Whitey Bulger always insisted that he was not an FBI informant but paid off corrupt G-men, and the new documentary by filmmaker Joe Berlinger suggests the former Winter Hill boss may be right as reported by Dorothy Pomerantz for Forbes Magazine: "while the claim at first seems ludicrous, Bulger's lawyers show Berlinger evidence they believe proves that Bulger's informant file was a lie." In the film Bulger claims he paid agents up to $50,000 for information as reported by The Associated Press:
"Money is the common denominator," Bulger tells his attorney, J.W. Carney, Jr., in a phone conversation. "Organized crime people cannot exist without contacts, and these people know it… Everybody can be corrupted."