Complaint: Whistleblower Is Soliciting, Accepting Illegal Gifts Through GoFundMe

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
By Paul Martin

by R. Cort Kirkwood
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

The ballyhooed CIA “whistleblower,” whose hearsay allegations of wrongdoing set in motion the “impeachment inquiry” against President Trump, is soliciting illegal gifts through the popular GoFundMe website, alleges a formal complaint with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

The law firm that represents an anonymous client, Tully Rinckey, reported the suspected violation of federal law, which prohibits federal employees from accepting certain types of gifts.

So far, the GoFundMe account has raised $227,822 of a $300,000 goal.

The Complaint
The complaint notes that the GoFundMe page was created by Whistleblower Aid.

A little digging showed that Whistleblower Aid’s employee identification number traces back to another outfit, “‘Values United’ which according to the [Internal Revenue Service] is run out of an apparent residence owned by a well-known former State Department official named John Tye.”

As well, attorney Anthony Gallo alleges, “a review of the 2017 IRS 990 for ‘Values United’ shows only $22,398 in contributions but $173,671 in ‘Executive Compensation.’” The 990 also shows assets of $133,106 and liabilities of $752,823 for net assets of -$619,717.

The attorney filed a separate complaint with the IRS to uncover the link and any financial footsie between Values United and Whistleblower Aid.

As to the gifts for the whistleblower, identified as CIA man Eric Ciaramella, an anti-Trump Obama Democrat, “my client believes that the donations … clearly constitute a ‘gift’ for the benefit of a federal employee,” the attorney wrote. “Alternatively, my client believes that these donations, inter alia, constitute an indirectly solicited gift.”

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