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Carole Cadwalladr, the journalist who exposed the dodgy practices of Cambridge Analytica, has raised over £170,000 to support her investigation into alleged links between Brexit, Trump and Russia, as she fights a libel case brought by Arron Banks.
The journalist has so far raised £178,000 through 6,800 donors in under two weeks to pursue her investigation. Cadwalladr claims that Banks is trying to suppress her journalism by waging a legal war against her for suggesting that the Leave.EU founder has links to Russia.
Writing on her Gofundme page, she said: “In November 2016, I began reporting on dark money, data and disinformation.
“What I need now is more resources to build a team to pursue the investigation with me, to amplify the story and to continue the fight back for democracy. Every penny will be spent supporting journalism that is more necessary than ever.”
While concerned about the financial impact of the lawsuit, Cadwalladr said she would rather people spend money supporting her journalism than on her court fees. The fundraiser, which is still open, has exceeded her initial target of £150,000.
Cadwalladr reported on the fact that Cambridge Analytica had harvested the data of Facebook to influence elections. This led to the firm’s collapse, followed by investigations into Facebook. She also reports on interconnections between right-wing donors.
Arron Banks, who donated £450,000 to Nigel Farage during the Brexit campaign, is being investigated by the National Crime Agency after the Electoral Commission said there were reasonable grounds to suspect Banks was “not the true source” of £8 million donated to Leave.EU.
It will be interesting to see if Cadwalladr can shed any new light on the money that influenced the EU referendum.