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The Potato Salad Kickstarter Lost Almost $30,000 In Donations Overnight

The potato project dropped from $70,000 to $44,000. But it wasn't individual donors backing out en masse from the controversial fundraiser — Kickstarter says they cancelled three large donations that couldn't be verified.

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The change in project received mixed reactions from his backers. Backlash to the photo led to speculation on Twitter and elsewhere that there was a mass exodus of potato salad patrons, explaining the dramatic drop in donations.

But it wasn't fed up funders staging a mass protest...a representative from Kickstarter told BuzzFeed that the drop in pledges were due to the cancellation of only three large donations that didn't meet their verification review.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Zack laid out his thoughts on the recent funding plunge and the criticism he's gotten about the change in his potato salad priorities:

"I don't think that is a prevailing feeling. I DO believe that I made a few mistakes attempting to promote this city that I am so passionate about. I should have specified that I'm not getting anything in return for promoting various Columbus small businesses, I just love them so much I can't stop talking about them. My goal is to make the biggest impact I can in my community and around the world. This may have started out as a little fun with potato salad, but it's something different now. It's an opportunity to make the world a better place. Those opportunities don't come around every day."

Contact Andrew Ziegler at andrew.ziegler@buzzfeed.com.

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