- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2016

A couple of Penn State students who destroyed Trump campaign signs at a demonstration on campus earlier this fall are raising money online to pay their fine and donate to Planned Parenthood, Campus Reform reported Thursday.

Hanna DeMarte and Trystn Murphy created a page at crowdfunding Website, saying they “both received notice in the mail that we’re being fined $362 each for criminal mischief,” and had to pay up soon or face arrest, explained Campus Reform.

On their fundraising page, they said their goal is $1,450, slightly double the amount the two owe, as they wish “to donate the monetary sum of the charges to Planned Parenthood in the name of the student who reported us to police.”

According to the terms of use for Generosity.com, the crowdfunding platform may not be used “to create a Campaign to raise funds for illegal activities, to cause harm to people or property, or to scam others.” It is unclear whether Generosity.com interprets that stipulation to apply retroactively to paying for fines for the destruction of property.

As to the Planned Parenthood half of the equation, for his part, the Penn State sophomore named in the fundraising drive told Campus Reform he was perplexed as to their charity of choice.

“I honestly think they just imagine me as some sort of strawman Republican who is the epitome of every stereotype they have … I’ve never spoken publicly about the issue of abortion,” said Dmitri Loutsik.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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