Why you should support openDemocracy

Update: our scoops have made global headlines and we've forced a law change on donor secrecy - but the government's refusing to backdate the new rules, keeping the DUP's Brexit donors a mystery. So it's down to us to expose them - and we're getting close. We're stretching our goal to £30,000 to get us there. Please donate and spread the word!

Theresa May desperately needs the DUP -- the hard-right party that has blocked same-sex marriage and squandered half a billion of taxpayers’ money in Northern Ireland — to prop up her unstable government. They laud Enoch Powell, and a deal with them could threaten 20 years of hard-won peace in Northern Ireland.

But that's not all.

Earlier this year, openDemocracy revealed the DUP spent £425,000 on pro-Brexit campaigning – far more than they’d ever spent on a political campaign – and were trying to keep the source of the cash secret.

Under pressure from our investigation, the DUP admitted the money came via a shady group which (we revealed) has links to Saudi intelligence.

The DUP has told openDemocracy these links “aren’t a problem for us” and have refused to reveal the true source of the cash.

Well, we think it’s time to make it a problem for them – and for Theresa May. If the DUP is going to be a lynchpin of the UK government, we must know who bankrolls them and why they’re so determined to keep it a secret.

To do this, we need your help.

Can you chip in to the crowdfunder on this page to boost our investigation at this vital moment, so that we can expose the dark money bankrolling British politics?

We know that pressure works. Already, we’ve forced revelations and they’re clearly rattled. But we don’t have much time.

With your support, we’ll work tirelessly to follow the money wherever it leads, expose the secret donors and their hidden agendas and force our politicians to answer to people, not to shady billionaires.

Please give whatever you can to the crowdfunder — let’s expose the DUP and their shady dark money donors!

Update: We've had an incredible response, and lots of new leads. Now we're moving to a stretch goal of £30,000 so that we can do more – and fast. Please spread the word!

12 Jun 2017

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