Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

PolitiFact and PunditFact

PolitiFact and PunditFact are projects of the The Times Publishing Company the holding company of The Tampa Bay Times. Politifact, a fact-checking journalism website, aimed at bringing readers factually accurate information in politics and who seek to expand the practice of fact-checking. PunditFact is dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.


The Democracy Fund is committed to fighting deception that prevents voters from making informed decisions at the ballot box. Political pundits play an increasingly influential role in our media and have an outsized impact on the views of the public. Until now, no news organization has held these pundits and hosts accountable for the exaggerations and falsehoods that are often found in their commentary.

We supported the development and launch of PunditFact in 2013 through a grant to the Poynter Institute to foster a public conversation about the role of pundits in our democracy, while reducing the level of deception from pundits through highly visible fact checking.

We have supported PolitiFact via a grant to the Times Publishing Company to strengthen its practices and approaches both nationally and across the country in 2016 and 2017. This will allow PolitiFact’s reporters and editors to expand the journalistic practice of fact-checking and extend into new states, rating claims for accuracy on its Truth-O-Meter.


Help be PolitiFact’s eyes and ears. If you hear something that you think warrants analysis, email us at, send us a message on Facebook, tweet us @Politifact, or tweet us at @PunditFact.

Total Commitment

2013: $325,000 over two years for development of PunditFact. 2015: Up to $500,000 over two years for expansion of PolitiFact.