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We report on what this administration does.

Want to know how the Trump administration will affect you? You have the right to White House news.

Find out what you can do before changes take effect.

Before any law, rule or policy is altered, DCReport will alert you. And show you how to exercise your Constitutional rights to challenge changes detrimental to your rights and protections as a citizen, consumer, worker, investor and voter.

We will never tell you what to do, but we will equip you with hard facts so that you can decide. Despite official barriers preventing your involvement in government decisions, you can make your voice heard.

If you want to support this kind of journalism, please send tax deductible donations here:

DCReport
P.O. Box 10311
Rochester NY 14610

A new kind of news operation for the Trump era

Donald Trump and Congress plan to eliminate many of the rights and protections of Americans. They intend to further subsidize a few thousand millionaires and billionaires while gutting the services and benefits of hundreds of millions of ordinary citizens.

David Cay Johnston wants to make sure you know what they’re doing to your government!

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has a plan to arm you, the average American, with the information you need about what your government is up to, what your fellow citizens think and — most importantly — what you can do about it.

David literally wrote the book on the president elect, The Making of Donald Trump. His reporting persuaded two presidents to rethink their tax policies, stopped tax dodges that Congress valued at more than $250 million in the first decade alone and promoted the passage of many federal and state laws and regulations to protect people. The Washington Monthly calls him “one of America’s most important journalists.”

David is proposing a new kind of nonprofit, citizen-centered news organization, David Cay Johnston’s DCReport features journalism that meticulously scours the public record to report what’s really going on inside your congressional committee rooms, your executive branch departments, your regulatory agencies and, yes, your White House. This is citizen-focused journalism that will value policies over politics. The focus: The results of government actions, not the rhetoric of politicians.

David has written six books and reported for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times. His readers rely on him for fearless, plain-English journalism that engages citizens and stirs them to action. But this isn’t typical of the press — not even the most responsible and well-funded news organizations, and especially not the Internet’s click-bait news franchises.

The best mainstream news organizations don’t cover what’s happening within the government until it’s far too late for citizens to do anything about it. Mainstream news focuses on controversies, like the campaign coverage of Clinton’s emails or Trump’s boasts about sexual assault. It’s rare for the mainstream press to report on the day-to-day mechanics of government, where laws get made, regulations are forged and backroom deals are struck. But this is where government actually happens.

DCReport will alert you each day of new proposed changes. These concise alerts will be followed by easily understood articles and infographics fleshing out the facts to explain how proposed new policies will affect your freedom, your life and your wallet. DCReport will also reveal who’s behind the proposed changes, who will benefit and who will be hurt.

Most importantly, DCReport will show you how you can exercise your constitutional rights to get involved in what, at least for now, is a process in which citizens are entitled to intervene and protest. DCReport won’t tell you what to do or what stand to take on an issue, but it will apprise you of what is coming, how to get involved and how to connect with others who share your concerns.

David can only do so much of that on his own. He’s already compiling a staff of experienced editors, reporters, lawyers, economists, graphic artists and others so that his work can expand and become available to you while there’s still time to influence our government’s policies.

But this costs money.

To launch DCReport, David needs your support. The more money raised, the more journalists and others can be put to work doing the kind of journalism for which Johnston excels. An ideal budget would be at least $3 million a year. That’s less than a penny per American. If readers will bankroll this project at the start, David is confident — as are those who have already made modest four-year pledges of support — that others will see the value in this work and continue to finance and expand it.

We will never sell or rent our subscriber list. And we do not accept advertising. This will be entirely reader=supported news.

We have a stellar board of directors:

Bruce Bartlett, former economic aide to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and representative Jack Kemp.

Jonathan Alter,  former aide to president Jimmy Carter, longtime Newsweek writer, and author.

Cheryl Phillips, the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor dealing with data and investigative reporting, and for 10 years was a  board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, which trains journalists.

So what’s an informed, citizen-focused democracy worth to you?

Please email David at the address below and let him know — in a very few words —  if you are interested, how much support you can personally provide and how much you think you can persuade others to provide to hire a staff to do this vital work.

If this is the kind of journalism that you believe America needs, please take a few moments to tell others about DCReport.org and ask them to donate.

David, for now, is working pro bono — no salary until we raise enough money to do the kind of job needed to make Washington truly accountable to the people. We will also seek support from foundations and other major funders. If you are interested in supporting tough, fair and fearless journalism that focuses on what the administration and Congress DO, rather than what they say, please email David at davidcayjohnston@gmail.com and send a generous tax-deductible donation to:

DCReport
P.O. Box 10311
Rochester NY 14610