What the PayPal co-founder planned to do with the news site remains unclear.
The fundraising campaign is a last-ditch effort to revive Gawker.com.
The next news site fighting a union drive likely will try to wield it as a cautionary tale.
Attorney Charles J. Harder helped Hogan and Peter Thiel take down Gawker last year.
When documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger set out to make a film about Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media, he
"I would say that as a public figure, the best defense to speech that you don't like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin," Bezos said. "If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, then don't do anything new or interesting."
For better or worse, Gawker is entitled to the same freedom as any other news outlet. If it crosses the line, as it likely did with wrestler Hulk Hogan, the courts should deal with it. Silicon Valley's power brokers should not get involved because they have access to resources that rival those of governments. They can outspend any other entity and manipulate public opinion.
You probably know that former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video that included a brief snippet of him having sex with a friend's wife. And the fact that you probably know this helps explain why this is an important case and why Hulk Hogan has no claim.