Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti has a message for right-wingers who continue to speculate about where he gets his money: do your research and "get over it."
Just over 12 hours after Avenatti explained the mix of crowdfunding and client-paid fees that make up his funding to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, a former businessman published an editorial calling his and Daniels' highly-public lawsuits against Donald Trump "fishy" and wondered where he actually gets the money from. Though Mark Penn, the editorial's author, worked for Hillary Clinton, the article got picked up by right-wing pundits under the #WhoPaysAvenatti hashtag — and the lawyer has had enough.
Old: Michael Avenatti’s porn star/hush payment case allegedly being aligned with Russia. New: Michael Avenatti all… https://t.co/KTWAmsOUSn— RAM (Richard Armande Mills) (@RAM (Richard Armande Mills))1525882139.0
In an official statement and on Twitter, Avenatti took his detractors to task by once again explaining how he makes money. He slammed those who wish to "develop a false narrative that they can use" to undercut his case's credibility — and said he, Daniels and their backers "will not stand for it."
"Once again (for at least the 20th time) — ALL fees and expenses of this case have either been funded by our client, Ms. Stephanie Clifford [Daniels' legal name], or by donations from our crowdjustice.com page," Avenatti wrote in his legal fees statement. "Please re-read that if you are unclear. Read it again if need be. Keep reading it until you get it."
"No political part or PAC is funding this effort," he continued. "No left wing conspiracy group is behind this. And no big fat cat political donors are leading the charge. Get over it."
Avenatti implored his followers on Twitter to join him in "mocking" journalists who repeat the question "for their inability to do basic research."
Who is paying my legal bills? Yet again, here is the answer (in Dropbox). The next time you see a "journalist" ask… https://t.co/xwepRdHZm9— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti)1525972977.0
"This is a search for the truth," he wrote at the conclusion of his statement. "And in the spirit of Ms. Clifford's courage, we are not going away anytime soon."