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Whistleblowers Talking with Independent Advocacy Organizations

Contents

General Advocacy Organizations
Bullet American Civil Liberties Union National Taskforce on Civil Liberties in the Workplace
http://www.aclu.org/issues/worker/hmwr.html
Bullet Good Government Groups
http://www.fas.org/pub/gen/ggg/
Bullet Judicial Watch
http://www.judicialwatch.org
Bullet Public Citizen
http://www.citizen.org/
Bullet No Fear Coalition
http://groups.msn.com/NoFearCoalition/
Specialized Advocacy Organizations
BulletAccuracy in Media
http://www.aim.org/
Bullet American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.aaas.org/spp/scifree/
Bullet Governmental Accountability Project
http://www.whistleblower.org/
Bullet Federation of American Scientists
http://www.fas.org
Bullet Center for Defense Information
http://www.cdi.org/
Bullet Project on Government Oversight
(formerly, Project on Military Procurement)
http://www.pogo.org/
Bullet Transparency International
http://www.transparency.org/
BulletPublic Employees for Environmental Responsibility
http://www.peer.org/
Bullet The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/
Private Attorneys and Investigators
(mainly for non-federal employees)
Bullet False Claims Act Resource Center
(Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, P.C.)
http://www.falseclaimsact.com/
Bullet National Whistleblowers Center
http://www.whistleblowers.org
(Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, P.C., http://www.kkc.com)
Bullet Qui Tam Information Center
(Bauman & Rasor Group, Inc., investigators)
http://www.quitam.com/
Bullet Qui Tam Online Network
http://www.quitamonline.com/
Bullet Taxpayers Against Fraud (Washington, D.C.)
http://www.taf.org/
(Phillips & Cohen LLP, a/k/a/ www.whistleblowers.com, www.phillipsandcohen.com, www.qui-tam-law-firm.com
Bullet Project LAW
http://www.projectlaw.org/

"Independent" Organizations

Government activities concern many advocacy organizations {AS WELL AS THE SPONSORS TRIPOD PUT ON THIS PAGE AND WHICH THE AUTHOR EMPHATICALLY DOES NOT RECOMMEND, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEIR UNWANTED ADDITION CAUSED THE AUTHOR'S LINKS TO DISAPPEAR}. Because these interest groups AND UNSPONSORED ADVERTISERS are not governmental (even if some are nonpartisan), most civil servants consult them only after retaliation begins, not before internal whistleblowing. Again, the philosophy is to work within the system, first, and not start out making waves. Agency loyalty avoids colleagues's disapproval of outside involvement. Clearly, if this approach always worked, neither this web page nor these groups would exist.

The web links to the left are of four types: general advocacy organizations, specialized advocacy groups, private firms and non-US organizations. Political parties themselves are excluded, although some of this undemocratic sample is partisan. Again, this list should not be seen as any type of endorsement.

Learning the Agenda

Please learn an organization's agenda and resources before getting heavily involved. Each group's operating budget must must come from somewhere. Most of these survive financially through public solicitations (hence a media emphasis) or attorney referrals or even industry contributions. Nonprofit is a tax status--even organizations with many volunteers need money for office supplies and a professional staffer or two to handle the phones and the volunteers.

Problems may arise where the organization is not up-front about its funding or viewpoint. The hidden agenda may not be a compatible with a whistleblower's philosophy or interests. Organizations it can burn clients by not delivering promised services, or by promoting an organizational agenda which differs from that of the whistleblower "client." Evasiveness can be a red flag for future problems.

Attorney Referrals

Referrals to private attorneys can be win-win situations for both the organization and an embattled whistleblower. However, as hinted at above, they also mean fees for the referred attorney, and possibly for the referring entity.

To the extent that an organization makes referrals, if the referral does not work out, it may either be able to help the dissatisfied whistleblower or ensure that others do not get the same treatment. The author acknowledges that private attorneys cost money, and such is not always well spent. Few federal employees are willing to spend what can amount to thousands of dollars (ranging from the price of a car to that of a house if the employee is already in trouble) to get legal advice. The cruel joke is that with some attorneys, you get what you pay for, or less.

Non-US Advocacy Organizations

BulletBritain's Public Concern at Work
http://www.pcaw.demon.co.uk/ain.html

Freedom to Care
(Commonwealth Whistleblowers Support Group)
http://www.freedomtocare.org
BulletHong Kong Whistleblowers
http://geocities.com/hk_whistleblower/
BulletAustralian Whistleblowers
http://www.whistleblowers.org.au/
videlex.com/whistleblower.htm
http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent
elo.legalaid.qld.gov.au/category/criminal/personal rights/whistle.htm
BulletSouth Africa
http://www.psam.ru.ac.za
BulletSouth America
"http://www.worldpolicies.com/english/whistleblower_protection.html
Last Revised October 16, 2002 Back to Home PageBack to Reporting Page