George Zimmerman

Zimmerman plans new fundraising campaign using thank you cards

George Zimmerman announced plans Wednesday to launch a new fundraising campaign to pay for his expenses while awaiting his second-degree murder trial for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

He plans to use his pseudo celebrity status to bolster his campaign, writing on his fundraising website that donors will receive a thank you card “personally signed by George.”

This is not Zimmerman’s first fundraising effort. He began an internet campaign a few weeks after the shooting, and according to the Orlando Sentinel, he was raising up to $1,000/day.

The new campaign coincides with a shift to a new fund manager for Zimmerman’s legal defense, one that Zimmerman will choose. The website states that the donations will go first to Zimmerman’s living expenses, then court costs and expenses, and finally to defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and co-counsel Don West who have not yet been paid. The same site also states that it will maintain the confidentiality of the donors.

Zimmerman has raised an estimated $340,000 to date. As of April 27, O’Mara said that Zimmerman had raised just under $200,000, according a letter written to Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. on May 18. This Wednesday, Zimmerman’s website announced that it had raised an additional $140,000.

O’Mara announced several weeks ago that the defense fund was running low and that expenses were outstripping income.

Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and claims immunity under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law. Trial is set for June, but the “stand your ground” hearing will likely be held in April.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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