With the continued outrage of Snowden’s detainment, it begs the question, who’s funding his legal expenses in such a controversial battle? The answer – people like you. Vancouver-based crowdfunding platform, FundRazr, has been used as a tool for many political and social crowdfunding campaigns, most notably that of Edward Snowden. With $125K raised for his campaign, and many more campaigns being created, including campaigns opposing the Enbridge pipeline, fighting the Robocall scandal, and supporting Pussy Riot, crowdfunding might just be the future of funding in politics.
Crowdfunding, particularly for political and social campaigns, can be a great way to unite and rally supporters to share important messages over social media. By combining a viral message with an opportunity to donate seamlessly online, these campaigns have experienced great success. In the last year alone, FundRazr has hosted a variety of these campaigns, raising a total of over $750K.
Successful Political Campaigns
Wikileaks Staff & Julian Assange Defense Fund
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been detained without charge for over 1,250 days now. Supporters are rallying to free Assange, and to end the violation of his human rights. They have launched a new website and are heavily promoting the FundRazr crowfunding campaign that has already raised over £20K so far. This campaign is the second one they have hosted, having raised over £233K in their previous campaign.
Another political story, that of Edward Snowden, has been very active with crowdfunding campaigns as well. The initial campaign raised over nearly $125K, and supported his legal defense fees. The organization hosting the campaign, Courage, has now rolled out two new campaigns in support of Snowden. Firstly, Courage has a campaign raising money for their new non-profit organization designed to help whistleblowers with legal battles. This has already raised over $9.5K in only 15 days. The other campaign is similar, but is raising money directly for Edward Snowden.
The Council of Canadians
The Council Of Canadians ran a campaign last year to help 8 individuals fight against the Robocall scandal from the last federal election. The campaign managed to raise $501K.
The Council of Canadians also has a second campaign raising money to fight the FIPA free trade deal between Canada & China. This campaign is still active and has raised over $16K since its launch.
Bob Ages is the treasurer for the Council Of Canadians, and he’s been running a campaign for over 3 months ($22K raised) to help protest efforts against the Northern Gateway pipeline. With the recent approval of the pipeline, other campaigns are certain to materialize in the coming weeks.
Similar to the cause of Bob Ages, R.A.V.E.N. Trust created a campaign the same day Northern Gateway pipeline was given the green light by the federal government. The campaign title is “Help First Nations Fight Enbridge in the Courts”, and has raised nearly $6K already. This campaign is looking to raise $100K and has picked up a lot of social media coverage already.
Originally started by Alexander Goldfarb, and later passed to The Voice Project, this campaign was to support Pussy Riot members that had been sentenced to two years in a Russian labor camp for performing a song that was critical of President Putin. The campaign raised over $5K, but was extremely popular over social media as news of their imprisonment outraged many different communities.
New Brunswick Abortion Clinic
The latest of our politically charged campaigns is raising money for an abortion clinic in New Brunswick. The Reproductive Justice New Brunswick (RJNB) raised over $100K in their first week of the campaign. The mission of this campaign is to save the only abortion clinic available for residents in the Maritimes, and oppose recent political reforms.
The aforementioned campaigns are a few of many that FundRazr has hosted that spread social messages across the Internet to rally support. FundRazr has positioned itself as an ideal social and political platform by allowing any type of any campaign, by hosting keep it all campaigns with low fees, and by giving access to crowdfunding in over 20 countries in the world. Similarly, FundRazr offers easy set up, superior customer service, and live-coaching which can all be attributed to helping FundRazr emerge as a leader in these campaigns.