The "Libby Legal Defense Trust" is up and running, fueled by donations from friends and supporters of the indicted former chief of staff to the Vice President.
"There is already more than $2 million in the trust," according to Barbara Comstock, a Republican strategist and a member of the fund's steering committee. Expect a new Web site to be unfurled shortly as well -- next week is the target date, according to Comstock. She tells NBC, "the goal is for about $5-6 million in donations."
The trust was set up to help Libby pay for "growing legal expenses." Hundreds of people across the country have already made donations, according to Comstock. The gifts are coming in at under $12,000 to avoid tax liability for the donors, she said.
Florida shopping-center magnate, Mel Sembler chairs the trust. Sembler is Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company in St. Petersburg, Fla. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy from 2001 to 2005. He also served as Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000.