HELP KATHLEEN KEEP HER HOME
Kathleen Willey has endured untold personal hardship and anguish for telling the truth, for simply telling the truth! Her truth directly collided with a mighty political alliance that would do anything, destroy anyone, to protect their blind political ambitions. Kathleen was collateral damage in a world of politics, corruption and thuggery. She and her husband, Ed, were very active in Virginia
Democratic politics for many years and they raised thousand of dollars for numerous events and candidates. In 1992, after meeting Bill and Hillary Clinton, they started Virginians for Clinton and opened their campaign headquarters in Richmond. They were among the top fundraisers in the state. After the Inauguration in January, 1993, she was invited to volunteer in the White House Social Office in the East Wing. Later that year, in the midst of a serious financial crisis, she returned to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28th, and asked to see the President that afternoon. The three of them were good friends so she never gave it a second thought to appeal to him directly for help. Her days of volunteering were over and she asked for his help in finding her a paid position anywhere with the government. She was visibly upset and he took advantage of her vulnerability to satisfy his own selfish needs. It was nothing short of serious sexual harrassment. Tragically, her husband took his own life that same afternoon, fearing disbarment and possible criminal charges. Years later, in 1997, because of the events of that day in the Oval Office, Kathleen was dragged unwillingly into the Paula Jones lawsuit and from there the Starr Investigation and eventually Impeachment. How do you quantify the damages? Her world turned upside down, she lost opportunities and peace of mind, endured mental and emotional stress that few have experienced, loss of security and her personal property and pets, all replaced by a perpetual sense of looking over her shoulder. The powerful political machine ran over an average American soccer mom and virtually left her for dead. Kathleen was one of a few people who stood up to the Clintons and she paid a HUGE price for doing so. It's been a difficult and trying 15 years for HER, but she has somehow managed to remain steadfast, seeking solace in her little cottage in the country with her beloved dogs and cats.It is her Safe Harbor, the only place where she finds peace, safety, a sense of purpose and closeness to God. But now that serenity is being sorely tested. After the good fight for over 3 years, her home has been scheduled for foreclosure at the end of this month. It's all she has left and she has nowhere to go. Her family isn't helping her. Her new bank, Ocwen Loan Services, bought her mortgage on September 1st and will not honor her past negotiations with her former bank, One West. They refuse to negotiate with her now and won't even put a dollar amount on the table upon which they can both agree. They won't even entertain a forbearance and/or a trial period to prove that she can meet an agreed upon, lower mortgage payment while she constantly reminds them that she is not, nor will she ever pursue a HANDOUT but a WORKOUT. They are demanding the full arrears, legal fees, interest and late charges. She can't hire an attorney to represent her and Legal Aid won't help her. Kathleen was one of the very few who didn't open a legal defense fund during those investigations and she turned down obscene amounts of money from the tabloids because her credibility was more important to her. But, in this ever-changing world of 24 hour news cycles and sensationalism invading the media, integrity doesn't pay the bills. She has not given up and she is pursuing every option available to her. As her friends and supporters, we have opened this fund to help Kathleen keep her beautiful, little house in the woods. She is a true patriot and we hope that she will be able to continue to enjoy that peace and safety there that she so richly deserves. In this season of giving thanks,this is our opportunity to let her know that we appreciate and respect her for her integrity in standing by the truth in the face of the most powerful people in the world. Her conviction to remain steadfast has cost her plenty and we, as honest forthright Americans ALWAYS owe a debt of gratitude to those who speak truth to power. Kathleen has pledged a percentage of your donations to her favorite causes, Safe Harbor, a shelter for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Richmond, Virginia, The Fisher House at McGuire Veteran's Hospital in Richmond, various animal rescue groups and
Douglas Southall Freeman Veterans Memorial Refurbishment Group
To quote her favorite words by which she has chosen to live:
"DON'T GIVE UP FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE MIRACLE"