The media and public opinion are siding with Michael Brown, but police officer Darren Wilson's supporters seem to be quicker to open their wallets.
A total of $392,305 has been donated for Officer Wilson's legal fund via two GoFundMe campaigns. The first campaign, which has ended, raised $234,910 in eight days. The second campaign, which is still running, raised $157,395 in four days.
In contrast, Michael Brown's family has received only $253,769 over twelve days of a Justice for Michael Brown GoFundMe campaign.
There are a lot of reasons for the discrepancy, but one of them seems to be the differing amounts given by each donor to the two groups.
The Michael Brown fund has received 8,760 donations, and the amounts given tend to be smaller, on average $29. The Darren Wilson funds have received 9,415 donations, with the average donation $41.66.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate that since Justice For Michael Brown is a liberal/progressive cause, his supporters will likely be younger and more ethnically diverse than Darren Wilson's, and are therefore more likely to have lower incomes.
The donations to Darren Wilson are almost entirely anonymous and almost never include messages:
By contrast, the donations to Michael Brown's family usually post their real names and include prayers and messages of support:
Via USA Today.