Reporter Crowdfunds Alleged Footage of Mayor Smoking Crack

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is denying the reported existence of camera-phone footage showing him partaking in crack cocaine.

How is that video not online yet, you ask? Gawker’s John Cook posted a story describing the video, but refused to pay the sources the $ 200,000 they demanded for the file. Cook — who broke the story Thursday — has turned to crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo to raise the cash for the footage.

Cook’s “Rob Ford Crackstarter” has only raised $ 55 at press time, though three separate Ford-related campaigns have garnered approximately $ 2,500 between them

In a post about the campaign, Cook acknowledges $ 200,000 is “a lot of money,” but says his sources “fear for their safety, and want enough money to pay for a chance to get out of Toronto and set up in a new town.” He goes on to address concerns his sources may not be “reliable” kinds of people, but promises that if the deal falls through, whatever funds are raised will be donated to an unnamed Canadian non-profit that assists people with addiction. Read more…

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