US blogging website Gawker.com is crowdfunding to raise enough money to purchase a video which allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.
The “Rob Ford Crackstarter” has been launched on Indiegogo.com with the aim of raising the $200,000 demanded by the owner of the video for its release. Gawker plans to publish the video online and is currently $40,000 shy of the target.
Indiegogo is one of a number of crowdfunding platforms (the biggest of which being Kickstarter.com) that help users raise money for endeavours such as films, music and video games. This is the first instance of a crowdfunding campaign to expose alleged misdeeds of a politician.
Gawker Editor Tim Cook and two reporters from the Toronto Star claim to have seen the video. Cook says it clearly shows a red-faced and sweaty Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine through a glass bong.
However, Cook has not been able to contact the owner of the video in the last few days. He believes he is hiding underground until the campaign hits the $200,000 mark.
In the disappointing scenario that Gawker never manages to get a hold of the footage, it has promised to donate the $200,000 to a Canadian non-profit that addresses abuse issues.
Image source: Indiegogo.com