To bolster the commitment to one of our key programs of interest, Civics, our Frontier Fund has chosen to distribute $50,000 to several non-profit organizations which strengthen public knowledge and transparency. The Foundation places great value on the “Fourth Estate,” and supports journalism’s essential role in a functioning democracy.
Project Specific Funding: The Center for Responsive Politics — Speaking Freely, whose two earlier editions in book form were highly popular and published to critical acclaim, will be updated in a “film first” format. The project documents the influence of money in politics through first-hand accounts of those directly involved.
Inform, Empower & Advocate
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. OUR VISION is for Americans, empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, to use that knowledge to strengthen our democracy. OUR MISSION is to produce and disseminate peerless data and analysis on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.
We pursue our mission largely through our award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. And for other organizations and news media, the Center’s exclusive data powers their online features tracking money in politics – counting cash to make change. Our OpenSecrets Blog features newsbreaking original reporting about money-in-politics, including the sort of investigative work that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 award for Public Service in Online Journalism.
The Center relies on financial support from a combination of institutional grants, individual contributions and income earned from custom research and licensing data for commercial use. You can support the work of the Center directly by making a tax-deductible contribution through OpenSecrets.org