The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The Center is non-partisan and non-advocacy and committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around the world. The Center's mission is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable. Located in Washington, DC, the Center for Public Integrity has conducted investigations into many topics; the environment, public health, public accountability, federal and state lobbying, war profiteering, and financial disclosure, all of which have a public integrity component.
In 1997, the Center launched the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity that globally extends the Center’s watchdog style of journalism in the public interest by marshaling the talents of the world’s leading investigative reporters.
The Center releases its reports via its web site, press releases, and news advisories to all forms of media; broadcast, print, online, and blogs, throughout the U.S. and around the globe. The Center's 2004, "The Buying of the President" book was on the New York Times bestseller list for three months after its January 2004 publication. The Center also collects and organizes the public records it gathers into online databases so that other reporters and the public have access to the information. In 2006, Slate media critic Jack Shafer described the Center as having "broken as many stories as almost any big-city daily in the last couple of decades".
The Center receives funding from a large variety of foundations, philanthropic, and private donors. The Center does not accept anonymous donations, government grants and does not lobby, promote or endorse any legislation, policy, political party, or organization.