Whistleblower Aid (officially a doing-business-as name of Values United) is a left-aligned support organization for government and private sector whistleblowers that rose to prominence for representing an anonymous whistleblower who reported the controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the Intelligence Community Inspector General; the controversy over the call’s contents led the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to impeach President Trump in December 2019.
Although the organization asserts it is nonpartisan, it was created after President Donald Trump was elected and openly professed that it “opened its doors” in response to perceived threats from the Trump administration.
Whistleblower Aid was founded in 2017 by former State Department whistleblower John Tye and left-leaning national security issues attorney Mark Zaid to provide legal assistance to government and private-sector whistleblowers. 
The organization also provides free public relations help to publicize whistleblower complaints and provides networking if a client is forced out of his or her job. In some cases, the group will provide free psychological counseling.
The organization professes it “is never ideological or partisan.”  However, most of its personnel, including two lawyers key to the impeachment process against President Donald Trump, have publicly expressed left-leaning sentiments. The organization further professes, “We opened our doors in September 2017 directly in response to the threat to the rule of law and accountability posed by the current administration,” namely that of President Trump. Tye told the Washington Post shortly after the organization opened: “We want to advise people what to do, whether it’s going to Congress, or an inspector general or Robert Mueller.” 
CEO John Tye previously worked for the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as the climate change activist group Avaaz. Tye also made the maximum general election donation to Hillary Clinton in her 2016 presidential run, giving $2,700.
As a State Department employee in 2014, he became a whistleblower alleging improper spying by the National Security Agency. Tye says Whistleblower Aid is different from Wikileaks because it respects a legitimate scope of secrecy for the government. 
Tye added that if a whistleblower comes to the group with classified information, the group will steer the whistleblower to investigators with security clearances and the power to do something about it. 
Mark S. Zaid, a left-leaning national security lawyer, is the other co-founder.  After Zaid became a lawyer for an anonymous whistleblower against President Trump, Tweets he posted in 2017 gained more attention. One said, “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately.”  He made subsequent tweets calling for Trump’s removal from office.
Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer, was one of the organization’s first clients, then went to work as a lawyer for Whistleblower Aid. He is the other lawyer who represented the anonymous whistleblower in the Trump impeachment matter. 
Bakaj on August 2017 tweeted, “The 25th Amendment concerns @POTUS’ inability to discharge the powers and duties of office. Says nothing about mental health. We’re there.” 
To protect clients, the organization does not allow itself to be contacted by phone or email. The group has two encrypted sites. It’s necessary to install a special Tor browser that allows access to an encrypted, anonymous part of the Internet. 
Whistleblower Aid connected New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow with an MIT person who alleged the university covered up donations from Jeffrey Epstein. 
Ukraine Whistleblower Controversy
After taking on the anonymous Trump-Ukraine whistleblower’s case, Whistleblower Aid made a fundraising appeal on GoFundMe. The appeal said: “A US intelligence officer who filed an urgent report of government misconduct needs your help. … We’re working with the whistleblower and launched a crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers.” 
By November, a separate anonymous whistleblower complaint went to the intelligence community’s Office of Inspector General asserting the $6,000 in donations constitute a “gift” to an intelligence official, though no public action on the complaint was taken.