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A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

The complaint, which was filed last week and obtained by Fox News, alleged the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official that may be restricted because of the employee’s official position pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes. To date, the GoFundMe has raised over $227,000.

The complaint also raised the possibility that some of the donations may have come from prohibited sources, and asked the ICIG to look into whether any “foreign citizen or agent of a foreign government” contributed.

Tully Rinckey PLLC, the law firm representing the individual reporting the allegations, is closely guarding the identity of their client, though Fox News is told the individual is the holder of a top-secret SCI security clearance and has served in government.

“I have not seen anything on this scale,” Anthony Gallo, the managing partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC, told Fox News, referring to the fundraising. “It’s not about politics for my client — it’s whistleblower-on-whistleblower, and [my client’s] only interest is to see the government ethics rules are being complied with government-wide.”

Fox News reported in September that the nonprofit Whistleblower Aid worked with the whistleblower’s attorneys at the Compass Rose Legal Group to start the GoFundMe.

The whistleblower’s attorneys have called the GoFundMe a way to “help support the Intelligence Community Whistleblower [to] raise funds,” and the GoFundMe page itself states that “A U.S. intelligence officer… needs your help” in the form of a “crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers.”

The fundraising page claims that “donations will only be accepted from U.S. citizens.” But, the majority of the GoFundMe donors to the whistleblower’s campaign were not named, and legal experts have told Fox News that the ICIG likely would need to subpoena the website to obtain more information on their origins.

Asked about the complaint, whistleblower attorney Andrew Bakaj maintained that the fundraising has complied with the law.

“Any fundraising efforts for the Intelligence Community Whistleblower have complied with federal laws, including ethics requirements. Should any governmental agency properly inquire we would, of course, cooperate,” he said in a statement to Fox News.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned federal government employees earlier this year that they “may not accept any gift given because of the employee’s official position,” meaning that the gift would “not have been given had the employee not held the status, authority, or duties associated with the employee’s federal position.”

The OGE also cautioned that gifts may not be accepted from “prohibited sources,” including anyone who “conducts activities regulated by the employee’s agency” or who “has interests that can be affected by the performance or non-performance of the employee’s official duties.”

The new ICIG complaint alleged that the donations through the GoFundMe page indeed constitute a “gift” for a federal employee, and that they were made due to the whistleblower’s official “status, authority or duties.” It further alleged that the whistleblower and his legal team appeared to be exploiting their access to classified information.

“[M]y client believes … that the federal employee you are protecting and their attorneys apparently have strategically weaponized their alleged whistleblowing activities into a very lucrative money-making enterprise using a charity incorporated under a different name than the trade name it is using for fund-raising purposes, which would appear to my client to be a clear abuse of the federal employee’s authority and access to classified information,” Gallo wrote in the letter to ICIG Michael Atkinson, the same government watchdog who originally received the Ukraine complaint from the whistleblower.

That paragraph was a reference to Whistleblower Aid, which is also known as Values United, co-founded by whistleblower attorney Mark Zaid. (Values United tax documents show it paid $258,085 for advertising and consulting services to West End Strategy Team, whose founder Matt Dorf was quoted on the group’s website saying he “influences progressive politics, skillfully shifting the conversation to achieve the goals of West End Strategy clients.”)

“We are requesting you investigate whether [criminal statutes or regulations have] been violated by the federal employee you are protecting when they reportedly requested an investigation into a matter that they had no direct personal knowledge of, and on account of which they were able to obtain sizeable gifts from unknown persons because of their official duty,” Gallo concluded.

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21 Comments
  • mike dar says:

    Well, that confirms it, just as done with Ballsey Ford… any miscreant liar can now come forward and claim to be a Whistle Blower and become a millionaire via GoFund and liberal Rich donating for them to throw themselves onto the stage!
    Ironically, Ford was connected to the CIA just as this ‘Wittiness’… seems when a Agency cannot hide payments because of regulatory schemes and not wanting exposure for the corrupt practice of staging people with trained responses the CIA has now access to political donations- to pay for it’s deception practices.

    • ELINOR ANN DEMENDONCA says:

      The CIA and FBI used to be highly respected. They are in the Swamp DEEP Swamp and it needs to be weeded and dredged out. Disgusting, our leadership in major security areas was infiltrated so deeply by Obama troops who worked so diligently to completely ruin our Country.

  • Stephen says:

    Good prosecute then all the way, ALL of them involved.

  • Gerry says:

    This POS is NOT a “whistle blower” — he/she /it is nothing but a f****** gossiper — he said/she said/ know what I heard yesterday from a bunch of women talking !!!! This is all total bullsh** and should be brought to a screeching halt and all involved in this attempted coup indicted for TREASON and dealt with harshly.

  • ELINOR ANN DEMENDONCA says:

    This is so wrong ! When employed by the USG and given Highest Level Security Clearances you are by law forbidden to accept gifts from anyone because of your status. Especially hundreds of thousands of dollars from “Go Fund Me” where you do not even know who is expecting what in return due your status. This person and Hillary should share a cell. Between her lawbreaking with illegal, horrid mishandling of Top Secret Documents and this low life on the take for big bucks, I am getting nauseous ! WHY can’t we just at least slam this low life in JAIL. I would be in jail immediately if I were to break the law.

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