Let’s All Chip In to Help Craig Thomson!
Cash-strapped Craig Thomson is reportedly struggling to get by on his $200,000 annual salary for doing sweet fuck all. So much so that he’s established a
slush fund charitable trust and is calling for public donations to fund his ongoing legal costs.
Mr Thomson, currently facing over 150 counts of fraud, said he was “at risk” of not being able to pay lawyers and as such, heaven forbid, he might be forced to represent himself against the charges.
NO LEGAL AID FOR TOMMO!
Defending the charges could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and court documents show he is struggling to make ends meet on his $190,550 MP’s salary.
Mr Thomson said two retired men, listed on the account as Mark Worthington and Rodney Allan who he has never met, had volunteered to set up the “Craig Thomson Legal Defence Fund.”
“I welcome the funding but it is not something I asked for, I thank supporters for deciding to set up the account,” he said last night.
In a letter on the fundraising page listing a Commonwealth Bank account, Mr Thomson addressed donors as “Dear Friends.”
“The purpose of this web page is to provide details of an account which accepts donations for my legal defence,” Mr Thomson wrote.
“I have made it clear on numerous occasions in the media that I am innocent of all allegations made against me before the courts. I strongly believe in the constitution and that people are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
“I know that like me, a great majority of people believe in the rights of all Australians to defend themselves in a court of law. To help me defend myself against these wrongful charges, your donations are greatly appreciated.”
The ex Labor MP previously had his legal bills paid by the ALP.
After he became an independent MP, Labor ruled out using party funds to again bail him out.
A spokesman said Mr Thomson would declare the defence fund and its proceeds to parliament if he was required to.
Mr Thomson’s next court appearance in Melbourne is next month.
So Trashers howabout we all have a whip round for Craig?
From just a dollar a day you too can help Craig clear his unblemished name.
And in case you’re struggling to decide just how much you ought to give, we’ve created this handy guide to helping Craig lead the life he not only expects but so rightly deserves:
A GUIDE TO GIVING:
Because we care…
$100,000 – is enough to keep Craig in pocket money for 12 months.
$75,000 – will help keep Craig on-the-go with a 12 month lease on a BMW.
$50,000 – just enough for an indoor swimming pool, barbecue, pergola and landscaping.
$25,000 – flights for Craig’s family and friends’ bi-annual overseas trips and accommodation.
$10,000 – just enough for Craig’s fortnightly “companionship” allowance.
$5,000 – Friday lunch at Sussex street.
$1,000 – Oh come on, that won’t even give Craig a day out at the races.
CALL “1300 SAVE CRAIG” TO PLEDGE YOUR DONATION TODAY!