RELEASE: CatholicVote Members Donate $36,000 to Covington family


Catholics rally to Nick Sandmann for standing up to attacks

MADISON, WI — Members of, a national grassroots advocacy organization, came to the defense of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann and his family, as they faced a national onslaught of personal attacks and threats of violence, in the aftermath of a media hyped controversy which falsely accused Sandmann and his fellow students of mistreating a known Native American provocateur. President Brian Burch issued the following statement:

“We understand it’s been a difficult week for the family of Nick Sandmann. He’s been vilified, harassed, and even received death threats. Catholics from across the country have rallied to show their support to Nick and his family by generously raising $36,100 for a scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities for Nick and his two younger siblings.

“Catholics understand what happened to Nick Sandmann could have happened to their son or daughter. The nasty attacks against Nick are a reminder of the darker side of left-wing mobs, fake news, and social media. The lionshare of the responsibility for this fiasco belongs to the media, yet many so-called Catholic leaders also share some blame. The rush to advance a particular narrative, before all the facts were known, is the result of a growing prejudice and hostility toward faithful Christians in America.

“ is proud to help in this small way to both offset some unexpected expenses and financial hardship for the Sandmann family, but more importantly to send a message that millions of Catholics are proud of Nick, and want to encourage other young people to follow his lead in standing up to the bullies in our culture that seek to shame and silence them.”

Background on is one of the largest lay-organized Catholic advocacy groups in the country.  With over 500,000 members and engaged citizens in every state, CV seeks to educate, organize, and mobilize voters to protect and defend life, family and freedom.


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