Charles Johnson’s GoFundMeasle

Up in smoke is where their money goes.

Yeah, that’s a graph of actual and cumulative donations from data burgled from Charles Johnson’s own begging bowl, spanning June 2015 through March 2020. Except for an initial windfall of $2,583 in June, there hasn’t been a lot of activity. After 4 years and 7 months, the big boy has garnered just over 53% of his goal of $20K. BTW, I didn’t add the “smoke.” Excel did.

Here are the monthly totals (sans the June 2015 outlier). The unusual bumps in donations are a mystery, but the months with no donations whatever are no surprise.

Some folks here (including me) suspected that Charles has been priming his pump by taking his winnings and plowing them back into the fund for appearances. Breaking out the “anonymous” donors from the rest doesn’t prove the theory, and there’s not a lot of correlation.

Many or most of the anonymous donors could be legit, but they can’t be vetted – only Charles can do that because GoFundMe ID’s contributors and allows the host access. (The host can also edit the donors’ love notes as we’ve noted previously.)

GoFundMe also does something else: they charge fees. The going rate is 2.9% plus $0.30 per donation. As of 31 March 2020, Chuck’s begging bowl contained $10,615.00, so
[($10,615 x .029) + (237 donations x $0.30 per)] = $378.94 that he won’t get.

Oh yeah, almost forgot:

Happy 67th Girthday, Charles!


Most LGF BlogMockers are aware of Charles Johnson’s Sit-On-A-Culver-City-Sidewalk-With-A-Tin-Cup-Experiment [aka, the Little Green Footballs GoFundMe account]. King Lizard hopes to raise $10K in donations from saps while providing little to nothing of value, and since GoFundMe takes 5% of every donation, Charles is at 30% after almost 6 months of begging. A whopping 5% (about $600) came blasting in within the last three months according to the big boy himself.

A Little Birdy forwarded an email recently – a confirmation of a measly donation to Charles Johnson’s GoFundMe account, date/time stamped Thursday, October 8, 2015 9:55 PM from someone named “Hippy Potimouse.” [Click for larger image.]


BFD, right? Check this out.
If you choose to contribute to a GoFundMe account, you have the option of posting your name, avatar and/or a comment (like Lizard Lapper Daniel Ballard did) otherwise you can choose to be an anonymous donor. Hippy Potimouse chose the former:


Here’s a close-up of the comment:

GO FUND ME 3aCool. Some wag decided it was worth five clams to mock Charles, but in less than an hour, something odd happened. The comment done got disappeared.


Got that? How ’bout a Throbbing Donation? Here you go.

Throbbing Donation 1

So what does this mean?


GoFundMe is yet another place where Charles can do his blocking shit. How many more of the “anonymous” donations were not made anonymously but were things like “Hey Charles, here is $200. Spend it wisely but at your time of life you really should think about getting a real life” etc.. you get the idea..

Anyway we proved he is hiding negative comments but cheerfully accepting donations.

If I were Charles, I’d say, “I just got a donation with a nasty comment attached and I have accepted the money and donated it to (insert a charity)”

For only $5 we have some childish fun at Charles’ expense, and it still costs less than this:


Cheetos and Dew

Party-Size Cheetos, Mountain Dew, and a programmer. Charles Johnson is familiar with 2 out of 3.

P.S. During the preparation of this benign commentary, Charles Johnson decided to refund $15 to three donors and eliminate their comments entirely Rather (heh) than be poked in the ribs. Too late, Charles.

Charles is Selling, but Nobody’s Buying

After having spent most of the last 7 years demolishing his once popular (i.e. potentially self-sustaining or even profitable) blog, Charles finds himself reduced to begging. Back on May 6th, he started a fundraiser on gofundme, stating, “Advertising helps, but it doesn’t cover all our costs.” Shocker there.

The public reaction to Charles’ plea was swift and underwhelming. 80% of the contributions to date came in the first 4 days, and after one month, Charles remains well shy of his stated $10,000 goal:


Presented below are some of Charles’ comments down through the years on the subject of blogs ads, and the costs to run LGF. Next to each comment is a graph illustrating where along the LGF’s growth/decline the comment was made.


Ah. Good times and promising trends.


Dis here is a Classy Establishment


Like I said, Classy


The Blogger Code of Ethics requires my silence in this matter


I don’t need no busty babes around here, I’m a Player!


The ads are more than paying LGF’s expenses at this point. Note that “at this point”, LGF had lost about half of its traffic during the previous 6 months.


The Code is more like a set of guidelines…


There were no popups ads coming from LGF before there were popup ads coming from LGF.

Finally, here’s a collage of classy ads screen-captured from LGF today.
I call it “War (on Women) Profiteering“.


Update (ChenZhen): also worth noting, and excerpt from the infamous NYT write-up in early 2010:

Johnson’s desk is flanked by a keyboard and an electric guitar, which he still plays, though not professionally. “The touring thing, when you’re younger — it’s nice and glamorous,” he said. “I’ve been to most of the continents in the world — the only big country I’ve missed is Russia, I think. I would probably still be doing it if the blog hadn’t taken off the way it did. If someone were to come to me and offer me a couple million dollars to go tour for six months, I wouldn’t say no. But at this point, the blog is more than meeting my needs, financially.” (He declines to characterize how much money he makes.)

We assume that 7-figure gig offer hasn’t yet materialized?

Charles Johnson and MSM Get Chumped by Anonymous Moby Attack On Officer Darren Wilson Fundraiser Site

Charles The Unbiased promoted Lawhawk’s intrepid research on the GoFundMe account for Officer Darren Wilson. Too bad it contains blatant and easily disprovable lies.

The GoFundMe donation account was set up on 17 August, presumably to defray the cost of Officer Wilson’s legal defense against those who want him crucified for killing Michael Brown, a large man who, by all credible accounts, attacked the police officer.

The fund raised more than $234,000 in only five days. The owners of the account, realizing that donations were still coming in after they’d met their goal, decided to close the account and open a second donation fund, with monies directed to a non-profit charity for officers in need: Shield of Hope. Formerly known as the Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 15 Charitable Foundation, it has connections to a Missouri police union. No surprise there.

But then Lawhawk attempts to paint the operators of (and donors to) the original GoFundMe page as racists, and by false association, smear not only Officer Wilson and the Ferguson P.D., but the F.O.P. and all police in the State of Missouri.

Ferguson Wilson Fund 0

In the post at Little Green Footballs, the list is barely legible as it’s posted as a faint .jpg. Here it is in .png format, undoctored except to enhance contrast:

Ferguson Wilson Fund

Wow. Those are some serious jawdroppers. The remainder of Lawhawk’s commentary is too inane to merit a response, so let’s examine his accusations of racism instead.

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