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Who pays for PolitiFact?

(Last updated: February 2018)

PolitiFact is a nonpartisan fact-checking website to sort out the truth in American politics. PolitiFact was created by the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida newspaper, in 2007. In 2018, PolitiFact was acquired by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists.

You can view The Poynter Institute’s most-recent public financial disclosure form 990 here.

While PolitiFact relies on administrative support from the Poynter Institute, it is otherwise financially self-sustaining. PolitiFact receives support from online advertising, as well as revenue generated through content partnerships and from grants.

In 2017, PolitiFact launched a membership campaign called the Truth Squad to allow individual donations.

Accepting financial support does not mean PolitiFact endorses the products, services or opinions of its donors. Donors have no say in the ratings PolitiFact issues. PolitiFact does not give donors the right to review or edit content.

As part of PolitiFact’s mission to remain transparent and independent, PolitiFact will disclose on this page any individual donation in excess of $1,000. PolitiFact does not accept donations from anonymous sources, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office, or any other source with a conflict of interest as determined by PolitiFact’s executive director.


2017

(As of Dec. 31, 2017)

Individual donations to the Truth Squad: $206,143
Truth Squad members: 1,612
Truth Squad donations in excess of $1,000: 5
Wagner, Bill: $1,600
Kuzyk, Mark: $2,400
Collie, James: $1,500
Hutton, Marilyn: $1,100
Mahaffey, R. Ernest: $1,200

Reynolds Journalism Institute: $10,000 (To develop a new promise tracking tool)
Democracy Fund: $125,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)
Knight Foundation: $50,000 (To reach new audiences and address the spread of misinformation)
The Craig Newmark Foundation: $50,000 (General support)
Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust​: $20,000 (toward the hiring of an audience engagement fellow) 


2016

Democracy Fund: $250,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $126,650 (To fact-check claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check)
Reynolds Journalism Institute: $10,000 (To develop a new promise tracking tool)


2015

Democracy Fund: $125,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $70,000 (To fact-check claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check)
The Knight Foundation: $167,500 (To fact-check claims on Medium; support the creation of new technologies to assist fact-checking)


2014

Democracy Fund: $162,500 (To develop PunditFact)
Ford Foundation: $150,000 (To develop PunditFact)


2013

Democracy Fund: $162,500 (To develop PunditFact)
Ford Foundation: $150,000 (To develop PunditFact)


2012

The Knight Foundation: $125,000 (To develop the Settle It! app)
craigconnects: $10,000 (Seed money to develop PunditFact)


2010

The Knight Foundation: $200,000 (To train Florida news organizations how to use PolitiFact)
Collins Center for Public Policy: $15,000 (To fact-check proposed Florida constitutional amendments)
Craigslist Charitable Fund: Funding for the creation of PolitiFact Florida