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With a Trump presidency looming, The Young Turks raise over $500,000

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The Young Turks team is gearing up for the Trump administration.

The progressive online news program announced Wednesday that it has raised more than $500,000 to help fund four new investigative journalist teams. Their end goal is to raise $2 million.

With the funding, The Young Turks were able to bring on Sirius XM’sNomiki Konstas an investigative reporter and the New York Daily News‘Shaun Kingas a news correspondent.

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, made the announcement on his news show (above) Wednesday.

The Culver City-based news organization has amassed 2.4 million subscribers since it started livestreaming on YouTube in 2005. The program recently celebrated 4 billion views.

King, who will continue to write for the New York Daily News as its senior justice writer, will serve as a news commentator.

Konst is a progressive activist, writer and host of “The Filter,” a three-hour nightly show broadcast nationally on SiriusXM Progress. She is also a Political Contributor to CBS News, acontributing columnist to The Hill, and has a bi-weekly guest spot on The Kelly File.

The Young Turks first launched a fundraising campaign through Act Blue earlier this month.

This is not the first time TYT has been successful in fundraising.

In 2014, the network amassed more than $400,000 from supporters on Indiegogo, which went toward building a new studio.

“Today were so much more than a show. We truly are a network, with more than five billion views, we serve more people online every day than some of the highest rated shows on FOX, MSNBC and CNN,” Uygur wrote in the fundraising blog post. “But its not enough. For the sake of our country and our democracy, its not enough … So here is our dream one that I know you have shared with us all along: We want to build TYT into a full-fledged competitor to the mainstream newsmedia. Were actually just a few steps away from it but they are pretty big steps. This is going to be a big lift and we need all of you to come along with us.”

“We want to build TYT into a full-fledged competitor to the mainstream newsmedia”

The hope is to have four teams each made up by a single reporter but surrounded by editors, producers and camera people dedicated to delivering “more of the brazenly anti-establishment stories its viewers have come to expect.”

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/28/the-young-turks-investigative-reporting-team-fundraising/

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