(CNN)Supporters of Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, have donated large sums to a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his legal defense after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.
He has strenuously denied two claims of sexual harassment, and is taking the country’s government to court over its handling of the accusations against him.
Salmond set up a crowdfunding page online with a target of £50,000 ($65,000) to meet his legal fees in the case. Supporters had pledged more than £67,000 ($87,000) by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
However, Salmond faced criticism from some quarters for asking ordinary people to contribute from their own pockets.
Scottish Labour lawmaker Rhoda Grant tweeted: “That an independently wealthy man with his celebrity and political power is raising legal fees through crowdfunding for a case ultimately linked to sexual harassment is unbelievable.”
“There is something deeply unsettling about an independently wealthy man asking ordinary people for money so he can take the government of Scotland to court for investigating allegations of sexual assault against staff,” she said, in a statement tweeted by her party.
The controversy has split the ruling SNP between Salmond loyalists and those who back the government’s handling of the allegations, which emerged weeks after the government introduced new procedures for filing sexual harassment complaints.
Salmond said his resignation was an effort to remove a potential line of attack against the SNP, and said he planned to reapply for membership after he cleared his name.
The Scottish First Minister, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, said in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday that she felt “huge sadness” about the situation that had engulfed her friend and mentor of almost 30 years.
However, she said while the party hadn’t received any complaints, the fact remained that two allegations had been made against Salmond to the government that “could not be ignored or swept under the carpet.”
“Complaints must be investigated without fear or favour, regardless of the seniority of the person involved,” she added.
The complaints relate to Salmond’s alleged behavior at the first minister’s official Bute House residence, according to the Daily Record, but Salmond says that even he hasn’t been informed of the details.
Salmond pointed out that the Scottish government had confirmed that it hadn’t received any complaints before January, more than three years after he left office as first minister, and after a political career spanning decades.
“That is the record of 30 years of public service. So, let me be clear again. I refute these two complaints of harassment and I absolutely reject any suggestion of criminality,” he said.
He said he believes opposition parties had been pressuring Sturgeon to suspend him from the SNP, as part of efforts to undermine party unity.
“I did not come into politics to facilitate opposition attacks on the SNP,” he said. “Most of all I am conscious that if the party felt forced into suspending me it would cause substantial internal division.”
Salmond resigned as first minister and SNP leader after a defeat in the November 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, which he had championed.
Sturgeon, who replaced him, has maintained the party’s dominance in Scotland but not to the degree seen before the referendum. One of the highest-profile casualties of a swing away from the SNP was Salmond himself, who lost his parliamentary seat in the 2017 election.
Salmond has remained a major figure in both Scottish and British politics despite leaving Parliament. He works as a commentator and hosts the Alex Salmond Show on Russian state broadcaster RT.
Pixamattic EXCLUSIVE EditionYour Design Agency Team With Commercial, Developer, Outsourcer and Virtual Assistant License PLUS... MORE AUTOMATION. Sell Automated Designs, Mini-Videos and Parallax Videos For 100% Profits. Includes INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS. LOWEST Price TODAY Ever. Rises To $4
PLR Goldmine - Upsell Packstunning collection of 60 ebooks/Training Guides + 60 ebook Covers with Source File with Full Blown Private Label Rights. Go ahead and start your own business now
Everlesson SPEverlesson is a Complete online system for managing your entire membership site. It produce the most beautiful, highly profitable membership sites in a matter of minutes. These memberships will keep your members engaged and hungry for more of your product
FBEngagr PROFBEngagr Allows You To Create Automated Interactive Poll Campaigns that Capture leads and Engage your Audience on FB Resulting to Massive sales and Buyers On Demand 100% Free!
VidZio Pro - Unlimited CampaignsVidzio is a player that let you make sales directly from your videos… Customers can shop and watch at the same time without ever leaving your video or even hitting pause, you're leading them from engagement, to product, to purchase.
AutoSoci - CINEMATIC Edition (LITE)AutoSoci 2.5D Cinematography Edition Magnificently Attracts BUYERS Like Never Before With Your Unique Motion Effect Cinematic Images and Videos On Social Networks For More Profits On Autopilot.
SociDeck MembershipSociDeck is a feature-packed social media management software that converts social conversations into conversions by allowing users to manage their 3 biggest social media accounts- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at one place.
PowerPoint Animated Cartoon Backgrounds - Water WorldsThe Water Worlds Kartoon Background Kit includes 5 "ready to go" animated PowerPoint templates focusing on beach, ocean, water and related topics, plus a variety of related clipart and animated GIFs to make it fast and easy to modify and create your own c
Long Tail Pro Monthly Starter PlanLong Tail Pro is the fastest, most effective way to find keywords that will help your website rank in search engines.The Long Tail Pro Starter plan includes access to Long Tail Pro's entire suite of keyword research tools, including keyword lookups, re
Ez Video Ranks Version 2.0 - Intern Track 100 VideosAutomatically check ranking for your keywords you have optimized in your video titles. Simple as adding your channel URL, and pressing start. Intern package gives you the ability to track up to 100 videos, in google, google video, and youtube.
VideoMate100% automated video marketing.Get automated content
Get automated traffic
Get automated list building
Get automated social followers
Get automated PROFITSAll using the power of VIDEO
Best Quality PLR 2017 Blowout Split Pay OptionBest Quality PLR 2017 Blowout - 65 high quality exclusive Private Label Rights products worth $77 each, in one year-end blowout package. Split payment option, 1/3 of package unlocked with each payment.
ATL - DIAMOND Upgrade - LITEThe Affiliate Traffic Lab is a 100% cloud based software that creates traffic getting videos that you can rank on Google and Youtube in minutes to get you free traffic, leads and sales.
Sociible Content A.I.Sociible Allows You To Create FULLY-AUTOMATED Social Marketing Campaigns in MINUTES by Leveraging OTHER Peopleand#39;s AUTHORITY Content
For UNLIMITED, Hands-Free Traffic, Leads and PROFIT – in ANY Niche!
ShopABot Covert Commissions Monthly Pro - VIPAutomatically monetize every new lead with our done for you, fully hosted and managed email subscription service. We'll create campaigns and send on your behalf day in, day out - earning you 100% handsfree affiliate income from every subscriber who joins
Vidkala Pro OTO1 PremiumVidVio Pro OTO1:Optimize Your Money Making FB Video Pages and Sites INSTANTLY For 5 Times The ProfitsUsing Pro System which makes it 300% Easier and Twice As Faster for YouVidVio Pro Upgrade - PERFECT Partner To VidVio
To CRUSH All Your Competition and M
TigerPress Volume 6 Theme ClubGet all Tigerpress themes added each month, including the HTML versions and white label functionality, members also receive FREE updates and support, and also receive access to SaaS bonuses added monthly for one low price.
LetMailbox AgencyLetMailbox - Your All-In-One TOOLBOX for RAPID Returns on ANY EMAIL Broadcasts!!
Converzly Email ForceWe know that EVERY BUSINESS needs a website… so yes this is a page builder, but it’s far superior than any other out there..What if you could fill out a form or a questionnaire about you,, your business, your customers and the type of result you wanted.
Kickstart Social - Biz Kickstart CourseThe Biz Kickstart Course helps you to deploy your business efficiently. Now, donand#39;t get me wrong these are not the basic training that you might expect. This is next level - step-by-step training to kickstart your business and take it to new heights.
Carefree Rock Premium EasyTrackCarefree Rock is a fun and uplifting EasyTrack with an upbeat rock style that expresses and creates a playfully, positive, and inspirational mood. This EasyTrack can be used with Easy Audio Lab (included at no additional cost) to create a variation of the
EasyStores - 1 SiteRevolutionary New Self-Updating Store Builder Using New "LIVE" Technology And Integrated With Our Award Winning Traffic Software
Insta-Stories Template ClubAccess to Extra 20 of our Highest converting animations video stories and 10 top fresh NEW designs each month!
CreateDeliver Pro MembershipA brand new secure product delivery platform - upgrade to the Pro edition and get more templates, members and projects. Plus Zapier, VA access, testimonials and more.
Eazy Flyers OTO1So what is Eazy Flyers? Eazy Flyers is a huge bundle of 70 (FE) pro quality Local Business flyer templates that are easily edited using PowerPoint!