#FUNDtheSUIT : Fundraiser closing at $278k! But the fight goes on…
The speed with which the #FUNDtheSUIT campaign has surpassed its goal has simply astonished me.
I am so proud to see how many companies, stores, state associations and individuals came through to keep the lawsuit going.
With that said, since we have exceeded our $250,000 goal, it's time to call the GoFundMe portion to a close. There are sooo many people to thank for their hard work on this — my team here at VAPE News for all of their efforts, Fig Ramsey for more than I can put into words, Grimm Green, The Vaping Bogan, R2BSF, Huy Nguyen and Naked 100, Innokin, Drip More and so many others. I sincerely apologize if I've forgotten to list anyone.
I know many stores and companies are still running promotions for this, and there is still a place for your help. Moving forward, this fight continues. As we said in the beginning, the goal was a conservative estimate. In addition, there are other active cases as we speak. The more of these in which the industry can intervene the better.
For anyone who still wishes to contribute to the lawsuit effort, we at VAPE News ask that you visit the Right to be Smoke Free Coalition website and donate directly by clicking here.
Again, we want to thank everyone who gave — from the smallest donation to the largest, YOUR contribution counts and WILL make a difference.
Editor in Chief
VAPE News Magazine / VAPEnews.com
May 29, 2018 Update
At just a few hours past the one week mark, the #FUNDtheSUIT campaign hit it’s goal of $250,000.
It crossed the line with a mid-evening $62,000 donation from Candy King/Drip More who asked to “pay whatever was left.” Today’s donations alone total in excess of $103,000.
Three donations: Candy King, Naked 100 and Innokin Technology — Sevia USA totaled a combined $132,000, or 53% of the total needed.
Thanks to the outstanding generosity of the industry, it’s businesses, and even its consumers, we hit the goal in a small fraction of the time we expected to need. Knowing that many business were running promotions for the fundraiser, we will be keeping it active for the near future.
In short, we are amazed.
The sole purpose of #FUNDtheSUIT is to ensure that the pending lawsuit in defense of vapor products (Nicopure and Right to be Smoke Free vs FDA) will be able to continue through. Thanks to nearly 1,000 individuals, shop owners and manufacturers, that will be able to happen.
For more information on the lawsuit and it’s current status, click here.
Below, I would like to acknowledge many of those who have made substantial donations to #FUNDtheSUIT . Donations come in all sizes (900 of them so far), and every single dollar is appreciated. Whether you donate $50,000 or $5, this suit is not possible with YOU.
Soon we can get back to why we’re really here…to save lives.
Eds. Note: This list and page will be updated throughout and after the campaign.
$62,000 Candy King / Drip More
$50,000 Naked 100 (Huy Nguyen)
$20,000 Innokin Technology — SEVIA USA
$5,250 Demand Vape
$5,000 Vapetasia (Manny & Chris)
$5,000 Ray Yang
$3,000 Kevin Lacey (Pinnacle)
$3,000 John Nathan (80V, Cassadaga, Beantown Vapor)
$3,000 Shijin Vapor
$2,500 Mountain Oak Vapors (Steve Nair)
$2,500 Kentucky Smoke Free (Keith Hadley)
$2,000 Sean Hanson
$2,000 Marco Altamore
$1,545 The vApe Team
$1,500 Vapergate (Yosh & James)
$1,500 Smax E-Liquid
$1,500 Jeremy Dollar
$1,000 Derb E Cigs (Troy Leblanc)
$1,000 Tennessee Smoke Free Association (Nicole Crumley)
$1,000 Mr. Salt-E
$1,000 Georgia Smoke Free Association
$1,000 Jeremy Petrocelli
$1,000 Gayle Kraft
$1,000 FL8VORS Family
$1,000 Vape Militia Cypress
$1,000 Vape Militia Katy
$1,000 Kilo E-Liquid
$1,000 Desert Vapors
$1,000 Nakomah Hanson
$1,000 Fig Ramsey
$1,000 Broadside Mods
$1,000 Shaune Walter
$1,000 Andy Dossani
$1,000 Cyclops Vapor
$1,000 DMO Vapes
$1,000 William Amato
$1,000 Prohibition Juice Co.
$1,000 Todd Wages
$1,000 Rocky Top Vapor
$1,000 Tailored Vapors (Patrick & Michael)
$800 Mike Vapes (HitThatJuice.com)
$500 Michael Bracken
$500 Christopher Kennedy
$500 Justin Kicklighter
$500 Nick “Grimm” Green
$500 Robert South
$500 Ohio Vapor Trade Association (Eric)
$500 Budget Vapors
$500 Duneland Eliquid LLC
$500 Nikole Maloy
$500 Kingdom Vapor Wholesale
$500 PJ Bros E-Liquid
$500 Monika Vondruska
$500 Timothy Stark
$500 James Slater
$500 Ultra Vapor Bar
$500 River City Vape Company
$500 William Dunn
$500 Amy Williams
$500 Erin McCullough
$500 Nerd E-Juice (Garrett Kilcrease)
$500 Michael Wittenberg
$500 Ritual Craft Vapor/Ritual Vapor Distribution
$500 Ryan Wagner
$500 Calhoun Vapor (New Orleans)
$500 Nice Guy Vapors
$500 Monica Vondruska
$500 Juiceguys Distribution
$500 Ian Devine
$500 Eric Van Riper (Vapor Image)
#FUNDtheSUIT to Fight the FDA Deeming Regulations
We all know “the suit” — Nicopure and Right to be Smoke-Free vs. FDA. It’s one of many facets of the ongoing war to save vaping. But right now, it’s a struggle, and one of our lasts hopes.
After an ugly, but not totally unexpected, decision in favor of FDA in July 2017 at the district court level, the plaintiffs have moved the case on to the appellate court. You can read about the appeal here. Without a substantial win at this level, the case could move on to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is where the difficulty arises. Federal lawsuits are not cheap. Federal lawsuits against government entities get even more expensive. And right now, the money is drying up.
The outstanding bill for this suit is rising by the day as the fight continues.
In order to pay for the hard work done so far, and to see the appeal all the way through – possibly to the Supreme Court – will conservatively cost $250,000 in legal fees, time, filings, preparations and a variety of other items.
We, as an industry, cannot afford to let this lawsuit slip through the cracks.
So today we come to you asking for help.
We at VAPE News Magazine/VAPENews.com have partnered with Grimm Green and others to organize this grassroots-style fundraiser to help keep this moving forward.
We are asking the businesses in this industry – manufacturers, distributors and retailers –to step up to the plate. This is YOUR industry that is on the line, and we need YOU to take the lead funding this lawsuit.
With that said, this is not your average fundraiser. ALL funds donated are being routed directly to one issue — the Right To Be Smoke Free litigation fund, with the exception of a 3% and .30-cent per transaction GoFundMe fee. THERE ARE NO MIDDLEMEN. ALL money collected will be used to fund the lawsuit.
What you give goes DIRECTLY to ensuring that the lawsuit can continue.
MANUFACTURERS: First, donate! This lawsuit will directly impact you and your ability to continue to do business. We have included in the linked graphics folders are leaflets, and other items that could be included in your outgoing orders. Any way possible you can help is greatly appreciated. Again, in the end it comes down to dollars and no donation is too small.
SHOPOWNERS: Please contribute! We need vape shop owners around the country to unite! We are also working with Saffire Vapor to create a comprehensive package that can be used to promote the suit in your store. Any way you can give and help spread the word is appreciated.
CONSUMERS: We simply ask that you share this link with the larger companies that you patronize. Please share it on their social media accounts, by email, or even a quick call. Also, consider sharing with the shops you do business with and ask them to forward to their suppliers. Of course, if you would like to donate as well, we sincerely thank you for any amount you can give!
Please share this EVERYWHERE — and OFTEN. If you can give (no matter the amount), we sincerely thank you.
Linked here is a Google Drive folder containing images of ALL sizes relating to this fundraiser. Use in any way you see fit. We need them placed on websites, social media feeds, emails, posters, banners, rotating on televisions in your stores. Click here to download.
Thank you in advance for your time and donations. Let’s fight. And let’s WIN this thing.
Help us #FUNDtheSUIT.
Editor in Chief
VAPE News Magazine/VAPENews.com
* DISCLAIMER: Contributions to the lawsuit are not tax deductible.
- John Karb Steel Vapor
- Jason Great Falls Vapor
- David King
Fundraising team: VAPENews.com (3)
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