Media Transparency "tracks the impact of conservative philanthropy on the media, both through a database of grant information and through original research." The Media Transparency website features a database that allow users to search for foundations that have funded various conservative groups. It was created in 1999 by Cursor.org, as an expansion of an investigation of a conservative think tank in Minnesota, which revealed "an interconnected web of conservative organizations spanning the gamut from academia to law to religion to publishing to politics, all being funded and coordinated by a relatively small but wealthy group of philanthropies." The database contains grant information on 37 conservative philanthropies dating back as far as 1985.
In December 2008, Media Matters Action Network, a partner organization to Media Matters for America, acquired the website from Cursor and relaunched it in November, 2009 as Conservative Transparency.
- "About This Website," Media Transparency, accessed May 24, 2009.
- "Media Matters Action Network acquires MediaTransparency.org from Cursor, Inc.," MediaTransparency.org, December 12, 2008.
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