
Any funds left over will be used to to help me go back to school.
It’s always been my dream to attend law school. I’d like to be a socially responsible lawyer who can help the 47 percent navigate our legal system. Thank you for your donations!
Please see https://twitter.com/AnneOnymous670 or https://twitter.com/ScottProuty for confirmation this is real. Thank you all!
Here’s a link to Prouty’s MSNBC interview this morning:
Scott Prouty, the 38-year-old bartender behind the infamous 47% video dropped by NOW with Alex Wagner on Friday, saying it would be “the last television interview that I do.”…
“I have a pre-existing condition, I was diagnosed with a genetic blood disease when I was about 30-years-old and they denied me for health care coverage,” he told the panel. “And so I mean, I have an idea of what it takes and what people go through when that happens to you and you’re out of luck. I don’t think he gets that. ‘Hey it’s not a game’ for these people with a heart condition when they’re 45.”…
“I don’t think it’s good for America to be dividing by classes,” Prouty–who remains a political independent–said. “I think it’s the one percent versus everybody else. And I think it’s those people who have control at the top.”
And before all you humorists decide to go explain to Mr. Prouty what a terrible idea it would be to pursue his dream career, Wonkette‘s Stefan BC has already taken care of that for you!:
… Seriously Scott, you are obviously someone who has principles and sense of bravery that put most of us other under-employed drones to shame. As a law school student ourselves however it is with a heavy heart that we must advise you to keep your wonderfully unsullied conscience and stay the fuck away from this awful snake pit of despair that defines legal education. Do something more honorable with your life, like lobbying for manatees or gun running in the eastern Congo. The dank and sociopathic existence in the shadows of society that provides us with concentrated feelings of human suffering that allows law students and lawyers to survive is NO place for righteous individuals like yourself. For fucks sake MITT ROMNEY is a goddamned Harvard Law grad and you know personally what a prick he is…
ETA: For the professional cynic-contrarians, here’s MoJo‘s David Corn, the guy who broke the original video before the election:
… After taping an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday night, Prouty discussed with me his reasons for establishing this fund:
After going public, I’ve received a flood of physical and legal threats in emails and tweets. People have found my address and have shown up at my door. It’s possible I may have to move. And I’ve had to contact several lawyers and have incurred legal expenses. I might incur more going forward. I always knew that if I talked about this, I could become a target, and I don’t want to be melodramatic, but some of the threats I’ve received do cause me to be concerned for my safety and that of my loved ones….
I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the beginning—and especially now. Many people have asked how they could help. This is one way. I’ve also said in interviews that if they would like to show their support they can send donations to the SPCA and the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. These are both groups that I care about…
During his media interviews the past two days, Prouty has not mentioned this fund, and so far only a handful of persons have located the website and contributed…
(h/t commentor Alison)