Controversial anti-politics documentary to be made

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As politicians face scrutiny from one another in the local elections, they’re about to face it even more from a performance protester on YouTube, provided enough money is raised on crowdfunding website, Sponsume.

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Mark's campaign illustrates the ability of crowdfunding to capture the zeitgeist - the spirit of the time.

As politicians face scrutiny from one another in the local elections, they’re about to face it even more from a performance protester on YouTube.

Mark McGowan is a British street and performance artist, often known as Chunky Mark, but for this project names himself The Artist Taxi Driver.

McGowan, a taxi-driver by day, is currently raising money through crowdfunding website Sponsume to complete his documentary entitled “This is Not a Recession it’s a Robbery!” where he takes to the road in his taxi interviewing people “suffering from the ideological destruction of the welfare system.”

The campaign has already received well over 5000 shares on Facebook, and even more on Twitter, including a retweet from controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.

According to the project page, McGowan will be interviewing “people who have suffered at the hands of the likes of Atos along with bankers, economists, MPs, judges, lawyers and royals.”

This comes as new figures show that the government’s economic policies are losing popularity – particularly with the current Conservative government losing control of 10 councils in last week’s local elections.

Founder of Sponsume.com, Gregory Vincent said of the project: "Mark's campaign illustrates the ability of crowdfunding to capture the zeitgeist - the spirit of the time - and obtain from like-minded individuals and groups the necessary resources to act upon it."

The campaign has raised 50% of its £10,050 goal with a deadline of 28th May 2013. To find out more or to back to the project, visit http://www.sponsume.com/project/not-recession-its-robbery.

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