Country star Kid Rock called Marine veteran Daniel Penny a “hero,” donating thousands to the campaign for the veteran/24-year-old college student accused of killing Jordan Neely.
The 52-year-old singer —born Robert Ritchie — joined some 50,000 people who have donated to the GiveSendGo campaign that is listed as “Daniel Penny’s Legal Defense Fund.” As of this publication, the online fundraiser has surpassed $2.5 million.
Ritchie is listed in the “Top Donations” section, which shows that he donated “5,000.” His post read, “Mr. Penny is a hero. Alvin Bragg is a POS. Kid Rock.” Bragg is the Manhattan district attorney who has charged Penny with second-degree manslaughter, the Daily Mail noted.
CROWDFUNDING SUPPORT: @KidRock donates thousands to Marine vet's defense in NYC subway chokehold death. See the blistering message he left DA Alvin Bragg. https://t.co/Bjj5uKYCbX pic.twitter.com/rNV5HDAS2q
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 16, 2023
Ritchie joined with other high profile figures who donated to Penny — who’s facing charges over the death of the homeless man who was allegedly threatening people on a New York City subway car before he was restrained by Penny with a headlock for about 15 minutes on May 1, as previously reported. On Friday, Penny surrendered to law enforcement in New York and did not enter a plea. He was released on $100,000 bail, and is scheduled to be back in court on July 17.
Others who donated include Max King Realty Holdings LLC President/CEO Brett Kingstone, who wrote with his donation that Kid Rock’s level of support inspired him to do more.
“So I see that the great KID ROCK donated $5,000,” Kingstone wrote. “Decided to up my previous $1,000 donation to $5,000 accordingly. Kid Rock’s messages to Alvin Bragg, as well as Bud Lite, are well founded. Blessings to all the great Americans who sent both their prayers and contributions of $5 and up to this great Marine and Hero.”
2024 Republican Party presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy donated another $10,000. While political commentator Tim Pool is listed on the fundraising site as donating $20,000.
The message on the fundraiser site about the campaign says, “Funds are being raised to pay Mr. Penny’s legal fees incurred from any criminal charges filed and any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defense. All contributions are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds collected which exceed those necessary to cover Mr. Penny’s legal defense will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.”
The site also includes a statement that the page was set up by the law offices of Raiser & Kenniff, P.C.