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Adam Ramsay @AdamRamsay
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A couple of years ago, the media was pretty obsessed with how well the Tories had done in the Scottish parliament elections. So I decided to look into their funding. I found a web of dark money & secretive donations (1/9): opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/a…
Meanwhile @PeterKGeoghegan & I started investigating who gave the DUP a huge secret Brexit campaign donation. The trail turned out to go through Richard Cook, former vice-chair of the Scottish Tories: opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/p… (2/9)
Meanwhile, our mustelid pals at @FerretScot picked up the Scottish Tory dark money story, and dug out some amazing stuff: theferret.scot/secretive-trus… (3/9)
The DUP had said the donation came from businessmen who care about the union. So I researched all the major Better Together donors, and discovered some extraordinary facts: opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay… (4/9)
Like, check out this fact about Better Together donor Lord Vestey, Master of the Horse in the Royal Household! (5/9)
In the hunt for facts about the DUP donor, I went undercover at a Scotland in Union dinner. I didn’t find out about the donation. But I did discover they were in talks with Cambridge Analytica: opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/a… (6/9)
And I also met one of Theresa May's former staffers, leading to this shocking story: opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay… (7/9)
Here's the point: we want to keep investigating dark money and dark PR networks in Scottish and British politics. That takes time and costs money. Please contribute to our crowdfunder today: crowdfunder.co.uk/expose-the-dar… (8/9)
Oh, and, more than a year after I reported the Scottish Tories to the Electoral Commission for accepting an illegal £100,000 donation, the donors were fined the mighty sum of £400. Without journalists upholding our threadbare election laws, no one will: opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/a…
Also, it's not dark money, but perhaps the Scottish Tory story we broke which has shocked me most was exposing @Douglas4Moray's call for "Tougher enforcement against Gypsies and Travellers": opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay…

Please do chip in so we can keep reporting on this stuff.
Anyway, enough of that. The point is, all of this costs money. So if you value it, please help pay for it. Every pound helps: crowdfunder.co.uk/expose-the-dar…
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