As you know, I do not take advertisements or sponsorships, nor do I take money or solicit donations in the process of doing this site. There are many reasons for this: hassle, the nobility of the mission, conflicts of interest and most of all, I do not want to distract from reporting by dealing with a host of business issues. Frankly, I suspect I have too much pride to put up a Paypal “tip jar.”
Instead, there is just old-time investigative reporting into companies that are doing some very interesting things. I submit there isn’t a ton of this being done. Actually, that’s a polite way of saying none of it is being done. Moreover, in a few weeks FI will be expanding: More stories and in all probability, a sister site is going to spring up, focusing exclusively on Chinese reverse mergers and the wonderful people who help them get here.
It costs a lot though and unfortunately, some of my investigative reporting has forced me to retain a lawyer to do the defensive things good lawyers do. No high drama like a lawsuit and the like, but investigative reporting is never cheap and the enemies of good reporting always seem to have both time and capital. The bastards won’t shut me down but I’m likely to be a fair bit poorer by the time they are sent packing.
To that end, I respectfully ask you to at least consider a purchase of my book Fatal Risk. Amazon is a fine place for the digitally grounded, or B&N should work for those who want a $4 slice of cheesecake with their forensic reconstruction of the AIG debacle.
Though the book has many merits–and you had better believe I am biased–it is my primary means of support. I have used the highest standards of investigative reporting in the book and went out of my way to discard much of what has been accepted wisdom about AIG and the broader credit crisis of 2008. The result, I submit, is an engaging investigative narrative of what the hell happened at AIG–and the world–over the past decade or so.
It’s not just me saying so though.
There will be no tote bags or bumper stickers in this fund-raising pitch. Only a sincere “thank you” for helping me report what too often is passed over.