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The site was founded in January 2009 by former employees of the East Valley Tribune, and its initial funding was provided by local political consultant Bob Grossfeld, the site’s publisher. The Guardian had three editorial employees.
The Guardian was available only to paid subscribers, who could read the site with plans ranging from $30 to $150 per month . Many of those subscribers were members of the Arizona State Legislature or lobbyists. The site also brought in revenue from advertising. It was profitable as of mid-2009.
In 2010, the site began commissioning polls and developed a free location-based iPhone app designed by Arizona State University students, which allows users to quickly see elected officials for their current location, as well as other political stats and contact information.
The Miami Herald is a daily newspaper in Miami owned by The McClatchy Company. The Herald’s average daily print circulation as of fall 2010 was 151,612, plus 22,597 for its daily e-edition. The newspaper reported combined web traffic of 5.9 million monthly unique visitors in fall 2009. The Herald also operates the Spanish-language news organization El…