Americans line up to put dollars in Stormy Daniels' legal fund

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  • Daniels also has launched a crowd-funding campaign for legal fees 
  • Contributions were doubling approximately every hour, reaching $12,000 by 3:00 pm
  • Funds are for legal fees, any fines, any damages, and security costs she says have spiked 
  • Radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem said Stormy Daniels discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump on his show
  • She showed Clem a list of people she had slept with on the show in 2007
  • Clem said Trump was first on the list
  • Daniels said on the show she and a person first hooked up in Nevada and had an affair lasting less than a year
  • The person would call her 'twice a month' 
  • Clem recorded a Hulk Hogan sex tape that was the subject of litigation and an eventual settlement after it appeared on Gawker 
  • Stormy's lawyer filed a motion to replace the judge overseeing her lawsuit in a California court

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 13:13 EDT, 14 March 2018 | Updated: 16:03 EDT, 14 March 2018

A new legal defense fund set up by porn star Stormy Daniels to 'speak honestly and openly' about her alleged affair with President Trump is raking in cash as news of her legal crusade spreads.

Daniels launched the site to raise funds so that she could speak about what she calls 'my relationship' with Trump and contend with 'intimidation tactics used against me.'

Although she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, her own lawyer is waging a legal and PR strategy to get it lifted. 

Contributions on the crowdjustice site Daniels set up were less than $2,000 at around noon. They topped $4,000 shortly after 1:00 pm, and topped $13,000 shortly after 3:00 pm. By 4:00 pm, the total had surpassed $17,000.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels has launched a crowdfunding site to raise funds for her legal fees, any fines, and security as she seeks to speak 'openly' about her alleged affair with President Trump
Adult film star Stormy Daniels has launched a crowdfunding site to raise funds for her legal fees, any fines, and security as she seeks to speak 'openly' about her alleged affair with President Trump

Adult film star Stormy Daniels has launched a crowdfunding site to raise funds for her legal fees, any fines, and security as she seeks to speak 'openly' about her alleged affair with President Trump

'I am attempting to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump and the intimidation and tactics used against me,' Daniels writes on the plea for funds. It seeks contributions from $10 to $200. 

'In order to tell my story, I have had to file a public lawsuit in Los Angeles, California in an effort to void a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that Mr. Trump never signed and yet is trying to use to intimidate me,' she writes. 

'I need funds to pay for: attorneys' fees; out-of-pocket costs associated with the lawsuit, arbitration, and my right to speak openly; security expenses; and damages that may be awarded against me if I speak out and ultimately lose to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen,' she wrote in the appeal.

'I am more fortunate than many, many people in this country. And for that I am grateful. But unfortunately, I do not have the vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone. Thank you for supporting me,' she writes.

Donald Trump and porn Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford pose together in 2006; the White House says he already won a case in arbitration against her and that he's denied the accusations of an affair 
Donald Trump and porn Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford pose together in 2006; the White House says he already won a case in arbitration against her and that he's denied the accusations of an affair 

Donald Trump and porn Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford pose together in 2006; the White House says he already won a case in arbitration against her and that he's denied the accusations of an affair 

The fundraising page is titled with the name of her lawsuit against the president: ' Clifford (aka Daniels) v. Trump et al.,' and features both her stage name and her real name: Stephanie Clifford.

Avenatti on Monday proposed a settlement agreement whereby Daniels would give back the $130,000 she received by signing a non-disclosure agreement where she agreed not to discuss her alleged affair with Trump.

Supporters are encouraged to 'pledge now,' 'support the case,' or 'be a promoter' by sharing the page on Facebook. 

Donors are encouraged to leave a brief message on the page.

Someone named Tracy pledged $10 and wrote: 'I look forward to hearing the truth!'

Donors gave their names and wrote encouraging words like 'you go, girl'
Donors gave their names and wrote encouraging words like 'you go, girl'

Donors gave their names and wrote encouraging words like 'you go, girl'

One donor said she was an English grandmother living in the UK
One donor said she was an English grandmother living in the UK

One donor said she was an English grandmother living in the UK

A $10 contributor said the donation to the adult film star's legal fund was the 'Best money I could spend today'
A $10 contributor said the donation to the adult film star's legal fund was the 'Best money I could spend today'

A $10 contributor said the donation to the adult film star's legal fund was the 'Best money I could spend today'

'Get him!' wrote an anonymous donor who pledged $50. One donor named Melania wrote: 'Wish you all the best in your future endeavors. #ImWithStormy.'

The NDA contains a clause where an arbitrator can hit Daniels with a $1 million fine for each breach of the agreement. Her lawyer is contenting it wasn't or is no longer valid. 

Avenatti told CNN at least three wealthy people have offered to pay $1 million to cover such fines on her behalf.

'We could have easily gone out and secretly raised millions from a number of 'fat cat' donors who don't like the president,' Avenatti told The Washington Post on Wednesday. 'But that isn't in the spirit of what this is about.' 

Daniels is seeking funds to pay 'attorney's fees, out-of-pocket costs associated with her lawsuit against Trump, security expenses, and damages
Daniels is seeking funds to pay 'attorney's fees, out-of-pocket costs associated with her lawsuit against Trump, security expenses, and damages

Daniels is seeking funds to pay 'attorney's fees, out-of-pocket costs associated with her lawsuit against Trump, security expenses, and damages

In another twist to the stunning story, Daniels gave a radio interview in 2007 where she talked about her sexual partners and identified Donald Trump as one of them, the host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has claimed.

Clem played clips from the interview on his radio show, revealing the latest allegations of an affair with Trump by the porn star before she inked a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement agreeing not to talk about any affair.

Clem on Friday played parts of the interview, where he asked Daniels to write down famous men she had slept with. 

He now says Daniels put Trump's name on top of the list, CNN reported. 

'Can you write down a name and we won't say it on the air,' the host asked her.

'She writes down Donald Trump,' Clem said Friday, recounting the incident. Clem explained: 'She writes down Donald Trump. And you can tell it's him, because just listen to how we describe it.'

In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

He then plays a clip of exclamations from the show when the information came out.   

'I know it's Donald Trump, but i'm like be careful, this isn't Vince Neal or Tommy Lee or David Lee Roth. This is a guy that's, you know, litigious, and gots money.' 

Although she didn't identify him on the air, Daniels described the affair as beginning in 'Nevada, but not Vegas,' and says it went on for less than a year.

She says the man called her 'twice a month,' adding there was 'no exchange of money,' the DailyBeast reported. 

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a new legal motion Friday, seeking to have the judge assigned to the case removed because of a potential conflict of interest. The judge, Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court, is under consideration for a federal appointment by Trump, he said
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a new legal motion Friday, seeking to have the judge assigned to the case removed because of a potential conflict of interest. The judge, Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court, is under consideration for a federal appointment by Trump, he said

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a new legal motion Friday, seeking to have the judge assigned to the case removed because of a potential conflict of interest. The judge, Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court, is under consideration for a federal appointment by Trump, he said

Daniels also alleged she had an affair with Trump in an InTouch Magazine interview. She entered into an NDA with Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen weeks before the 2016 elections, agreeing as a condition not to discuss any affair.

Daniels has said she and Trump had an affair in 2006, and that they met at a celebrity golf tournament he was hosting in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. 

Clem recorded a Hulk Hogan sex tape that was the subject of litigation after it was published by the now-defunct Gawker web site. The two men reached an eventual settlement.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is now suing in California court, arguing that her NDA was not valid because Trump never signed it, and that Cohen violated it by confirming its existence. 

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a new legal motion Friday, seeking to have the judge assigned to the case removed because of a potential conflict of interest.

Avenatti tweeted an image of Daniels sitting with Anderson Cooper of '60 Minutes'
Avenatti tweeted an image of Daniels sitting with Anderson Cooper of '60 Minutes'

Avenatti tweeted an image of Daniels sitting with Anderson Cooper of '60 Minutes'

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (L) and radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge arrive at the 25th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (L) and radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge arrive at the 25th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (L) and radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge arrive at the 25th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada

The judge, Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court, is under consideration for a federal appointment by Trump, according to Avenatti, who filed the motion.

The judge is 'being vetted for an appointment to the federal bench by the administration,' Avenatti said, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

'We do not believe it is appropriate for her to preside over this case, which obviously involves the president, in light of this fact.' 

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