Today, The Center for Investigative Reporting learned that an independently created GoFundMe campaign – promoting a legal fund to protect whistleblowers who leak information about Donald Trump – names our organization as a potential beneficiary of any unused funds.
As a nonpartisan investigative journalism organization, we understand the importance of assuring legal protections for whistleblowers. Throughout our 40-year history, we often have relied on courageous testimony and evidence provided by individuals who – at great personal risk – have come forward to help address injustice.
However, CIR does not and would not conduct any investigation in a partisan manner.
We therefore want to make it clear that we had no hand in this campaign and will not be accepting any funds from it.