Ted Cruz is running for president and Texas Tribune is running a crowdfunding campaign

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival 2014. Credit: Denise Flores.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival 2014. Credit: Denise Flores.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced plans to run for president of the United States Monday. A day ahead of the announcement, The Texas Tribune announced plans for a new podcast to provide regular coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

It isn’t the first time The Texas Tribune has announced a crowdfunding campaign amidst trending political news.

In September 2013, amidst a live stream of a filibuster to fight strict new anti-abortion laws by then State Rep. and now Democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis, Texas Tribune launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund coverage of the 2014 gubernatorial election.

The campaign would raise more than $65,000 and become one of the most funded projects in the Journalism category in Kickstarter history.

The “Listen Up” podcast project will seek $30,000 in a 90-day campaign and will include audio from some of the news website’s other local events.

Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry is also exploring a run for president, though no official announcement has been made.

This is the nonprofit’s third crowdfunding campaign on Beacon in less than a year.

To fund the “Undrinkable” project, an investigation into the lack of clean water in disadvantaged border communities, last month Texas Tribune held its first week-long campaign.

Last October Texas Tribune launched “The Shale Life” project, a look into the impact of oil and energy operations on the lives of ordinary people in and near the industry.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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