An online fundraiser for Reality Winner has netted more than $36,000

An online fundraising drive set up for alleged National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner has hauled in more than $36,000 - with comedian Rosie O'Donnell chipping in $1,000.

The Go Fund Me account was launched Monday, the day details of her arrest were announced. Winner, 25, who had been living in Augusta, was arrested Saturday and is being held in the Lincoln County jail, about 40 miles northwest of Augusta, the AJC's Jeremy Redmon reported.

Donors are hailing Winner as a patriot and hero.

"We really need to set up a YUGE Go Fund Me account to battle the trumps as they terrorize our first amendment," Lori Themel wrote.

MORE: Reality Winner is a mystery to many in her hometown 

Reality Winner's high school graduation photo ran in the Kingsville Record and Bishop News in 2010.

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Jennifer Brett
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