Reward for Arson Arrest Grows to $100,000

The reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who started the arson fires at the offices of three conservative organizations has grown to $100,000. No arrests have been made in the fire that displaced Center of the American Experiment, Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC), and Take Charge, along with several dozen other small businesses from their Golden Valley offices on January 28, 2024. The fires are being investigated as deliberate acts of arson by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Fire Investigation team.

“We are determined to catch the people responsible for this hateful attack and hope a sizable reward will convince someone to come forward,” said John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment.

“Politically-motivated arson is a very serious crime and we hope this substantial additional reward will help to ensure that the people responsible are apprehended and convicted,” said Doug Seaton, President of UMLC.

“We are not slowing down one bit,” added Kendall Qualls, President of Take Charge.  “We are opening our first chapter outside of Minnesota in Memphis, TN next week and preparing to launch private elementary schools in the fall of 2024. Stay tuned…more to come soon.”

The previous award fund was $15,000. The new reward will be $50,000 if one person is arrested and convicted and an additional $50,000 if two people are arrested and convicted, for a total possible reward of $100,000.

Anyone with information can contact the FBI office locally by calling (763) 569-8000 or visiting