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After Parents Disowned Her, Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K

Jess Guilbeaux is going back to school, thanks to help from strangers who saw her on 'Queer Eye'

(Newser) - When a GoFundMe was set up for Jess Guilbeaux, the goal of $100,000 for the 23-year-old— whose story of being disowned by her adoptive parents after they discovered she was gay appeared on Netflix's third season of Queer Eye—seemed far off. Now that crowdfunding initiative has reached... More »

She Was Disowned for Being Gay. Then the Queer Eye Guys Stepped In

Netflix episode featuring Jess Guilbeaux has proved to be an 'ugly cry' one

(Newser) - Netflix recently started streaming the third season of Queer Eye, and one episode in particular is causing people to "ugly cry." NBC News reports on "Black Girl Magic," the fifth episode, which puts 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux in the spotlight. Guilbeaux, a waitress in Lawrence, Kan., was... More »

Sanders' Fundraising Team Should Be Celebrating

Campaign raised a whopping $5.9M in 24 hours

(Newser) - Front-runner, indeed . Just 24 hours after officially kicking off his campaign for president, Bernie Sanders has lined his pockets with $5.9 million raised from more than 225,000 donors, according to the Vermont senator's campaign. The New York Times reports the tally is "not unexpected" but... More »

Patton Oswalt Got Trolled on Twitter. His Troll Is Now 'Humbled'

Comedian directed fans to donate money to sick man's GoFundMe

(Newser) - A Twitter troll went after Patton Oswalt—and the comedian managed to turn it into one of the most uplifting stories of the week. It started Wednesday, when Oswalt made fun of President Trump on Twitter , which provoked snarky reactions from 64-year-old Michael Beatty, including saying he was happy Oswalt'... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Muslims Quickly Raise Money for Synagogue Victims

The total has surpassed $100K

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, two Muslim nonprofit groups set out to raise $25,000 for victims on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood . They passed that goal within six hours, reports the Times of Israel . In fact, as of Monday morning, the groups CelebrateMercy and MPower... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Trump Has a Gift for House Republicans

The president releases funds from his campaign coffers

(Newser) - House Republican candidates, check your campaign accounts: A nice donation may be headed your way. President Trump himself has let his re-election campaign share funds with 100 GOP candidates in House and Senate races—not a ton, but still thousands per lucky contender, Politico reports. And the Republican National Committee... More »

After Parkland, NRA Donations Poured In

Group's political arm broke 15-year fundraising record in March

(Newser) - The NRA's political arm had its biggest fundraising month in 15 years in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The NRA's Political Victory Fund in March pulled in $2.4 million, all but $500,000 coming in increments of less than $200, reports the... More »

She Made It to College. He Was Determined to Help Her Stay

Teacher helps former student raise funds to stay in school

(Newser) - Kevonna Stevens graduated as valedictorian of her class and became the first of her family to head to college, thanks in part to teacher Jason Boll, who helped her apply. Now Boll is stepping up for Stevens again, in an even bigger way. The 18-year-old told the Pittsburgh teacher in... More »

Dad Devastated by School Lunch Shaming Takes Action

Jeffrey Lew wants to pay off lunch debt for every student in Washington state

(Newser) - Jeffrey Lew never wants a child to be shamed on the school cafeteria line again. That's why the Seattle dad of three has been hard at work fundraising, with one goal in mind: to pay down the school lunch debt of every student in the state of Washington. Today.... More »

A Doctor's Visit, a Shocking Find: She Had No Vagina

Kaylee Moats is fundraising for a surgical remedy for genetic disorder

(Newser) - Us Weekly is reporting on the fundraising efforts of an Arizona woman "raising money so she can have sex," though it's more complex than the headline might imply. That woman is 22-year-old Kaylee Moats, who tells Barcroft TV that when she was 18, her 12-year-old sister... More »

Trump Business Billed Son's Charity for Use of Course

'Forbes': Trump Organization got $1.2M out of children's cancer fundraiser

(Newser) - It's an unusually busy week for President Trump on the political front, but an investigative story by Forbes that casts his family's charity work in a bad light is percolating as well. The upshot of the piece by Dan Alexander is that the Trump Organization made money off... More »

Man Starts GoFundMe Page to Buy $15K Engagement Ring

The internet is apparently having none of it

(Newser) - Beyonce famously said: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it." Few people know that famous line was directed not at a man, but at his friends and family. Or at least that's the lesson William Oliver apparently took away. The 30-year-old... More »

Emmett Till Memorial Sign Marred by 'So Much Hatred'

But fundraiser hits goal to replace Mississippi marker riddled by bullets

(Newser) - A bullet-riddled sign marking the spot where the tortured and mutilated body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River 61 years ago will be replaced thanks to the generosity of donors. An Emmett Till Interpretive Center fundraising challenge surpassed its $15,000 goal Sunday evening, the... More »

Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours

(Newser) - Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love... More »

Trump Campaign's Cash: $1.29M, to Hillary's $42M

Clinton outraised him 9 to 1 in May

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign is so low on cash it wouldn't be considered a high roller at one of his casinos, according to financial disclosures released late Monday. The Trump campaign began June with just $1.29 million in cash, compared to $42 million for Hillary Clinton's well-heeled... More »

Teen Bullied as 'Fat Whale' Now Raising Cash for Whales

'I can take someone's hate and use it to spread love': 16-year-old Dee McMillan

(Newser) - When Dannie "Dee" McMillan first started noticing odd looks and snickers in the hallways of her Texas high school, she wasn't sure what was going on, the New York Daily News reports. But the 16-year-old's friends soon started sending her screenshots of a Twitter page that horrified... More »

'Repel Evil': Muslims Raise $122K for Shooting Victims

In just 5 days, donations for victims' families have poured in

(Newser) - An alliance of Muslim groups has raised $122,000 for the families of victims of the San Bernardino shooting in just five days, and donations are still pouring in. Muslims United for San Bernardino, led by southern California's MiNDS Network, originally planned to raise $50,000 to cover short-term... More »

Legendary Ship Won't Be Scrapped Just Yet

SS United States received more than $100K in donations for temporary reprieve

(Newser) - If you've recently spotted the hashtag #savetheunitedstates , it's not an offshoot of Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign: It's a last-ditch effort to keep the SS United States—once the fastest ocean liner on Earth—afloat instead of becoming scrap metal , the AP reports.... More »

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