New Gift Offer for Fund Drive

Filmmaker William Brandon Shanley has offered DVDs of his documentary on Campaign 1980 as a premium gift for donors. Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, “The Made for TV Election,” examines the media manipulation that was a key part of that turning point in American history, says Consortiumnews.com editor and founder Robert Parry.

Shanley’s DVD complements another premium gift that we have been offering, a DVD of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was another factor in electing Ronald Reagan.

So, with any donation of $50 or more, you can request a copy of either documentary. For $100, you can get both. And for $125, we will add the two-DVD set of the closed-door congressional debriefing of Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, describing his role in those historic events.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com. (We have a limited number of Shanley’s DVDs. So that will have to be “until supplies last.”)

Your tax-deductible donation also will help us as we work toward our $25,000 goal for our mid-year fund drive. It is a distinctly modest sum, but so far we have brought in only about 10 percent. So, please help if you can. Here are four easy ways:

First option: You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

If you’d prefer, a book instead of a DVD, you can ask for an autographed copy of one of my last three books – Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep as a substitute. Just follow up your donation with an e-mail expressing your choice.

Second: if you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here.

(If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com. If you prefer, we can substitute “The Election Held Hostage” or “The Made for TV Election.” Just ask.)

Third option: if you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the two-book set of Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $19, postage included. For details, click here

Fourth: you can help us close out our warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each.

You can give the books away as gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. (One reader placed an order for her book club, a great idea since each book costs only about $2.)

For details about this bulk book order, click here and scroll down to the $59 offer.

(If we can move just 12 more cartons, we can put the remainder in my basement and save nearly $200 a month on warehouse space.)

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.

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