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The Fiscal Times is a New York-based online news organization that covers financial news and economic issues.
The Fiscal Times was founded and initially funded in late 2009 by Pete Peterson, an investment banker and former U.S. commerce secretary. The Times planned to launch as a nonprofit but registered as a for-profit organization in order to be able to write more opinionated pieces about candidates and bills.
The Times has two staff editors and dozens of contributing reporters and bloggers.
The Times launched with a content-sharing agreement with The Washington Post, which ran its first article by the group in December 2009. That article, on a proposed bipartisan debt commission, was criticized for Peterson’s outspoken opposition to national debt, and for containing a quote by the director of an organization that receives funding from Peterson’s foundation. Critics admonished both organizations for a lack of transparency, but the partnership remains intact.
The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is a nonprofit organization that focuses on investigative reporting at state and local levels. The center, based in Bismarck, N.D., was founded in 2009 by the Sam Adams Alliance, a conservative thinktank, and several of its employees have come from positions in conservative publications and political offices,…