Why We Invested
Investigative journalism plays a crucial role in our political system: holding the powerful accountable and informing the public. In response to the current challenges facing American democracy the Center for Public Integrity will deploy its experienced, award-winning money in politics team and data-extraction skills to find the most compelling and impactful stories for the public square. The Center will apply their issue area expertise to a variety of subjects, on national security, the environment, workplace safety, finance, technology and health care to all aspects of their coverage. Our 2012 and 2013 grants supported the Consider the Source Project which seek to ‘out’ shadowy political organizations that have flourished in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. This project produces an important source for journalists covering money in politics. During the 2012 election cycle, the Center for Public Integrity’s Consider the Source project produced 264 reports on the influence of money on our political system.
In partnership with First Look Media, our 2017 grant provides general operating support to the Center as they pioneer new models of investigative reporting rooted in collaboration, community engagement, and creativity. This grant is a part of a collaboration between Democracy Fund and First Look Media to support the role of a robust, free press in our democracy. Read more about the collaboration here.