When Gawker’s Crackstarter reached its goal of $200,000 Monday afternoon, a handful of Canadians could plausibly claim to have been instrumental in getting it there.
Donations to the crowdfunding campaign had slowed to a mere trickle after Gawker editor John Cook revealed he was no longer in touch with the men selling the alleged video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, and the entire project suddenly looked in peril.
In Toronto, one man watched in dismay as the Crackstarter meter seemed to stall with tens of thousands of dollars left to go. He describes himself as a long-time opponent of the Toronto mayor’s policies and the possibility of seeing such a video published was tantalizing.
“The campaign was kind of grinding to a halt and it looked like we weren’t going to make our target,” he said over the phone, identifying himself only as Bob. “I thought it was crucial the video tape was procured to see if it’s true or not.”
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