FrackNation - Crowdfunding to Fight Censorship at UNC Goes Viral, Reaches Goal in 2 Hours

Los Angeles, CA—A crowdfunding campaign by journalists Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinney to fight UNC censorship went viral this morning, surpassing its fundraising goal in two hours.

“It's so humbling and amazing,“ said Ann McElhinney, director of FrackNation. "It's great to see that the American public appreciates diversity of opinion even if universities don't."

Pavlich and McElhinney, who were invited to speak at UNC by the College Republicans, turned to Indiegogo after the club's funds were blocked.

The UNC Student Congress slashed the College Republicans' budget, claiming Pavlich and McElhinney were "non-intellectual" and had "no value" for the campus. 

"I am always amazed by the generosity of the American people," said Katie Pavlich, New York Times best selling author. "Today they sent a clear message not just to UNC, but to the entire university system: censorship and discrimination are unacceptable."

Pavlich and McElhinney will present joint talks this fall that celebrate intellectual diversity and freedom of speech.

The crowdfunding campaign runs for 10 more days.


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Katie Pavlich is the news editor for and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She is the award winning author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. As a Fox News contributor, Katie has filled in as a guest co-host on the widely popular show The Five. Katie is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism and is a former National Review Washington Fellow. She is a regular speaker on college campuses across the country.

Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist who has written for a series of newspapers including the UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. She infiltrated a baby buying ring in Indonesia. As a result, two people are serving lengthy prison sentences for their parts in an illegal adoption. Ann produced and directed three feature-length documentaries with her husband, Phelim McAleer: FrackNation (2012), Not Evil Just Wrong (2009), and Mine Your Own Business (2006). Ann is an accomplished speaker who has given talks on college campuses all over the US.