FINAL UPDATE: Rob Ford Crackstarter Goal Reached, Gawker Editor Speaks

It’s at (refreshes screen) $198,440 . Looks like some addictions non-profit is going to be $200,000 richer! Follow along at home here.

UPDATE: 1:48 p.m.: $198,642!

UPDATE 1:56 p.m.: Goaaaaal! And there it is, $200,246.

FINAL UPDATE: The closing tally is $251,254. Gawker editor John Cook posts about it:

The Crackstarter is now closed to further donations. We pulled in a total of $201,254 from 8,388 people. I haven’t contacted Indiegogo, the service that hosted the campaign, yet to investigate precisely when we get the money, in what format, etc. (As I write this, the Indiegogo web site is not cooperating with my attempts to get that info.) I do know that Indiegogo and PayPal extract certain fees before turning the proceeds over to us; we will post an update announcing the total amount that has been released to us as soon as we get it.

As for the purchase: We are working on it. As we noted before the campaign concluded, we lost contact with the people who have custody of the video. I updated the Indiegogo campaign site yesterday morning to reiterate that there had been no movement on that front, and am repeating it here right now. You won’t hear anything more from us about our attempts to get the video for some time. This will be a very delicate transaction. If the people who are in possession of the video are reading this: Please get in touch with our mutual friend, or with me at We did what you asked.

Full thing here. And there’s more here. I like how Ford’s head has ignited in the graphic.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

12 thoughts on “FINAL UPDATE: Rob Ford Crackstarter Goal Reached, Gawker Editor Speaks”

  1. So’s Gawker gonna be PayPal’ing $200K over the border? Gawd, some stupid legal dispute will probably derail this transfer of funds.

    $200,000 US is actually $206,740 CDN right now so methinks they are already there.

  2. So we know about this, right?

    UPDATE– MAY 27, 2013, 9:46 AM EASTERN EDT: We have had no further contact with the people we believe to have custody of this video since the last update.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLEASE GO HERE AND READ BEFORE YOU CONSIDER DONATING. Our confidence that we can consummate this transaction has diminished.

  3. I’m rooting for the money to go to an addictions non-profit! I don’t need to see the video.

  4. Ford already bought the video and/or had the Somali’s whacked. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  5. I’d like to see both a guarantee that the money is going where promised, and confirmation that it arrived.

  6. Well, whatever you would like to see is rather moot given that they now have the cash. So now the question is whether it will lead to what the contributors want to see.

  7. Dear PLG: something is either moot or it is not, rather like “perfect” or “pregnant”.

  8. Who wouldn’t step up for their $200K? I guess either 1. dead people, or. 2. ppl who’ve already been paid off. I agree with aNON, eSQ.

  9. If the video shows up will some of the money be spent on the hospital and funerals of those who don’t pay their dope dealers

  10. Brian – Maybe some will be put towards a fund to help families who lost their homes due to the sub-prime capita’lost mortgage swindle.

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