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There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now

Rival campaigns raising funds in support and opposition of a proposed SF homeless shelter
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2019 9:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It's not every day that the GoFundMe team donates to a GoFundMe campaign—and that's just one unusual element of a battle playing out on the platform. It started with a campaign called "Safe Embarcadero for All"—one that is seeking to raise $100,000 to put toward legal costs related to fighting a proposed homeless shelter in the Embarcadero, which the Guardian describes as one of San Francisco's "most desirable neighborhoods." It has brought in $62,000 so far and spurred the creation of a rival campaign, "SAFER Embarcadero for ALL," in support of the shelter. That's the campaign GoFundMe itself contributed $5,000 to; it's up to $34,000. More on the story:

  • As of this writing, there are 141 donors to the anti-shelter campaign, many of them anonymous. One unnamed person gave $10,000, reports the Guardian, which adds that other contributors include "hedge fund managers, executives, and authors."

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