Trump Sunlight Campaign
This country needs that person to come forward and ensure that we all know the truth that is out there.
Recent developments have lead many to believe that video footage of Donald Trump exists which proves that the person we have all come to know over the past year is not the person that he truly is - footage that reinforces what we have all just recently begun to see more clearly.
There are risks to releasing this footage, including a potential $5 million dollar lawsuit, other legal fees or adverse professional implications.
This campaign hopes to raise the funds to pay those pentalites and reward the whistleblower responsible with whatever remains to assist them as they move forward in their career.
Please help us out and our committee will ensure that at least one barrier to this evidence being presented to the American people is removed.
Sunlight afterall, is said to be the best disinfectant.
We are a group of old friends and colleagues who are fed up with what is going on. If someone comes forward, we will ensure that all donated funds go directly to mitigating any legal costs associated with their whistleblowing.
Any unused funds (or if no one comes forward) will be donated to a reputable organization that supports freedom of the press and journalistic integrity.
It has been a difficult year for many of us.
A few days after the election last year the Sunlight team was struggling to identify how we could best use your donated funds to increase the level of transparency into what we knew would be a difficult presidential administration. Our team held dozens of meetings and phone calls with journalists, think tanks, academics, activists and others in search of this most appropriate path forward.
At one point during our search, I was put in touch with the longtime investigative journalist, Wayne Barrett, a longtime journalist and author of an investigative book on Donald Trump.
I told him that a group of friends and I had raised money through a viral online campaign, and we wanted to use it to support investigative journalists over the years to come. Within just a few minutes of the start of our first conversation, Wayne quickly convinced me through the few questions that he asked that one, I had no idea what I was doing, and two that I should start doing the things he was telling me to do before I did anything else.
Sitting in a coffee shop in Detroit while visiting family for Thanksgiving, Wayne gave me a few assignments from his home in New York - specific people to talk to, specific questions to answer before I started thinking about anything else. Wayne told me to get to work and to check back with him when I had the questions answered. He said he had a couple different ideas on a path forward. I jotted down a list of a half dozen to dos and hung up.
I called the friend who connected me to Wayne and said we had connected and that he seemed like exactly the kind of person who could help. He instantly understood what I we were trying to do, had quickly come up with more than one idea that felt like it could honor our donors wishes and more importantly, was giving me actionable steps I could take that helped me feel like I was making progress toward something. At that point, my friend mentioned an article that the New Yorker had just written about Wayne just a couple weeks prior.
After reading the article, I quickly realized how fortunate I was to have been put in touch with Wayne, and how he had probably made an entire career being the right person to talk to.
A bit later I got back to Wayne with answers to his questions and we had another quick phone conversation. I could tell that he was not overly impressed with what I had given him and he gave me a few more assignments. It felt like I was not exactly living up to his standards. He gave me another few assignments another deadline and sent me on my way. Wayne reiterated that he had thought about how we should proceed over the long run and had a few plans we should discuss during our next call.
Less than a month later Wayne passed away and our communications stopped.
In the months that followed I tried to continue pulling on the threads that which Wayne had handed me. I worked with Private Investigators, spoke to dozens of journalists, met with journalism professors and directors of national non-profits. The first mission was always still The Apprentice tapes, trying to get someone to step forward, to blow the whistle or to find another way to get them into the light of day.
Months passed, dozens of e-mails and calls from individuals claiming they had the tapes came and went though our inboxes. Follow up calls with reporters who had written the articles that gave us the visibility we needed to raise our funds asked: "what have you found?" "what are you doing and who are you working with?" "do you think the tapes are real?"
I reconnected with the person who had put me in touch with Wayne initially, a very old friend of his. I had no plan, but needed someone else to talk to - someone who knew what they were doing who could possibly give some guidance. I told him the story of my conversations with Wayne. "That sounds exactly like him" was the reply I got. I was told that one of Wayne's signature moves was having multiple interns at any given time running around town chasing down assignments that Wayne had doled out. Frequently demanding more from them. I felt incredibly honored that I was in even the smallest way associated with that group.
I mentioned that it would be wonderful to use the funds as a prize to be awarded to any journalist that published an article in 2017 demonstrating the greatest work toward driving more transparency into the executive branch. "A Journalism X-Prize" I had called it. And I wanted to name it after Wayne.
I was told that The Nation Institute, through its Investigative Fund was in the process of developing a Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund with the expressed goal of:
… support(ing) ambitious reporting projects focused on Wayne’s major areas of interest: politics and corruption in both New York City and on the national stage. Journalists working on projects that build on Wayne’s previous reporting are particularly encouraged.
Following a number of conversations with folks from the Nation Institute and others who worked alongside Wayne and were involved in this effort, the Sunlight team decided that making a donation to this fund, inspired by Wayne's lifelong career as an investigative journalist and drive to increase transparency throughout public leadership, was our best chance to fulfill the goals of our campaign.
The Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund will enable talented journalists working in print, digital or broadcast platforms to produce deeply reported investigative projects with strong editorial guidance and support. Awards for each investigative project will be $5,000 to $15,000, covering travel, document fees, and compensation for reporting time, as needed.
The SunlightCampaign will make a $25K donation to the Nation Institute in the ensuing days, some additional funds will also be used to reimburse expenses associated with our previous investigative work and others will go toward fees associated with the gofundme platform. Through our participation with the Investigative fund going forward, your voices will continue to be heard as these donations support journalists working every day to drive more transparency into our public discourse.
The Sunlight Campaign will go on, our primary goal has been and always will be trying to ensure that anyone who comes forward and releases any tapes from The Apprentice will have an ally. We will continue to accept donations and will continue to search for a potential whistle blower and broadcast that our organization can serve as a safe harbor for them should they be the target of any type of legal retribution.
Thank you again for all of your support and for continuing to fight every day for what you believe in. Please pass along information about the Wayne Barrett Fund and encourage any journalist you know to pursue an application if they believe these funds could help support their work.
Thank you again,
As a quick addendum to last weeks update we wanted to include a bit more detail related to the major spending categories we are anticipating over the next year:
1) Approximately 51% of all donated funds will be given to ProPublica;
2) Approximately 24% will be used to incentivize individual journalists through various means, all in support of our core mission;
3) Approximately 24% will be used to support ongoing operations related to the campaign's primary initiative.
Thank you all again, please RSVP for tomorrow's discussion to talk through all of these plans.
Thank you all again-
Thank you for your patience, it has been a busy few months for us. In the last 60 days we have explored various avenues through which we can continue the mission of the Sunlight fund. In short, our leadership wishes to inform you of two intended decisions:
1) We want to ensure that our mission continues. We have been and will continue to work alongside several investigative journalists in locating and obtaining any-and-all relevant media from "The Apprentice" which may serve to prove to the American people who Donald J. Trump has been, and always will be.
You may be asking - we lost, so why do this? Because in 2016 we saw abysmal Democratic turnout all over, this was especially prevalent amongst key demographic groups around the country, especially in swing states. Hillary Clinton lost Michigan for instance by 11,612 votes. In Wayne county alone (the county that contains the city of Detroit) there were more than 75,000 individuals who did not vote in 2016 who voted in 2012 for Barack Obama. Similarly in Wisconsin, we lost by 22,748 votes and Pennsylvania, 68,236. All of these states currently have enough registered democratic voters to overcome this electoral deficit two times over.
Therefore, we believe the pursuit of this evidence and its subsequent release will serve to not only slow down President Trumps agenda while in office, but also to mobilize many of these voters leading into the 2018 and 2020 campaigns.
2) We are going to donate the majority of the funds to ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
We appreciate the trust you have shown us thus far, whether it is through your donations, your participation in our donor poll or in your continued support through e-mails. We want to continue to be a good steward of that trust and we want to use your donations to both support a great organization and continue the work that we have started.
At this point we want to inform all of you that we are shutting down the gofundme page and plan to shift your donated funds into a non-profit organization that we have established and control.
"The Sunlight Fund" a newly registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization states:
The 2016 election was a test of the country's ability to choose its leaders based on asymmetric information. Evidence of fake news, misleading information leaks and significant meddling by foreign governments represent a threat to the validity of the democratic foundation of this country. Transparency, support for dedicated investigative journalism and continual vigilance in informing the public of the most important issues governing our country are the bulwarks against further erosion of our most cherished principles.
We want to use your funds to this end: supporting investigative journalism and the pursuit of salient information for public consumption. The Sunlight Fund will be used as the clearinghouse to donate funds to our primary recipient as well as to fund continued investigative activities carried out in conjunction with our new partners.
We sincerely apologize that we are unable to provide more operational details at this time in writing, but we invite you to join a donor-only conference call to provide more information on our intended pathway forward. We will hold this call next Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30-6:30PM ET. We encourage all our donors to join, please e-mail us at email@example.com to register and join the conversation.
We plan to close the gofundme page one week from tomorrow on March 17th. Between now and then we want to inform you that you have the ability to request a refund from the administrators of gofundme should you no longer support our mission.
This fight will be long and painful but your donated funds will help us and our partners. We continue to value your support and trust and we carry it with us as we continue to engage on multiple fronts. In the end, we will protect this country that we all love so very much.
The Sunlight Team
I am still coming to terms with the results of yesterday's election. Having built my hopes for a better America, my dreams of progress on the issues I care most about, and even personal and professional decisions on the expectations of a Clinton Administration; I feel a deep and personal loss following yesterday's results.
Time will assuage the pain and confusion that many of us are feeling right now. But time will not protect our nation from the uncertain future it faces.
The Sunlight Team anticipated donating your funds to a worthy organization immediately following the election. Now however, we ask for your patience. As we face four years of a Trump Administration, we want to ensure that your donations are used in the most effective way possible to increase transparency and protect those who may have been sexually abused by the President-elect.
As the Sunlight Team develops options, we willl provide you all with thoughts on what options are available so we can incorporate your guidance into the decision making process.
Thank you for your support and for all the effort you put into this election. Please continue to leave comments for us or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your insights.
Please take care and keep your heads held high.
This is the sneakiest dirtiest idea I have heard of to ruin a man. I would not give one cent in an effort to uncover the chinks in someones Armour. His opposition does not need for a whistle-blower the flaws are all there to see in 30 years of bad service to the country and failed policies. He never said he was a saint. Grow up.
Trump supporters objecting to this gofundme page are a hoot. They're all for digging up anything possible to harm Clinton's campaign but, oh, no! -- let's not harm dear old Donald, Champion of the People! People spend their money on more frivolous things than this every single day. Donate or don't but mind your own spending habits and stay out of other people's spending decisions. You know that there is so much more damaging information out there about Donald Trump, but the people who support him at this point certainly don't care about the facts of who he is. They will hold onto their Savior until he takes them all to hell. View a video made by Paul Friel the son of a man whose small business was screwed royally by Donald Trump--through non-payment and then blackballing him from getting any other jobs, for no other reason than greed and vengeance--real mafia-like tactics. THAT is the real Trump. Just one of hundreds of similar stories of Donald Trump putting his desire for fortune over ethics and human decency. Trump is for Trump alone. No one else. Check out The Trump Project at trumpproject dot org.
Very interesting choice of picture this is a picture of Louise Brandeis, for anyone who doesn't know, a former associate justice on the Supreme Court. He was considered the people's lawyer because of his devotion to public causes (and took many cases on for free), but more interestingly, was thought of as dangerous not for any attributable skills, but because he was incorruptible. I'll be happy to donate. To address another concern regarding donations: donating money to a cause you truly believe in its a donation well spent. And if you believe this donation will help in revealing critical information that could potentially affect over 7 billion people for 4 years, donating helps, but SHARING this post helps too.
Not frivolous or personal vendetta as some comments suggest, but an attempt to uncover the truth about someone who presents himself as qualified to serve as leader of the free world. If he's hasn't engaged in any insanely unacceptable rants, then he's got nothing to worry about but, if he has, isn't that important to know before he does irreversible damage with his bizarre and unpredictable behavior on the world stage?
It doesn't even matter at this point....HA HA HA.....Go President Hillary and if the tapes surface..I'll add the addendum of another HA HA HA. Donald you disgusting pig....PLUS I hope she gets a democratic Senate so the "Equal Pay for Equal Work" bill will finally be passed after a FRICKEN DECADE of male republicans rejecting it......Madam President...I am at your service
I just reported this campaign. A.) It's a fraud. B.) It's wrong on so many levels. There are people who are dying, people who are starving, people who are truly in need. Shame on anyone who contributes to this campaign. It makes me sick to think that this is what we've come to as a society. True idiocracy.
To the pious folks who believe my $5 donation here could have cured poverty instead: the whole point of this isn't so much to help someone pay a fee, it's to show that members of the public are willing to share the cost of shining a spotlight on yet another shadowy aspect of Trump's character. If that means taking a chance that I'm just throwing a few dollars in the street, so be it. Still worth it! Maybe he'll be exonerated. Who knows? Personally, I'd rather know than not know. Wouldn't you?
These go fund me pages are getting completely out of hand. The purpose of them, if they are allowed at all, should be for only people that desperately need the money. (Illness or burial). Use your own money Hillary if you want to be underhanded, which we all know you already are, if you want to get a point across. You and your friends are a bunch of sleeze balls.
I think you should change where the money goes to if no one comes forward. I don't have anything against the Center for Investigative Reporting, but am not necessarily interested in contributing to them. I'd rather the money go to a charity or organization aimed to uplift/support one or more of the many groups that Trump has offended.
Only the Trump trolls would bad mouth this campaign. Let's prevent this dictator, bully, scowling, sniffling, womanizing, unhinged, lying man from feeding his inner beast. I hope they leak the tape(s) showing his racist, womanizing self for all the world to see. I do hope all funds are dispersed to whistleblower(s) including legal rep as needed.