I hold three fundraisers per year, and ever since my last one began (which, as you may recall, got kicked off in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016) there has been much discussion in the mainstream media about how to financially stifle dissident voices, such as by intimidating advertisers into dropping them.
Yet, it must be frustrating for the goodthinkers that I’ve been able to scratch out a living for quite a few years from the generosity of my (more or less) satisfied readers.
So, once again I’m turning to you, in this first of three iSteve fundraisers of 2017.
It’s not just that I need the money, which I do, it’s also that I like the money.
Getting paid for writing is encouraging. It makes me want to write more. Blogging is a self-starting business, which might be one reason why practically nobody else is doing it anymore after all these years. If I’m practically the last blogger standing, it’s due to your support, intellectual, moral, and financial.
I want to thank everybody who helped fund last year’s home improvement project.
As you can see, the blue dome makes a very nice addition to my house. I hope you someday have a chance to admire it (from the other side of the moat, of course).
No, actually my new-fangled garage door (with a motor and a remote control and everything) is a big help. Also, I got the house painted for the first time in this century, which the neighbors greatly appreciate. (Me, I’m on the inside looking out, so … meh).
I want to thank everybody who made generous offers of hospitality a few fundraising drives ago in the summer of 2015 when I mentioned how I wanted to travel more. I really do hope to take you up on them someday. It’s just that Events intervened (starting with Ms. Merkel in the late summer of 2015) and I haven’t done much since then except blog.
I did get to San Diego in 2016, though. (The blue dome picture is me lounging on the U. of San Diego’s lovely campus.)
Here’s the somewhat less attractive U. of California San Diego’s brutalist Geisel Library, designed by William Pereira, the prominent SoCal sci-fi architect who did so much to make modern California look like a Planet of the Apes set, and paid for by the fellow with a drawing board in the foreground and his friend in the hat.
Here are seven ways for you to contribute:
First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual.
Commenter Lot adds:
For paypal, you can currently avoid all fees on both sides of the transfer by (1) selecting the “friends and family” feature (2) using your bank account rather than credit card.
Second: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617-0142
Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here. (Paypal and credit cards accepted, including recurring “subscription” donations.) Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know. Don’t forget to click my name.
Fourth: You can use Bitcoin:
I’m using Coinbase as a sort of Paypal for Bitcoins.
Message to the SPLC intern reading this: The IRS has issued instructions regarding Bitcoins. I’m having Coinbase immediately turn all Bitcoins I receive into U.S. dollars and deposit them in my bank account. At the end of the year, Coinbase will send me a 1099 form for filing my taxes.
So, SPLC intern, tell Heidi she’s out of luck again. And ask her how long until you get paid, what with Morris having piled up a $303 million endowment.
Payments are not tax deductible.
Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
Fifth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay. Just tell WF SurePay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Sixth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Here’s the Google Wallet FAQ.
From it: “You will need to have (or sign up for) Google Wallet to send or receive money. If you have ever purchased anything on Google Play, then you most likely already have a Google Wallet. If you do not yet have a Google Wallet, don’t worry, the process is simple: go to wallet.google.com and follow the steps.” You probably already have a Google ID and password, which Google Wallet uses, so signing up Wallet is pretty painless.
You can put money into your Google Wallet Balance from your bank account and send it with no service fee.
Or you can send money via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover) with the industry-standard 2.9% fee. (You don’t need to put money into your Google Wallet Balance to do this.)
Google Wallet works from both a website and a smartphone
app (Android and iPhone — the Google Wallet app is currently available only in the U.S., but the Google Wallet website can be used in 160 countries).
Whichever you choose …. Thanks!
Commenter Lot adds:
Google Wallet works with any bank that has a debit card. Perhaps called a cheque card in the UK.