Jul 18, 2013
By Michael Kramer
U.S. based Gawker.com has ended its quest to buy the alleged video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently smoking crack cocaine.
The website is making good on its promise to donate the $200,000 to charity.
The money will be shared between four different Ontario-based charities.
Six weeks ago, John Cook, the editor of Gawker, announced the site had successfully raised the money through its “crackstarter” campaign.
Cook said if he wasn’t able to obtain the video, the money would be donated to a Canadian charity.
Cook says the charities receiving the money are : the Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke, the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Unison Health and Community Services and the Ontario Regional Addictions Partnership Committee.
The total take from the campaign was $201,199, but between the fees from Indiegogo, which hosted the campaign and PayPal, which processed the payments, the remaining total was $184,782.61.
The money will be shared equally, with each charity receiving $46,195.65.