Sal­mond fund got to £100,000

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL crowd­fund­ing cam­paign launched by Alex Sal­mond to help fund his le­gal chal­lenge against the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s han­dling of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against him has been halted af­ter it raised just over £100,000.

The for­mer Scot­tish first min­is­ter an­nounced he was ask­ing for money to help with his court bat­tle at the same time as he dra­mat­i­cally quit the SNP.

Af­ter his heav­ily crit­i­cised fund­ing cam­paign raised dou­ble its £50,000 tar­get, Mr Sal­mond an­nounced he was clos­ing it.

He said: “Many thanks to the thou­sands of peo­ple who have come for­ward with sup­port. We will now press on with the chal­lenge to the law­ful­ness of the pro­ce­dure. All funds will be used ex­clu­sively to sup­port the ju­di­cial re­view.” He said any sur­plus “will then go to good causes”.

But his de­ci­sion to ask the pub­lic for fi­nan­cial sup­port has been branded “un­prece­dented” and “un­be­liev­able” by op­po­si­tion politi­cians – with some urg­ing peo­ple to do­nate cash to women’s or­gan­i­sa­tions in­stead.

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