So, there's apparently a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The owners of said video have agreed to sell it to Gawker for $200,000. In the name of science, Gawker asks that you donate some money to contribute to the cause.
How Does This Work, Exactly? We're using Indiegogo. We've set a target of $200,000, to be reached within 10 days. If we reach the target, we get the money. If we don't reach the target, you get your money back. If we do reach the target, we will pay the money to the people who have the video. They will give us the video. We will publish the video. You will watch the video.
What If This Whole Thing Goes South? We are mindful that people who hang out with and surreptitiously record crack-smoking mayors may not always be reliable. The people we've been dealing with have so far honored every commitment they've made. And they have pledged to sell it to us for $200,000 if this Crackstarter works. But if they disappear, or sell it elsewhere, we will donate every penny we receive to a Canadian non-profit that helps people suffering from addiction and its consequences.
As of 2:30 p.m. on Friday, the campaign had raised just short of $4,000. They have 11 days to reach their goal. You can go here to donate. [Gawker]