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Cards Against Humanity makes a political donation

Cards Against Humanity, the wildly popular, self-proclaimed "party game for horrible people," is getting into philanthropy. It gave $250,000 to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase transparency in politics.

The game company's donation came from the proceeds from its holiday campaign, "10 days or whatever of Kwanzaa" in which 250,000 people who were willing to pay $15, received ten "mystery gifts" from Cards Against Humanity during the month of December.

On the ninth day (spoiler alert for those on day 8 or earlier of their 10 days of Kwanzaa or whatever), subscribers get a store receipt-like list of all the donors to the senior senator from their state, culled by Cards Against Humanity from the Sunlight Foundation's databases. Some recipients observed that the lists were long enough to be used as tree decorations.

For fun, Cards Against Humanity made up its own lengthy list of "what kind of valuable bribes could we buy with $250,0000, or one dollar from each from its holiday gift subscribers." Here are some of the highlights:

  • Five percent of James Watson's Nobel Prize for "science enthusiast" Sen. Brandon Smith (R-KY)--for saying, "I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that." Cards Against the Humanity adds a "Fun Fact: That the average temperature on Mars is about -81 degrees Fahrenheit. The average temperature on Earth is 57 degrees Fahrenheit."
  • A private island for Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), who said, "My fear is that the whole island [of Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." The fun fact here suggests a remote island off Maine can be had for as little as $200,000.
  • AOL subscription CDs--1,250,000, to be exact--for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for saying, "Net neutrality is Obamacare for the internet."

The Sunlight Foundation said it was thrilled to receive the donation.

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