Christopher Collins is creating Investigative journalism
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Hi, I'm Christopher Collins, and I want to hold the federal government -- and moreover, the Trump administration -- accountable. I have a special set of tools I use to do that, including interviewing skills, database expertise and document detective work. I've launched 1FOIRaDay, an open records project in which I send one FOIA request each weekday in 2017.

But I need your help.  

To make the project effective, I first need to obtain data from the government, which in some cases can be expensive. Federal agencies many times use fees as a way to make individual requesters back off, creating an environment where only the big players in U.S. media have the resources to get data.

Though my work has appeared in USA TODAY, The Associated Press, Military Times, dozens of daily newspapers and online news publications, I am an independent journalist without the benefit of a big budget. This is where you come in: with a small contribution, you can help hold the government accountable. You can be a key player in telling important stories.

You can make a difference.
Rewards
Paperboy
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You get access to the weekly 1FOIRaDay newsletter, where I share insights on FOIA victories, losses and strategies.  
Reporter
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
I'll schedule one phone or video call per month to help you work through FOIA-related issues.
Muckraker
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For a $10 contribution, I will create a professionally crafted FOIA request on a subject of your choosing. Just tell me which documents you want to get and I'll write a request to increase your likelihood of obtaining them.  
Editor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Along with all of the other rewards, a $20 contribution will give you early access to any documents I obtain through the project. You will be able to review records,  inlcuding data on national security, politics, human health hazards and food security, three days before anyone else.
Philanthropist
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Hey, big spender! In addition to all the other rewards,  your name will be featured prominently on the 1FOIRaDay project page . This project couldn't work without people like you.
Goals
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Contributions of just $100 a month would help pay fees incurred by FOIA requests. Contributions will not be used to pay for my living expenses, food, etc. They will be used solely to pay for records, which later will be released to the public at no charge.
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Hi, I'm Christopher Collins, and I want to hold the federal government -- and moreover, the Trump administration -- accountable. I have a special set of tools I use to do that, including interviewing skills, database expertise and document detective work. I've launched 1FOIRaDay, an open records project in which I send one FOIA request each weekday in 2017.

But I need your help.  

To make the project effective, I first need to obtain data from the government, which in some cases can be expensive. Federal agencies many times use fees as a way to make individual requesters back off, creating an environment where only the big players in U.S. media have the resources to get data.

Though my work has appeared in USA TODAY, The Associated Press, Military Times, dozens of daily newspapers and online news publications, I am an independent journalist without the benefit of a big budget. This is where you come in: with a small contribution, you can help hold the government accountable. You can be a key player in telling important stories.

You can make a difference.

Recent posts by Christopher Collins

Rewards
Paperboy
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You get access to the weekly 1FOIRaDay newsletter, where I share insights on FOIA victories, losses and strategies.  
Reporter
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
I'll schedule one phone or video call per month to help you work through FOIA-related issues.
Muckraker
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For a $10 contribution, I will create a professionally crafted FOIA request on a subject of your choosing. Just tell me which documents you want to get and I'll write a request to increase your likelihood of obtaining them.  
Editor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Along with all of the other rewards, a $20 contribution will give you early access to any documents I obtain through the project. You will be able to review records,  inlcuding data on national security, politics, human health hazards and food security, three days before anyone else.
Philanthropist
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Hey, big spender! In addition to all the other rewards,  your name will be featured prominently on the 1FOIRaDay project page . This project couldn't work without people like you.