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The 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 , a conservative thinktank, and several of its have come from positions in conservative publications and political offices, though it says it . The center’s websites focus on .

The center had a  in 2012, many of which have . It has been for having a conservative outlook . The center’s president, Jason Stverak, the source of its funding, though some of the individual sites are with . The lack of transparency caused its Illinois site to be in the state capitol press bureau.

The center runs a group of state-specific sites that cover state and local government called , with sites in as of mid-2012, including , , , , , , , , , , , and . It also runs state government-oriented sites in and . Most of the sites are staffed by a single reporter, though they use contributions from  and have a called Watchdog Wire.

The center also conservative thinktanks and websites in reporting.

The Sam Adams Alliance also for , a Houston-based state government-focused site . Texas Watchdog has on an investigative report.

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