UPDATE 2/23/18: WE'RE FULLY FUNDED! That means we're making candles no matter what. But if you're just finding this Kickstarter now, don't worry you can still order candles! We'll continue to collect orders until the end of the Kickstarter, so become a backer today! Not only that but now that we're post-goal, instead of giving 10% of profits to charity, we're giving 20%. And, if we hit our stretch goal that 20% becomes 30%. OK, on to the rest of the campaign:
Since Trump was inaugurated a year ago, we've sued, we've protested, we've run for office, we've hit the polls, we've done everything possible to get him out of office. And yet, here we are a year later. So it's time to appeal to a higher power with Pee Tape and Robert Mueller III Prayer Candles.
Let's get thousands of prayers going in the hope that the rumored Trump pee tape, uh, leaks out.
Let's have thousands of points of light of protection so that special counsel Robert Mueller III (Bobby Three Sticks to his friends) will continue to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russia.
Prayer may not be the answer but, hell, at this point it can't hurt. Plus, they look nice.
I found the leading manufacturer of prayer candles in the United States and am working with them to make these candles for you.
Both candles are 8" tall and 2.25" in diameter--the traditional size--and the glass is temperature-resistant and nice and thick. The images aren't a sticker or shrink wrap but instead high-quality silkscreen straight onto the glass.
The pee tape candle is yellow wax (I'm sorry) with black ink while the Mueller candle is black wax with yellow ink so they work together as a matched set or stand-alone as striking objects.
I know that prayer isn't enough on its own, so a percentage of the profits of these candles will go toward organizations taking the Trump Administration to court to stop their destructive actions.
Right now, we'll be setting aside 10% of all profits to help take Trump to court. When we meet our funding goal of $24,000, which will get us to the minimum candle order we can make, we'll start stretching toward higher percentages to get more money into organizations' coffers (see "Stretch Goal" below!).
Added 2/15: We're opening up a $5 tier for people who've wanted to support the project but don't have a place for candles in their lives (I get it, they exist)! $5 supporters will get a pair of pee-tape and Mueller themed stickers. Those are them, right there, in the "sticker set" image.
Because all our backers are awesome, EVERY CANDLE ORDER WILL ALSO GET A STICKER SET.
Added 2/15: When we hit our funding goal, these prayer candles will be the second-highest grossing candle in Kickstarter history. But what if we could be the NUMBER ONE CANDLE IN KICKSTARTER HISTORY.
So that's our stretch goal! If we hit $32,000 (about $50 bucks more than the current #1) we become the NUMBER ONE CANDLE EVER ON KICKSTARTER.
To commemorate that, I'll issue everyone, including our $5 backers, a special commemorative "#1 candle" foam finger-style sticker.
But, more importantly: For every dollar after our $24,000 goal, the percentage we'll give to organizations will DOUBLE to 20% and, if we can hit that $32k stretch, that 20% will turn into 30%. Look, it's a lot of math for a candle but basically: the further we go past the goal, the more money we can give away.
I know this is a HUGE stretch, but if we can dream it we can do it. Or something!
Hi, I’m Dan Sinker. I have been working in and around politics and creative resistance for more than 20 years. I was the founder of the radical culture magazine Punk Planet; I am the co-host of the politics podcast Says Who; I was the author of the @MayorEmanuel twitter feed (and the book that followed); and in my day job I work with journalists and technologists.
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Risks and challenges
I mean the biggest "risk" here is that either the pee tape drops or the Mueller investigation wraps and honestly if either happens and the Kickstarter fails as a result OK, I'll take it.
Beyond that, I'm new to candle manufacturing but I've made plenty of other things over the years. I understand the pitfalls involved in working with a factory, shipping physical objects, and all the other ups and downs that come with making stuff.
Sometimes these projects can take longer than expected, but I've already gotten final production proofs, so we're ready to start manufacturing at quantity once we have a final number to send to the factory.
From there, moving candles around the world is difficult, which is why I'm working with Blackbox for fulfillment and customer service. I don't forsee any major delays and me and the team at Blackbox should have your stuff to you quickly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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