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Site Raises $150K for Founder of Neo-Nazi Site

To help Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin in suit filed by Tanya Gersh for 'campaign of terror'

(Newser) - Crowdfunded donations to Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, have reached $150,000 to help pay for his legal defense in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Per the Los Angeles Times , it took under two months to raise the money on the... More »

Wikipedia Founder Has 'Radical' Solution to Fight Fake News

Jimmy Wales' Wikitribune combines pro journalists with community volunteers

(Newser) - "The news is broken and we can fix it." That's the lofty promise of Wikitribune , a new "living, breathing tool" launched by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that he hopes will combat "fake news" by teaming ace journalists with citizen volunteers. "I'm not sure... More »

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful... More »

With Huge Backlog, Texas Bill Wants to Crowdfund Rape Kit Testing

Donations collected at the DMV would fund DNA testing

(Newser) - With thousands of rape kits languishing untested in Texas, one state lawmaker devised a clever solution: crowdfunding. Rep. Victoria Neave came up with the idea after learning that many rape investigations were going nowhere because there was no money to analyze evidence collected from victims, NPR reports. The Dallas Democrat... More »

Cards Against Humanity Creator Rails Against Congress

But his plan, and others', to strike back over web privacy may fall flat—at least for now

(Newser) - Congress has decided Americans' web browsing history isn't private , so Americans are now trying to turn the tables on Congress. Per the Washington Post , hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised via various crowdfunding efforts—including more than $73,000 by Supernatural star Misha Collins and more than... More »

Hot Crowdfunding Product: 'Lego' Tape

Meet Nimuno Loops

(Newser) - The latest hit of the crowdfunding world: a "Lego-compatible tape." Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape covered in Lego-like bumps; according to its Indiegogo campaign , it works with not only Lego blocks but Mega Bloks, Kreo, and other building systems. It comes in rolls, so it can be... More »

Entrepreneur Earns $350K With Kickstarter Knockoffs

Patents, however, may end his joy ride

(Newser) - Crowdfunding has an Achilles heel, and a 24-year-old entrepreneur has made $350,000 exploiting it in a matter of weeks. The young man, whom CNBC is calling "Jack," has identified wildly successful campaigns on sites like Kickstarter and pounced on manufacturing bottlenecks, working with manufacturers in China to... More »

Fire Destroyed a Mosque. 20K People Chip in to Rebuild

$970K raised on GoFundMe for Texas' Islamic Center of Victoria

(Newser) - An online fund established to raise money to rebuild a South Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend has far exceeded its $850,000 goal. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Islamic Center of Victoria indicated Tuesday that about $970,000 has been raised in just... More »

Kal Penn Turns Racist Tweet Into Massive Fundraiser

More than $500K as of early Monday

(Newser) - Kal Penn has just turned lemons into lemonade—some pretty darn valuable lemonade. On Saturday the actor tweeted what looked to be an Instagram comment that read in part "you don't belong in this country you f---ing joke." Penn wrote, "To the dude who said I... More »

Why People Spent $450K on a Ring That Doesn't Seem to Exist

Indiegogo campaign is shut down, with no BioRing in sight

(Newser) - A ring that seemed too good to be true is apparently too good to exist at all. So reports Vocativ in an exposé about a product that may have never been in the works—and the marketing teams and fundraisers who were seemingly duped by a shiny gadget. The object... More »

Sexy, Tiny, 'Mighty' Device First of Its Kind on Kickstarter

Dame's Fin is crowdfunding site's first official vibrator—and it was completely funded in 2 days

(Newser) - "Crowdfunded vibrator" is a term absolutely no one would have predicted 20 years ago—and yet here we are, 2016. The Dame Fin is that vibrator, the first sex toy ever to premiere on Kickstarter , and it surpassed its $50,000 funding goal in its first two days, the... 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 »

Strangers Raise $250K for Grieving Popsicle Vendor, 89

'There will be no need for me to work'

(Newser) - A week ago, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his paleta cart again, thanks to a kind stranger. Joel Cervantes Macias says he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart in the Little Village neighborhood on Thursday. It turns out... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

Kickstarter Digs Deep Into Case of Doomed Drone

Was Europe's largest Kickstarter ever a scam?

(Newser) - It had all the makings of fraud, or at least some level of incompetence: a Kickstarter product that raised a ton of cash, didn't ship on time to backers, didn't work properly, and sent the manufacturer into bankruptcy. Not only that—it was the largest project out of... More »

Get Zzz's Anywhere With This Inflatable Hoodie

Seriously, you can doze off just about anywhere with this Kickstarter product

(Newser) - Coming up with an invention that will appeal to the masses is the goal of every creator worth his or her salt, and the folks behind the Hypnos Hoodie think they've done just that. "This is a product that a lot of people need in their daily lives,... More »

Down-on-His-Luck Busboy Finds $3K, Turns It In

Johnny Duckworth says he never even considered keeping the money

(Newser) - A Colorado busboy who's low on cash and dealing with medical issues didn't let his own woes stop him from doing the right thing. Johnny Duckworth found $3,000 Tuesday in an envelope that had fallen behind a booth at Randy's Southside Diner in Grand Junction, the... More »

Syrian Refugee Whose Story Went Viral Moves to US

'The Scientist' is hoping to restart his life in Troy, Michigan

(Newser) - A Syrian refugee whose moving story went viral earlier this month starts his new life in Troy, Michigan, on Thursday, NBC News reports. The refugee—who wants to keep his real name out of the media to protect family members still in Syria—is known as "The Scientist" on... More »

Have a Seat, Chris Hansen's Back on the Predator Beat

Ex-NBC host's Kickstarter campaign let him film first set of busts in Connecticut

(Newser) - For four days earlier this month, a temporary tenant took up residence in Fairfield, Conn., someone who probably would have been familiar to many of the locals if he weren't holed up in a house with police, waiting for potential sex offenders. It was Chris Hansen, ex-host of NBC'... More »

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