Legal Defense Fund for Douglass Mackey

Campaign Created by: Douglass Mackey

The funds from this campaign will be received by Tor Ekeland Law, PLLC.

Goal : USD $100,000
Raised : USD $26,939

Welcome to Douglass Mackey's Legal Defense Fund. Please donate via GiveSendGo, or, if you prefer to give crypto, money order, physical check or cash, click here:

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On February 10, 2021, the United States government indicted Mr. Mackey on a single felony count for violating 18 U.S.C § 241, which forbids conspiracies to "injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate . . . in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured . . . by the Constitution. . . ." The government alleges that Doug did so by engaging in a conspiracy to meme in 2016. This entirely novel prosecution constitutes a dangerous prosecutorial overreach and egregious attack on Due Process and the First Amendment.

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HOW TO DONATE ANONYMOUSLY: Follow the link above and send cash to the P.O. Box address, or send an anonymous, shielded Zcash transaction to the Zcash private wallet, or send Monero to the Monero wallet. Or, send cash or check to the P.O. Box address. All donor info will be kept private.

Every American has the right to a defense lawyer and a fair trial under our Constitution. But a federal criminal trial is an expensive, technical affair against the Department of Justice and its vast resources. Besides legal fees, other trial costs include expert fees, jury research, case workshops, trial graphics, printing, and the production of exhibits (the cost of which is often in the thousands of dollars); travel and lodging for the trial team and experts; overtime pay and late-night transportation for administrative staff; legal research; forensics experts; electronic discovery review platforms and document review staff; court filing fees; office supplies; discovery software; postage and other assorted costs and expenses. At the Legal Defense Fund's discretion, money will be distributed to Mr. Mackey for his living expenses, and trial costs related should this prosecution disrupt his ability to earn a living, and so he can focus on his defense. 
 
Here is some background on the case: 
 
Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy: The Justice Department's Ridiculous Voter Disinformation Prosecution
Highly Esteemed Legal Scholar and Constitutional Expert Eugene Volokh: Are Douglass Mackey's Memes Illegal?
Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Greenfield: Is Misinformation A Crime?
Criminal Defense Attorney Norm Pattis: Federal Prosecutors Take Aim At Free Speech
Criminal Defense Attorney Norm Pattis: What's Really At Stake In The 2016 "Meme" Prosecution of "Ricky Vaughn"


The Douglass Mackey Legal Defense Fund has been established by friends and supporters of Mr. Mackey to help him meet the tremendous cost of legal representation. Any support provided is much appreciated.
 
*Donors giving donations of $15K or more could be subject to gift taxes. Donors should consult their tax advisors for more information. All donations are final, and no refunds will be issued. Donations will be used as the Legal Defense Fund sees fit, without any limitation.

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Send cash, or send check made out to Douglass Mackey to: 
 
Douglass Mackey
PO Box 6332
Delray Beach, FL 33482

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*Donors giving donations of $15K or more could be subject to gift taxes. Donors should consult their tax advisors for more information. All donations are final, and no refunds will be issued. Donations will be used as the Legal Defense Fund sees fit, without any limitation.

UPDATES

Douglass Mackey Case - An urgent update from Counsel
December 15, 2021
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RE: United States v. Douglass Mackey

To Whom it May Concern: Please donate to the Douglass Mackey Legal Defense Fund

The United States is prosecuting Douglass Mackey for conspiracy to meme. 
Promised legal defense funds have fallen through. He can't review the evidence in his case 
because his e-discovery cloud vendor has shut down the review platform for non-payment. 
Vendor invoices are overdue; and he owes over $100,000 in legal fees to date. He has 
important pretrial motions due in the beginning of January and February, including his 
Motion to Dismiss, and his defense is suffering for lack of funding.

The Government indicted Doug under a 150-year-old law meant for the KKK. It 
punishes conspiracies against voting rights, and, until this case, conspiracies connected to 
the physical world - cross burning, violence against voters, ballot stuffing. Here, the 
Government claims that Doug, conspired in Twitter Direct Messages to create a meme 
that, they say, tricked Hillary Clinton voters into thinking they could text their vote. Except 
that the meme in question was widely available on the internet before the time of the 
alleged conspiracy, and the government isn't prosecuting Hillary Clinton supporters who 
did the exact same thing five years ago. The last time we checked, the Clinton supporters’ 
meme (and video) were still up on Twitter and Facebook. We took screenshots.

The Government arrested Doug the week after President Biden's inauguration, even 
though the supposed conspiracy happened before the 2016 election. 

Congress twice refused to criminalize what the Department of Justice is claiming to 
prosecute here: misinformation. The second time Congress held hearings on the issue, 
Senator Amy Klobuchar stood by a blow up of the magical meme and called it a felony. 
Congress still did not criminalize conspiracy to meme. Nor does the First Amendment 
permit them to.

No voter takes voting advice from a satirical twitter account named after a Charlie 
Sheen movie character, with an avatar of the movie character in a red MAGA hat, cosmic 
sunglasses, and a Bane villain mask, underscored with pro-Trump content below the 
image of the avatar. Nor does the evidence provided by the Government to date show that 
anyone was fooled. But for Doug needs your help to continue his review of the evidence 
against him in this important First Amendment internet speech case.

If you have any questions, email me at tor@torekeland.com. Or call (718) 737 - 
7264 and tell the receptionist the First Amendment sent you. Thank you.

Donate: Click here

Douglass Mackey Case - An urgent update from Counsel
December 15, 2021
facebook twitter

RE: United States v. Douglass Mackey

To Whom it May Concern: Please donate to the Douglass Mackey Legal Defense Fund

The United States is prosecuting Douglass Mackey for conspiracy to meme. 
Promised legal defense funds have fallen through. He can't review the evidence in his case 
because his e-discovery cloud vendor has shut down the review platform for non-payment. 
Vendor invoices are overdue; and he owes over $100,000 in legal fees to date. He has 
important pretrial motions due in the beginning of January and February, including his 
Motion to Dismiss, and his defense is suffering for lack of funding.

The Government indicted Doug under a 150-year-old law meant for the KKK. It 
punishes conspiracies against voting rights, and, until this case, conspiracies connected to 
the physical world - cross burning, violence against voters, ballot stuffing. Here, the 
Government claims that Doug, conspired in Twitter Direct Messages to create a meme 
that, they say, tricked Hillary Clinton voters into thinking they could text their vote. Except 
that the meme in question was widely available on the internet before the time of the 
alleged conspiracy, and the government isn't prosecuting Hillary Clinton supporters who 
did the exact same thing five years ago. The last time we checked, the Clinton supporters’ 
meme (and video) were still up on Twitter and Facebook. We took screenshots.

The Government arrested Doug the week after President Biden's inauguration, even 
though the supposed conspiracy happened before the 2016 election. 

Congress twice refused to criminalize what the Department of Justice is claiming to 
prosecute here: misinformation. The second time Congress held hearings on the issue, 
Senator Amy Klobuchar stood by a blow up of the magical meme and called it a felony. 
Congress still did not criminalize conspiracy to meme. Nor does the First Amendment 
permit them to.

No voter takes voting advice from a satirical twitter account named after a Charlie 
Sheen movie character, with an avatar of the movie character in a red MAGA hat, cosmic 
sunglasses, and a Bane villain mask, underscored with pro-Trump content below the 
image of the avatar. Nor does the evidence provided by the Government to date show that 
anyone was fooled. But for Doug needs your help to continue his review of the evidence 
against him in this important First Amendment internet speech case.

If you have any questions, email me at tor@torekeland.com. Or call (718) 737 - 
7264 and tell the receptionist the First Amendment sent you. Thank you.

Donate: Click here

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