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Democrats Raised More Than $13,000 To Reopen A Firebombed Republican Office

"This is not how Americans resolve their differences."

Last updated on October 17, 2016, at 8:48 a.m. ET

Posted on October 16, 2016, at 11:03 p.m. ET

A Republican Party office in North Carolina was firebombed and vandalized on Saturday, and police are investigating who is responsible.

The incident was condemned across the political aisle, from presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to local officials — and a group of academics.

Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina's School of Information Science first tweeted about Democrats helping the GOP office, and David Weinberger of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Technology later launched a campaign on GoFundMe.

"Zeynep's idea of having Democrats contribute to reopening a Republican

office that was a victim of political terrorism — no matter who was responsible — struck a chord with me, and apparently with lots of other people," Weinberger told BuzzFeed News.

Within 40 minutes, the online campaign had passed its $10,000 goal, and it was later closed out with a total of $13,117.

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"As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible," Weinberger wrote on the fund's page.

"Until an investigation is undertaken, we cannot know who did this or why. No matter the result, this is not how Americans resolve their differences. We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs."

The campaign recorded 552 donations before it closed, many between $5 and $25.


"The funding campaign was a way of saying out loud that we are all in this democracy together, and that we stand together against those who would destroy it through violence and intimidation," Weinberger said.

GOAL MET! It took less than 40 non-partisan mins to raise $10,000 to re-open firebombed Repub office. A thirst for civility & democracy!

On Twitter, people said they were donating to support democracy and stand against voter intimidation.

Donate. Even if we don't agree on politics everyone has the right to support their candidate without fear of violen…

I'm voting for @HillaryClinton and still donating to help rebuild this. It was a disgusting and violent act.

Let's show the @NCGOP we stand with them. Donate any amount you can: 'Dems help reopen a NC Repub office'

Proud to be a Democrat @NCDemParty Let's all get together and donate for the @NCGOP to get their offices re-opened!…

Others on the left said this wasn't the time to put down their political differences.

And they’ve already met the $10K goal. Cool, a new place for the GOP to hand out leaflets saying transgenders should be jailed

I'll donate to @NCGOP if they promise my donation won't be used to keep trans people out of bathrooms and black people out of voting booths.

Everyone can do what they think is right. I know the violence the local GOP has inflicted on black people like mine.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.