Politician pays £14,268 to charity after retweet pledge takes off
At least one politician seems to be smarting after a retweet pledge stuck her with a sizable donation to charity.
Fiona Mactaggart, Labour Member of Parliament for Slough in Berkshire, England, pledged to give £1 to charity for every retweet she received in 35 minutes. She was left with a bill of £14,268 ($21,551).
For what it's worth, the RT figure is now higher, even if it means Mactaggart won't donate any more of her cash.
"It was spur of the moment. I had planned to give all day but doing it that way was spur of the moment," she told Agence France-Presse. "When I was a teacher, before I was an MP, I taught for the whole day dressed up as a chicken, and got sponsored for Red Nose Day."
Red Nose Day is a biennial telethon in aid of Comic Relief, a charity that aids poor and vulnerable people around the world. This year's event has generated over £75 million thus far.
Mactaggart's sizable donation certainly helped, and being the daughter of a late, multi-millionaire property developer means she isn't in debt.
"I don't think many politicians can afford to do what I did," Mactaggart, who is not currently planning any other Twitter pledges, told AFP.
She said the retweet campaign was worth the trouble because it led to other users donating. Perhaps a little more satisfying than dressing as a chicken, then.
Photo via @fionamacmp/Twitter