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Somerville man launches bid to pay for any Trump tapes

A Somerville resident launched a fund-raiser on GoFundMe.com to pay for legal fees associated with releasing tapes of Donald Trump making profoundly offensive remarks. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

If there are additional recordings floating around out there of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump making profoundly offensive remarks, Aaron Holman wants to know about them.

He’s even willing to pay the legal fees for any blowback that comes with releasing the information.

Holman, a Somerville resident, launched a fund-raiser on GoFundMe.com Sunday, called the “Trump Sunlight Campaign,” with several friends. In just a few days, the effort has amassed more than $32,000 in donations. The group hopes to hit $5.1 million — a very aggressive (and some say unrealistic) goal that could bat away a lawsuit.

“I think our main goal is to make sure that if someone is out there and has some evidence that could be good for America, they know there are people who have their back,” said Holman.


“We are here to support you, and are here to stand with you,” he said.

The Trump campaign did not return a message seeking comment.

Holman’s project has garnered national attention. NBC News, Huffington Post, and other outlets, have reported on it.

A Facebook page and Twitter account for the effort have also been launched.

The idea came to Holman, who supports Democrat Hillary Clinton, and his friends after a recording of Trump making comments about grabbing women by their genitals was made public by The Washington Post. Trump has since described his comments as “locker room” banter.

A producer and director who claims he worked with Trump on “The Apprentice” tweeted after the revelations that “when it comes to the #Trumptapes there are far worse.”

The accusation piqued Holman’s interest.

“At this point, there’s enough folks who have come forward and said enough things to give us the strong indication that there is potentially something out there,” he said. “We are hoping anything that comes out is something that gives folks a greater depth of insight into the character of the person who is running for president.”


Many have come out in opposition of the project’s goals.

“You guys are absolutely pathetic,” one person wrote on the project’s fund-raising page. “If you would spend such effort looking into Clintons actual CRIMES instead of a guy who SAYS MEAN THINGS - then maybe this country wouldn’t be the absolute joke it is nowadays.”

Another said, “How sad, to be so desperate that you would waste money on a fund-raiser like this.”

But Holman remains undeterred by the criticism.

“I’m not surprised that people continue to throw in five, ten, or twenty bucks,” he said. “People see it as a worthy cause.”

In the event that no one comes forward with anything, Holman and members of the project plan to donate the funds to a worthy cause.

“If this money doesn’t go to support somebody that releases some type of evidence, then we want to make sure it goes to a place that can help it support transparency,” he said.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.