Crowdfunding

Bail app Appolition wants to be acquired

Appolition's Kortney Ziegler (l) and Tiffany Mikell (r). Photo: Diane Poindexter for Appolition
Appolition's Kortney Ziegler (L) and Tiffany Mikell (R). Photo: Diane Poindexter for Appolition

Appolition, an app to help crowdsource bail for those who can't afford it, is looking for someone to acquire the product, according to co-founder Kortney Ziegler.

Why it matters: Many people are stuck in jail pending trials because they can't afford cash bail or a bail bond. Appolition and others are trying to blend technology and crowdsourcing to help address the issue.

Over 1,500 GoFundMe campaigns have been launched by federal workers

Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza last week in Chicago, Illinois.
Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza last week in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Federal workers struggling financially during the government shutdown have launched more than 1,500 crowdfunding campaigns seeking to pay for rent, mortgages, medical expenses and food, GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy told CNN on Thursday. 

Details: Cichy told CNN that the campaigns have altogether raised more than $300,000 so far. Many of the campaigns were launched in early January when it became clear workers may begin to miss paychecks.