Want to be living the dream in New York (or one of the outer borough) but don’t exactly have the cash flow? Mom and dad cut you off after three years of post-grad life in Bushwick? Maybe you’re just not making enough as a freelance Jazzercise instructor to keep your place in Bed-Stuy, and unfortunately, Kickstarter doesn’t consider stuff like “paying rent” as a creative endeavor.
Luckily, GoFundMe.com is more than willing to let you solicit cash from your friends for your lifestyle needs.
Halloween didn’t happen in New York last year. If you’ll recall, all the ghouls and goblins were held captive indoors after Hurricane Sandy surged through the city, sadly having nowhere to vomit and embarrass themselves in public.
And because Halloween didn’t happen, New York City’s crazy, fantastical Village Halloween Parade didn’t happen either. Read More
The city’s Campaign Finance Board has ruled to deny more than $3.5 million in public matching funds to City Comptroller John Liu, putting his election prospects into serious turmoil.
Citing evidence of “serious and pervasive” potential violations across the campaign’s fund-raising, the board voted unanimously this morning to deny the funds at its headquarters in Lower Manhattan, where dozens of supporters gathered earlier this morning to support Mr. Liu and urge the agency to give his mayoral campaign the cash.
The teeming waters of the Gowanus Canal have never been more alive–and not just with deadly, deadly bacteria.
On June 15, the super-polluted Gowanus Canal will be hosting the Gowanus Challenge, a 2.5-mile boat race that aims to raise funds and, hopefully, awareness. Gowanus Dredgers Club treasurer Owen Foote told The Observer that the Read More
Mahlered by Telemarketers
The phone rings at 9 a.m. The number looks familiar, but I answer before I can place it. It’s them again. What do they want? Money. Membership. Support. Fund-raising. The phone rings several days later. It’s a different number. I answer before I remember not to. My brain is fuzzy; I haven’t had coffee yet.
“Hi, Kara, this is the New York Philharmonic,” the voice on the phone says.
“I’m not interested,” I say, trying to get off the phone as quickly as possible, feeling, once again, like a total heel.
I don’t not want to support them; I just don’t actually want to.
Probably not, seeing as the Vogue editor in chief was just announced as being the fourth-biggest fund-raiser for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in a document released to The New York Times. But this was due in no small part to the $40,000-dollar-a-plate dinner she held over at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house back in June: that event raised approximately $2,000,000 on that night alone.
Now the president and first lady of hip-hop want to give the editrix a run for her money.
Occupy the Hamptons
On Sunday, with temperatures hovering around 85 degrees, the Occupy Wall Street movement headed Out East to protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s $50,000 a plate dinner at the Southampton home of billionaire David Koch— one of three local fundraisers expected to raise a cumulative $3 million over the weekend.
Shouting “Election for sale” and “For $50,000, you could be a Koch whore too,” the crowd of approximately 150 people assembled with signs and music behind a banner reading “Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem,” the event’s unofficial slogan. A similar banner was flown above the nearby beach, towed behind a MoveOn-commissioned plane. That organization also brought its Romney Mobile, complete with fake dog strapped to the roof and company logos such as UBS and Bain Capital Ventures on the side.
More than an anti-Romney protest, the focus was on Koch and the influence of wealth on the electoral system. Signs read “Romney is All Koched Up” and “End Corporate Personhood” while a balloon was scrawled with “Romney = Koch Sucker” (the protestors apparently wanting it both ways, pun-wise, when it came to Mr. Koch’s surname).
SHEKELS AND THE CITY
You wouldn’t think, but not all mail-merge, en masse, preformed emails are alike. Which is why journalism nonprofit ProPublica created their a wonderful little feature—right now, in beta—called the Message Machine, which crowd-sources communications like emails from campaigns, collects them, and notes the small differences. The one they’re working on now is about Sarah Jessica Parker fundraising for Barack Obama in New York City.
It’s pretty interesting to watch—and note—the way most people got emails that left out the emphatic praise of Sarah Jessica Parker from emails other recipients received.
LEAVE ANNA ALONE!
Today must have been an interesting day for Vogue editor Anna Wintour: She’s come under fire not just in the pages of the New York Post, but on Fox News as well. And what did Ms. Wintour do to so enrage such esteemed gatekeepers of the integrity of Western Civilization?
City Comptroller John Liu really had no choice. Faced with serious questions about his campaign fund-raising, Mr. Liu backtracked from his position that an inquiry could be handled in-house. Instead, under mounting public criticism, Mr. Liu asked former State Attorney General Robert Abrams to conduct an independent audit of his campaign’s books.
Good move. And good choice. Mr. Abrams, who served as A.G. from 1979 to 1993, has an impeccable reputation and would seem to have no ax to grind.
What remains uncertain, however, is whether Mr. Abrams will have the resources—in terms of a budget and personnel—to conduct a thorough investigation of Mr. Liu’s tangled campaign finances.