5 Kickstarters That Raised More Money Than Donald Trump Did Last Month, Ranked | Gradient

5 Kickstarters that raised more money than Donald Trump did last month, ranked.


Yesterday, news spread about the astonishingly weak amount of donor support Donald Trump received, based on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission filing. The amount Trump reported, just $3.1 million raised and only $1.3 million in the bank, is just plainly embarrassing. Slate picked up on an interesting comparison: The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter, which raised a comparatively gaudy $5.7 million. That got us thinking: What other homebrewed treasures have crowdsourced more than Trump campaign last month.

A caveat: This comparison is limited to funds raised during the entire Kickstarter campaign, versus the 31 days of May reported in Trump’s FEC file. It’s not a one-to-one comparison. It’s not science. It’s a power ranking.

So you know, chill, we’re just here to make jokes.

5. Shenmue 3


Shenmue was a Dreamcast game no one (in North America) bought. Some nerds say it was ahead of its time, paving the way for games with persistent worlds like Grand Theft Auto III and Fable. Others (being 11-year-old me) thought that maybe a major crux of your gameplay shouldn’t revolve around getting your chores done. But hey! Clearly there was an audience of people eager to simulate working a low-wage part-time job in residential Hong Kong. $6.3 million later, and Shenmue 3 is on its way!

Meanwhile, Trump promises to get your low earning jobs back from China. Take that, Ryu Hayabusa!


4. These Pebble smart watches things…


Okay, so it won’t sync with your Fitbit, but the Pebble smartwatch can track your Uber, update you on the weather, and oh yeah, tell time! An accurate timepiece — more reliable than the Trump campaign! The two Pebble Kickstarters raised a combined $30 million dollars. Their second fundraiser raised $1 million in less than an hour, which again, is basically the Trump campaign savings account.




(This made the ranking because the name rolls off the tongue. OUYA. Ooohyeaahhh.)

The OUYA runs on Android, and lets you play Android mobile games on your TV so you can finally Fruit Ninja on your 4K screen. Of course, you can no longer purchase OUYA from OUYA because the OUYA was discontinued in 2015. Still beat Trump’s month of May by nearly five million.

Oh, yeah.

2. Exploding Kittens


Created by popular internet comic creator Matthew Inman, his card game, Exploding Kittens raised $8.7 million dollars. Somehow, Cats That Blow Up: The Game! has far more momentum than President Threatening To Blow Up Your Homeland: The Existential Reality!.

1. Mystery Science Theatre 3000


Created by comedian Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 stared Hodgson as a janitor hopelessly lost and trapped in space and forced to watch awful movies with robots. So you, the viewer, watched Hodgson and his robot friends while they watched really, astoundingly bad movies. Still with me? If not, what you need to know is that this series was the epitome of “cult classic.”

MST3K‘s passionate fan base pledged to Make Bad Movies Great Again to the tune of $5.7 million in support. Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange) and Nerdist podcast host Jonah Ray are onboard to host 14 new episodes. Hopefully, they can get the show ready in time for the new Independence Day, but it’s cool because the old Independence Day will do just fine for any iteration of MST3K.

If Dinesh D’Souza drops a fire Donald Trump documentary (in the spirit of his first attempt at prophecy: 2016: Obama’s America), I hope they MST3K it, smashing through the fourth wall to remind viewers that the little alt-comedians could crowdfund more money than the Trump campaign.

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