On behalf of everyone at Reason, I'm ecstatic to report that we've received more than $200,000 dollars since 12:01 A.M. on Monday! Our total haul so far is north of $300,000, which means that over 1,000 generous souls have busted our graphic representation of expected donations (see right).
Thank you so much for your support, which is essential to publishing Reason magazine, Reason.com, Reason TV, the Reason Podcast, and everything else that we do to make sure a principled libertarian perspective is present and accounted for in all debates over politics, culture, and ideas.
But there's more: We've received another challenge grant, meaning that a generous (and anonymous) donor has pledged to match gifts dollar for dollar for the next $25,000 you send us on this, the last day of Reason 2017 webathon. So please, keep the gifts coming by donating now!
And a special shout-out to the donor who wrote, "I haven't had a paycheck for 16 months, but your stuff is important to me. sorry I can't give more. keep up the amazing work you do!"
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Your donations allow us to do more and reach more people. Over past few months, we've redesigned our award-winning magazine, launched Stossel on Reason videos and debuted the comedy show Mostly Weekly, and produced a three-times-weekly podcast, among other things. And this is all in addition to everything we were already doing: Eleven issues a year of Reason, countless words at our staff blog Hit & Run, and great viral videos by Remy and libertarian editions of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek, and more by the Bragg Brothers, Austin and Meredith.
Your donations are essential not just so we can keep doing what we're doing but expand our efforts to reach more hearts and more minds with our libertarian journalism and analysis. Please end this FINAL DAY of our webathon by taking advantage of our new $25,000 challenge grant. Blow the roof of that mother-flipping R for a second time by donating now! Make it rain Reason orange one way last day!
As you start your Tuesday and settle into work, I leave you with a Christmas gift: The second-most-popular video we've released on YouTube, 2013's holiday classic "The TSA's 12 Banned Items of Christmas," by Justin Monticello.
Check it out and please, if you can, help us be your voice in national debates over politics, culture, and ideas; help us push back on government excesses that limit your right to pursue happiness; and help us paint pictures of a future that will be better for everyone by increasing our ability both to dream of and create a world that is better than the one we have today.