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Working on a tiny budget, TucsonSentinel.com's attracted local respect and national attention for our solid work. Unlike the talking heads on cable TV and the babbling on partisan blogs, we don't just do hot-take reactions on news reported elsewhere. It can take reporters a lot of time and expertise to track down leads and untangle complex issues. Many newsrooms simply can't afford to take on this kind of journalism anymore.

We're dedicated to making that investment, but need you to invest in our work. We believe the public deserves to know the truth, no matter how long it takes, how much it costs, or who it irritates.

Recently, we were the first news outlet here to report about most of Arizona's GOP delegation in Congress lobbying to rescind the Ironwood Forest National Monument. The Sentinel was the only news outlet to dig into who had received a settlement negotiated by Raul Grijalva. No other news organizations dug into how political committees were ignoring financial reporting laws in Tucson's city election. We broke the news — picked up around the world — about a U.S. Marine veteran facing deportation, despite a judge agreeing that he has U.S. citizenship. We investigated allegations about the former governor of Sonora being closely connected to cocaine traffickers. The main reporting on Ally Miller's public records dodges has been done by TucsonSentinel.com. And that's just a start:

We were the only news organization anywhere — not just in Arizona, but in the country — to report that Congress was moving to exempt the Border Patrol from Freedom of Information laws. Because of our work, that provision was quickly stripped from a border bill.

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​Does it sound like a good idea for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the world to be able to essentially operate as secret police, without any public accountability?

The Border Patrol and other agencies of Customs and Border Protection have already been given sweeping powers to ignore certain constitutional rights within 100 miles of the border. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives within that border zone — which includes the Tucson area and most of Southern Arizona — where they can set up immigration checkpoints, conduct searches in ways that you'd think would violate the 4th Amendment, and do routinely go beyond their broad authority and violate civil rights.

At least we can keep tabs on them through freedom of information, right?

Well, Congress very nearly handed CBP a blank check to ignore FOIA. Buried deep in a bill in October was a loophole that would have exempted CBP from FOIA entirely, for anything and everything they did within that 100-mile border zone.

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A single news organization in the entire country wrote about that exemption before the bill was put to a committee vote: TucsonSentinel.com.

We published an editorial the evening before the House Committee on Homeland Security held a markup session on the law, after we asked questions about why CBP should be allowed to keep data and records about its border enforcement activities under wraps.

When we were met with silence and excuses, we told Southern Arizona residents that their congresswoman, Martha McSally, was a co-sponsor of a bill that would allow Border Patrol to operate in the dark.

"Whether you support or oppose Trump's wall, strongly favor more stringent immigration enforcement or are adamantly opposed, not knowing if CBP is doing its job fairly and effectively should not be an option," we wrote.

The very next day, McSally quickly amended the bill to remove that provision.

Just one other news outlet in the nation even reported about the FOIA loophole being pulled — a brief notice in the Dallas Morning News.

It matters that we have quality local reporting taking place, because righting wrongs and making communities work better eventually means good things for all of us.

Solid journalism in America has never been more important than it is today, but it's no secret that newsrooms are shrinking and that the industry is in a financial crisis. TucsonSentinel.com was founded eight years ago to address this problem — by turning the outdated newspaper model on its head. First, we're nonprofit, which means we see news as a mission, not a business focused solely on profits. And, we're a digital native publication, which means we don't have to spend big bucks on paper and trucks to deliver our news to readers — the biggest and most crippling expense for traditional outlets. On average, they spend less than 10 percent of their total budgets on reporting. At TucsonSentinel.com, we spend most of our money — every penny we can muster — on reporting, editing and fact-checking the news.

TucsonSentinel.com is a nonprofit local news organization, and we rely on readers and small businesses right here in Tucson and Southern Arizona to help us do the reporting that makes us all smarter, wiser and more rounded citizens.

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It takes a lot of energy and scrappiness to uphold the high quality of our reporting. And it takes money. Our staff are talented professionals, some with decades of experience in investigative and community journalism. And maintaining our computers, website, cameras, replacing worn-out shoe leather and putting gas in trucks for trips through the desert adds to our costs.

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Investigative journalism has long been at the heart of an informed public, and today it matters like never before. In recent years, declining budgets have cut into the in-depth investigative reporting that exposes hard truths. Nonprofit news organizations like ours fill a critical need — one we can't afford to lose.

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