From Editor Robert Parry: As we reach our 16th birthday as the Internet’s oldest investigative news Web site, we hope to put Consortiumnews.com on a more solid financial footing – so we can keep providing you with the high-quality independent journalism you have come to expect. To do that, we need your help.
We are setting our end-of-year fundraising goal at $45,000, trying to raise $45K in 45 days.
We are also offering a new premium gift, The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news articles by the late Gary Webb, with an afterword that I wrote describing Webb’s persecution at the hands of the major U.S. news media. We are offering The Killing Game as a gift for donations of $100 or more.
Or, for donations of $75 or more, you can get as a premium gift an autographed copy of any one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep.
For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan in the pivotal 1980 election.
Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at email@example.com — if you want one of the premium gifts. (We are a 501-c-3 non-profit, so your donation may be tax-deductible.) Here are four easy ways to contribute:
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 “firstname.lastname@example.org”).
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 email@example.com.)
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 three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, 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. For details about this bulk book order, click here.
You also may have noted that we have followed the advice of some readers who wanted us to supplement our fundraising with paid ads. However, the additional income is likely to cover only about one-tenth of our expenses. So your donations and book purchases will remain our principal source of funding.
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.