This Silicon Valley startup helped a Philly guy win an election on Tuesday - Philly


Apr. 28, 2016 11:38 am

This Silicon Valley startup helped a Philly guy win an election on Tuesday

It was just one of the many upsets on primary day.

Chris Rabb (center) used a crowdfunding platform called Crowdpac to garner support and beat an incumbent in the primary on Tuesday.

(Photo via Facebook)

On an election day that’s being hailed as historic for its upsets, a Silicon Valley crowdfunding startup called Crowdpac helped a candidate for the Pennsylvania House beat an incumbent.

From Philly Mag:

Temple adjunct professor Chris Rabb, the state House candidate who defeated the Northwest Coalition’s Tonyelle Cook-Artis, was originally recruited to run on Crowdpac. After being tapped, Rabb asked his friends on Facebook for support, and got pledges of financial support from more than 100 people. Afterward, Rabb decided to officially announce his candidacy.

Check out Rabb’s Crowdpac page. He raised $8,510 through Crowdpac, while incumbent Cook-Artis didn’t raise anything through the site.

You may remember Crowdpac as the startup that was eyeing U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s seat in Congress. Fattah lost the primary to State Rep. Dwight Evans.

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