Dalton McGuinty’s former deputy chief of staff is using a crowdsourcing website to try to raise $100,000 for her legal defence.
Laura Miller is facing charges in connection with the destruction of government documents along with former chief of staff David Livingston.
The 2 were charged last month with breach of trust and mischief over the deletion of emails related to the Liberal government’s move to cancel two gas plants, at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.
Police alleged in court documents that Livingston and Miller spent $10,000 to hire Miller’s partner, Peter Faist, a computer expert who was given a special password by Livingston to wipe clean at least 20 hard drives in the premier’s office.
Both Miller and Livingston have denied the charges.
Former deputy Ontario premier Dwight Duncan is among those who have contributed to Miller’s defence fund on fundrazr.com, donating $500.
Miller says the fundraising effort was created after friends and family offered to contribute to her legal defence, and was never intended to be a public campaign.
The fund has raised $18,445 as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.