Gawker Crowdfunding to Buy Mayor Crack Tape

'Crackstarter' campaign aims to raise $200K to make video public
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 6:33 PM CDT
Gawker Crowdfunding to Buy Mayor Crack Tape
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at City Hall in Toronto amid allegations of crack cocaine use.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Forget checkbook journalism—welcome to the era of PayPal journalism. Gawker has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $200,000 so it can buy the video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. "They will give us the video. We will publish the video. You will watch the video," the site pledges. The "Crackstarter" campaign has already raised over $30,000 since launching earlier today. If the deal doesn't go down, or the owners sell the video to someone else, Gawker says it will donate the money to a Canadian non-profit that helps people suffering from addiction. (Read more Gawker stories.)

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