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We know it has been an aggravating couple of weeks for our readers. Hitting you up for cold hard cash is a task that makes most of us at CounterPunch squirm. Unfortunately, in order to bring you the best material, seven days a week, including a print magazine, podcast and so much more, we need money to keep the ship afloat. As of this writing we are nearing the halfway mark of our fund goal. So we are making progress, but have a good ways to go! If we don’t reach our goal we will have to cut back on the amount of material you get for free every single day. Could you imagine surviving this election season without the sanity our writers provide on a daily basis?

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If you are reading this then you know just how important CounterPunch is in a world where corporate media dominates and even alternative media often remains passive and sclerotic (see the genuflect to the Clintons this election season) — shying away from controversy and complex issues. We know you love CounterPunch because we never cower under fire, and we refuse to sell out to anyone. That’s a rare thing nowadays and one of the reasons CounterPunch is so vital. There is a reason why we are the largest lefty outlet in the English language, worldwide.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel ensures our social media game is on point, sharing our articles far and wide across the web, growing our readership with every click. For our many readers who are looking for a forum to comment on or critique CounterPunch articles, the Facebook page is the place where you can enter the ring and box it out.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive emails thanking us for making CounterPunch a special and unique space for cultural and political discourse. I used to be on the outside looking in as a long-time CounterPunch contributor. I really had no idea the amount of work that went into making sure CounterPunch thrived, but I can assure you, maintaining a website with as much traffic and material as CounterPunch produces is a serious, pricey undertaking. Two million unique readers a month gobbles up a lot of bandwidth, and our server hosts don’t give it away for free.

Sure, we could use our immense popularity to sell advertisements to pay our bills, but we prefer to keep our site a corporate-free zone, only promoting the books we publish and the ones we enjoy reading. We’d very much like to keep it that way, and we can with your continued support.

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Joshua Frank
CounterPunch Managing Editor

JOSHUA FRANK is managing editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book, co-authored with Jeffrey St. Clair, is Big Heat: Earth on the Brink. He can be reached at joshua@counterpunch.org. You can troll him on Twitter @joshua__frank.

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