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Jewish Bar's 'Adopt a Nazi' Fundraiser Goes Viral

The Recorder

SAN FRANCISCO — In the run-up to an alt-right rally scheduled for Crissy Field on Aug. 26, the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco has been raising funds for an organization dedicated to combatting extremism in the United States.

The JBASF's "Adopt a Nazi (Not Really)" gofundme page, which is collecting donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center, had received more than $80,000 as of Monday morning, more than 8 times the original $10,000 goal set out by board member Cody Harris, a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters. As of Monday morning, a $5,500 pledge from Harris' firm was the highest single donation.

"For every person who is going to show up and espouse these views, we will respond by funding an organization whose purpose is to track and combat extremism," said Harris in a phone interview Monday morning.

"As lawyers, we all took an oath to defend the Constitution," Harris said. "This is not just about the First Amendment, it's about equal protection, due process and those fundamental values that underlie our system of government."

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