Thanks! Met Our Second Target Quickly, On to Our Third!

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 312 donors have already invested in our efforts to shed light on the dark and seamy corners of finance. Join us and participate via our Tip Jar or another credit card portal, WePay in the right column, or read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and other ways to donate, such as by check, as well as our current goal, on our kickoff post.

Thanks to your speedy and generous responses, we’ve met our first target, which was an increased budget for hosting and IT support. Sadly, we’ve been undergoing persistent spambot attacks from China, and it’s been an ongoing struggle to keep performance levels good, the site up, and not impose intrusive features in the comments section to achieve that. And we also need to solve our Google hell problem (although diligent investigation by our designer/WP maven Kristen has found a possible fix, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that by the weekend, things will be back to closer to normal). So this is an absolutely essential items that your contributions support.

We blew through our second target, that of funds for travel expenses and site support so yours truly and other regular writers can attend and speak at more conferences. We announced that early last evening and we met it as of this AM.

We are a bit over $1000 towards our goal of $15,500 for our guest bloggers. As regular readers may know, over the years, we’ve been improving the caliber of writers who contribute to this site. We like to send writers who’ve contributed regularly like Lambert, Dave Dayen, Nathan Tankus, and Philip Pilkington an honorarium out of the fundraiser. This year, because some of our past regulars have had other commitments this year (Richard Smith, for instance, has been very involved in making decisions relative to the care of his mother-in-law, who had lung cancer and then suffered a heart attack, so he has not been as much of a presence as he used to be at NC) the load has fallen on fewer people than before. This year, Lambert has done a backbreaking amount of work, between his considerable help in getting our e-book launched (as a typographer, he was particularly sensitive to the design issues), helping out on our ongoing IT horrorshows (he may tell you about that later this week) and in his yeoman’s work in kicking the tires on Obamacare before it was rolled out of the showroom. So I hope you’ll continue to be generous, since there is absolutely no way I could have kept the site going without their considerable help.

Please give them a really generous “thank you” for all their diligent and valuable efforts!

There are multiple ways to give. The first are here on the blog, the “Donate” and “Subscribe” buttons in the upper right, both of which take you to PayPal or the button lower in the right column which will take you to WePay (for all of them, the charge will be in the name of Aurora Advisors).

Thanks again!

You can also send a check (or multiple post dated checks, if you want to spread out payments) in the name of Aurora Advisors Incorporated to

Aurora Advisors Incorporated
903 Park Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10075

Please also send an e-mail to yves@nakedcapitalism.com with the headline “Check is in the mail” (and just the $ en route in the message) so we can count your contribution in the total number of donations.

Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/11/relaunching-the-nc-2012-fundraiser.html#LU2owUuIi7Sm4JZ9.99

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