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Jim Bob Duggar slammed for asking for donations in Arkansas senate run despite $3.5M fortune amid son Josh’s trial

JIM Bob Duggar has been slammed for asking for donations amid his run for Arkansas state senate.

The 56-year-old devoutly religious reality star is reportedly worth $3.5 million so the request for money had left critics puzzled.


Jim Bob's campaign website intro reads in part: "Now more than ever, we need a bold voice that is pro-family, pro-business, pro-gun and pro-life.

"It’s time for conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts Arkansas families, jobs, and our constitutional liberties first. I look forward to being your voice in the Arkansas State Senate."

Below the statement is an option to donate to Jim Bob's campaign, with the words "YES, Jim Bob-I'm with you. I am committing now to praying for you and am standing with you."

Visitors to the site then have the choice to donate either $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2,900 or "you decide."

Fans slammed the TV star on Reddit, accusing the aspiring politician of having no policies and "just grifting for donations."

One person referenced Jim Bob's son Josh and is upcoming trial for his alleged possession of child pornography.

"It should read, pro guns, pro life, pro pedophiles." they wrote.

Another Reddit user wrote: "I do not like the "YES, Jim Bob!" by the donation bar."

Another scathing comment read: "Pro-family. Except the daughters you threw under the bus after they were molested by their brother and then dragged onto FOX "News" to forgive their abuser.

"Pro-life: except for the children who were hurt or even killed in the perverse videos your oldest son viewed."

Another poster chimed in: "What if his whole campaign is just a ploy to raise money for Pest’s legal fees?"

"The website is relatively normal for a state senate campaign. The weird part is that it doesn't look like there's a way to sign up for email updates without giving money." Came another comment.

PROMO

Jim Bob and wife Michelle appeared on a billboard in their home state of Arkansas to promote Jim Bob's senatorial run.

Gossip blogger Katie Joy captured a snap of the billboard featuring the smiling couple and posted it to social media.

The Counting On alum announced his candidacy for Arkansas State Senate District 7 seat on October 29, according to Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Jim Bob released a statement and said: "Northwest Arkansas is my lifelong home. It's where my wife, Michelle, and I have raised our 20 children. 

"It's where we've grown our small businesses. It's where we've built a life centered around our faith, family, and friends."

The Duggar patriarch claimed that "out-of-control bureaucrats have put politics over common-sense policy with government mandates that force people to choose between earning a paycheck and violating their personal rights and beliefs."

He promised to be the "bold voice that is pro-family, pro-business, pro-gun, and pro-life."

The ex TLC star concluded: "It's time for conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts Arkansas families, jobs, and our constitutional liberties first. 

"I look forward to being your voice in the Arkansas State Senate."

JOSH ON TRIAL

The news comes as a shock to fans as the family is currently awaiting their eldest son Josh's trial for his April 2021 arrest for receiving and possessing child pornography. 

Recently, Josh, 33, missed the deadline to accept a plea deal before the November 30 trial in his case.

According to the Pretrial Scheduling Order, Josh had until October 18th to accept a plea agreement and change his non-guilty plea. 

The Sun can exclusively reveal no change of plea has been filed as of October 19th.

Jim Bob's son could be facing up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.



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