Crowdpac UK Shuts

Crowdpac, the Steve Hilton backed start-up to crowd fund political campaigns, is shutting down its UK arm today. Having raised only £600,000 since 2014 through the Crowdpac platform, it was losing money. Originally it was non-partisan and the intention was to bring some transparency to political funding.

It switched in 2016 to being a left-wing fundraising platform for Trump-hating Remainers. That might have worked but the management were pretty clueless about marketing and the whole vibe just came over as very US corporate in comparison to Momentum. The crowdfunding sector is very profitable when it works, Crowdpac just never achieved the necessary critical mass…

Crowdfund Legal Challenge to Keep Worboys in Prison

Two victims of John Worboys are launching a judicial review of the decision to release him – their last hope to keep the black cab rapist behind bars and be told on what grounds the Parole Board believe him to safe to the public. Judicial reviews are expensive, the victims’ legal bid is being crowdfunded as they try to raise the cash to get it to court. Guido cannot think of a better cause – you can donate here

“Hipster Beggar” Caitlin Moran’s Crowdfunding Bid Fails

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Caitlin Moran has alas failed to crowdfund the £320,000 needed to film her sitcom after it was cancelled by Channel 4. As readers will remember, Caitlin had not wanted to explain why she was asking members of the public to stump up the cash when her companies hold hundreds of thousands in assets. Despite having £248,000 in the bank, on Sunday she sent the begging bowl round again hoping to raise the rest of the money in the last 4 hours the campaign was live. Her pleas went unanswered. Will she now risk her some of own money?

Caitlin Moran’s “Hipster Begging” Forgets to Mention Her Massive Bank Balance

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Writer Caitlin Moran has got out the begging bowl, asking her fans to crowdfund the £320,000 needed to create a new episode of her sitcom. She says:

“the more people support the campaign, spread the word and fund us, the bigger the chances we have of continuing to make the show. We’ve got the scripts right here! We know what happens next! All we need is your help to get them onto the screen. But if we don’t hit that £320,000 – IT’S ALL OVER. We won’t take your pledged amount of moolah and Raised By Wolves will be dead by Christmas Eve.”

What Caitlin ain’t telling her generous benefactors is that she could surely stump up the cash herself. Moran owns a company called Casa Bevron Ltd, which has just one other director, her husband Peter Paphides. According to its latest company accounts, Casa Bevron has has £247,996 in the bank and half a million in assets.

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Not to mention royalties from her New York Times bestseller. In the words of her campaign video: “I know crowdfunding, It’s like hipster begging right?Caitlin is doing a Facebook live broadcast at 3pm where she’ll have the chance to explain why she needs your money…

Neck an Ouzo, Save a Greek

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A 29 year old Londoner is trying to raise a bailout fund for Greece on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

Kind hearted well wishers are receiving Greek delicacies in exchange for donating to the fund. Grecian treats include:

  • Pledge €3 and get a postcard of the Greek Prime Minister sent from Greece.
  • Pledge €6 and get a Greek feta cheese and olive salad delivered fresh to your door.
  • Pledge €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo.
  • Pledge €25 and get a wine bottle filled with delicious Greek wine

€51,329 have been raised by 3,234 people in one day. A mere €1,599,948,671 to go…

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