We have less than two hours to go with our fundraiser. We were at 1104 donors officially tallied as of 11 PM EST. The donations I can track from my end spiked in the last two hours, with 44 more of you chipping in. James B, who is processing non-PayPal credit card donations, is behind (!) and estimates he has 25 more than he told me about as of his last update (6:30 PM). So we are somewhere between 1170 and 1175 donors, within striking distance of our final goal of 1200 donors.
I’m thrilled at the response. As much as I enjoy all the donations and the kind notes some of you have sent (either via e-mail or on the blog), I also get gratification when people I know personally chip in. Some of them have provided generous support before, such as Steve Waldman, who was enormously helpful on Chapter 2 of ECONNED (although I must confess the fact that he could write SUCH long critiques of what I wrote was a bit disheartening at the time), Scott Saunders (who did our book trailer and now looks pretty prescient). Other donors I recognize include Tanya Harned (we spent the better part of the month, “we” including Tom Adams, Andrew Dittmer, and former codebreaker Thomas Ross) tearing apart AIG statutory financials and our hair (we concluded there might be a pony but it would take more manpower than we had), Kathleen Cully (former general counsel of a monoline; we’ve disagreed on the New York trust theory as regards mortgage securitizations, so it is particularly sporting for her to contribute), Michael Hirsh of the National Journal, and Michael Thomas (of the one time New York Observer Midas Watch column).
So, last chance. Be one of the 27 or so we need to push this effort over the top. Join us and participate via our Tip Jar, another credit card portal or by check (see here for details). Yes, PayPal and Chrome do NOT get along right now (a techie reader sent a fix, but that won’t be implemented tonight). If you use Chrome, try another browser for the Tip Jar, or use the portal, or send a check (be sure to send us a message, “Check is in the mail” so we can count your donation in the fundraiser total).
If you can give a little, give a little. If you can give more, give more. If you can give a lot, give a lot. You are investing in being part of the solution.