openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Leave campaign – from the murky finances of Arron Banks, to the DUP's secret Brexit donors, to the law-breaking antics of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove's Vote Leave campaign.
We've just revealed how Arron Banks lied to parliament about his business and political activities – and has amassed a campaign 'warchest' of voters' personal information.
We've also exposed how a hard Brexit pressure group fronted by Jacob Rees-Mogg is taking taxpayer money; and how dark money-funded think tanks are fuelling a powerful hard-Brexit lobby.
We have many more leads to chase down – but our time and resources are running out. We urgently need to raise £100,000 so we can keep doing this important work.
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Our work matters – and it gets results.
The National Crime Agency announced it's investigating Arron Banks, after our reporting raised serious questions about where all his Brexit donations really came from. Our work on the DUP's secret Brexit cash triggered a law change, ending donor secrecy in Northern Ireland. Our reporting has prompted questions in parliament; it's been cited by a major inquiry by MPs into fake news; it's provided key evidence for three Electoral Commission investigations. And it's been picked up in media across the world.
We've done all this on a shoestring budget – not because we're pro or anti-Brexit, but because we're passionate about uncovering the truth. But now we need your help.
As the deadline for Brexit speeds towards us, it's urgently important that citizens across the UK know who bankrolls our politicians, and who is really behind the powerful hard-Brexit lobby.
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