A website through which accused Ponzi schemer Andy Bowdoin of Florida-based AdSurfDaily hoped to raise $500,000 to pay for his criminal defense has been offline for at least 11 hours. The reason why is unclear.
The site — known as Andy’s Fundraising Army — launched on July 26 after weeks of prelaunch hype and after having missed at least two advertised launch dates. The site’s URL now resolves to a page that beams advertisements.
Bowdoin’s used the website and emails to paint himself the Christian commander of an “Army” that was “fighting mad.” The site used images of David and Goliath and accused the government of “wrong doing” and “suppression.”
In 2008, Bowdoin referred to the Secret Service and federal prosecutors as “Satan,” and compared the seizure of tens of millions of dollars from his 10 bank accounts to the 9/11 terrorists attacks. In a video released July 26, he claimed he was “crucified” and “heavily ridiculed” by two U.S. Attorneys and three Secret Service agents.
Bowdoin’s PR strategy of demonizing the government for seizing the money in August 2008 appears to have backfired. As of last week — after more than two months of fundraising — Bowdoin reportedly was 95 percent short of his $500,000 goal.
Three weeks ago, the government returned $55 million seized in the case to members.