From Editor Robert Parry: A family foundation has agreed to make a $10,000 “challenge grant” to Consortiumnews, meaning that we need to raise that much from other supporters in the next week. If you can help, the value of your donation will be doubled.
We are proposing six options for reaching this challenge:
First, you can make a regular donation to our tax-exempt non-profit by credit card online at the Web site or by mailing a check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew @ aol.com”)
Second, if you sign up for a monthly recurring donation at the online credit card page, we will compute the annual value of the contribution (i.e. multiply it by 12) for use in the “challenge grant.”
Third, you can buy one of my last four books through the Consortiumnews’ Web site – or my latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, through Amazon.com, either in paper or the e-book version. We’ll count the full purchase price toward the challenge goal.
Fourth, for only $34, you can get the trilogy that traces the history of the two Bush presidencies and their impact on the world. The three books – Secrecy & Privilege, Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry) and America’s Stolen Narrative – would normally cost more than $70.
To get the books for less than half price – and help us meet this challenge – just go to Consortiumnews.com’s “Donate” button and make a $34 “donation” using Visa, Mastercard or Discover. We will read a “donation” of that amount as an order for the trilogy and count the full amount toward the challenge.
If your mailing address is the same as your credit card billing address, we will ship the books to that address. If your mailing address is different, just send us an e-mail at email@example.com and we will make the adjustment. For U.S. orders, we will pay for the shipping. (For non-U.S. orders, add $20 to defray the extra cost.)
You can also take advantage of this special offer by mailing a check for $34 to The Media Consortium; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use our Paypal account, “consortnew @ aol.com.” Just make sure you include your mailing address in the message.
Five, for only $74, you can get a full box (28 books) of either Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep or a box of half and half. To take advantage of this full-box offer (a $642 value), just follow the same rules as ordering the three-book set, except you must send us an e-mail specifying which book you want, or the half-and-half offer. (For the same price, you also can get a full box — 22 books — of the hard-cover version of Neck Deep.)
We also will pay for the postage for U.S. orders. (Because of the prohibitive costs of international mail, this full-box offer is only possible for the United States.) This also will help us reduce storage costs.
Six, we can now accept donations of stock or other equities, which I’m told can offer a tax advantage to donors if the stock has appreciated in value since it was purchased. (Our 18-year-old journalism project is recognized by the IRS as a 501-c-3 non-profit, meaning that contributions may be tax-deductible.)
If this stock-donation option appeals to you, I suggest you discuss it with your broker and then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions on how to transfer the stock. Or you can write to us at Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201.
Again, thanks for your support and for making our 18 years of honest journalism possible.
Robert Parry is a longtime investigative reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.