Watchdog.org is a network of state-based watchdog reporters keeping an eye on government corruption and transparency that was begun in September 2009. Together, the sites are a nationwide effort to give citizens and elected representatives solid, factual reporting on issues relevant and significant to the nation. It is the brainchild of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.
Some states have their own website on the Watchdog domain, while others publish the states' information on their organizations' websites. Many reporters in the network work at non-profits in individual states, so the Franklin Center doesn’t edit all of the material.
Watchdog.org's editor and investigative reporter, Bill McMorris, was the first in the nation to provide an outline forall 440 phantom Congressional Districts that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan's website created.
“For the last five years as the Kansas Meadowlark I’ve attempted to publish political money stories, non-profit stories, and other information often ignored by the mainstream press,” Glynn wrote in his final post on the former blog.
Glynn and Paul Soutar write for Kansas Watchdog, focusing on inefficiencies of government and government waste. They also concentrate on political corruption and actions going against free-market principles and core values of the United States and Kansas constitutions.
The Maryland Public Policy Institute does the investigative journalistic watchdog work for Maryland.
The Mackinac Center houses the investigative watchdog work for the state of Michigan.
The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota provides Minnesota citizens with the independent news and investigative journalism to keep them informed.
Nebraska Watchdog is a non-partisan news website dedicated to investigative and political reporting affiliated and funded in part by the non-profit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and Pete Ricketts, founder of Drakon LLC, an asset management firm based in Omaha, Nebraska.
- See also: Nebraska Watchdog
The Nevada Policy Research Institute sponsors the investigative journalism that keeps Nevada residents up on the latest in transparency and corruption news.
New Mexico Watchdog is led by Jim Scarantino, its editor and investigative reporter, to accomplish the mission of shedding transparency light on New Mexico. It is a project of the Rio Grande Foundation.
Scarantino was the first in the nation to report about the congressional district stimulus errors on November 16, 2009.
Oklahoma Watchdog is operated by Andrew W. Griffin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was created as a website where the public can go for "original, throughtful and detailed investigative reporting" through print articles, video reports, blog posts and podcasts. It also links to articles from other newspaper websites and media outlets, particularly those that shine a light on both state and local government.
The Commonwealth Foundation has investigative reporters who uncover what Pennsylvania residents need to know.
Tennessee Watchdog is a non-profit, non-partisan investigative reporting and watchdog journalism website that monitors the activities of state, local and federal government officials and agencies in Tennessee. It provides information and in-depth reporting on politicians, government agencies and the workings of government in the Volunteer state.
The editor is veteran investigate journalist Clint Brewer and it is a publication of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, one of the original think-tanks in the country to fund non-profit journalism and investigative reporting. 
Old Dominion Watchdog is the Virginia watchdog site dedicated to unbiased news reporting in order to promote responsible state and local government. The site aims to uncover the actions of government officials and agencies, offering carefully researched facts, context and analysis, investigating and informing the public about waste, fraud, abuse, ethical questions and safety concerns involving the use of taxpayer dollars. It also aims to applaud government services that are run efficiently and make exceptional use of minimal dollars.
West Virginia Watchdog is place where the West Virginia public can go for original, thorough investigative reporting through weekly print articles, video reports, blogs, and podcasts. It also links to articles from other newspapers and media outlets, shining a light on government, both local and state.
Found errors in ARRA
On November 16-17, 2009, Watchdog.org reporters found many errors in the $787 billion plan that showed the plan set aside money for districts that do not exist. According to Recovery.gov, the plan shows its funds will go to 884 Congressional districts, even though there are actually only 435.
The administrators at Recovery.gov eventually consolidated the fictitious Congressional districts into "unassigned congressional districts."
The following news sources sited Watchdog.org on the matter:
- Wall Street Journal
- Washington Times
- Washington Examiner and Washington Examiner job map
- FoxNews and FoxNation
- News Blaze
- CNS News
- Savannah News Gazette
- Tulsa Today
- Frederick News Post
- The Wichita Eagle
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- The New Mexico Independent
- Houston Chronicle
- American Spectator
- National Review
- The Hill
- Insider Online
- Reason and Reason on Ohio
- Hot Air
- WZZM 13 ABC
- Watchdog website
- Kansas Watchdog website
- Nebraska Watchdog website
- New Mexico Watchdog website
- New Hampshire Watchdog website
- Old Dominion Watchdog website
- Oklahoma Watchdog website
- Tennessee Watchdog website
- West Virginia Watchdog website
- Pelican Institute website
- MD Policy website
- Mackinac Center website
- Freedom Foundation of Minnesota website
- Montana Policy website
- Nevada Policy Research Institute website
- Report Public Corruption website
- Ohio Watchdog website
- Cascade Policy website
- Commonwealth Foundation website
- SC Policy Council website
- Texas Watchdog website
- Evergreen Freedom Foundation website
- MacIver Institute website
- Wyoming Reporter website
- ↑ FAQs for Watchdog.org
- ↑ "New government gadfly site, Kansas Watchdog" Wichitopekington, Wichita Eagle, September 16, 2009
- ↑ Pelican Institute
- ↑ Nebraska Watchdog website
- ↑ New Hampshire reporter to announce candidacy for phantom congressional seat UPDATED, Washington Examiner, November 20, 2009
- ↑ About Ohio Watchdog
- ↑ Oklahoma Watchdog website
- ↑ Tennessee Watchdog website
- ↑ Old Dominion Watchdog website
- ↑ West Virginia Watchdog website
- ↑ $6.4 Billion Stimulus goes to Phantom Districts, Watchdog.org, November 17, 2009
- ↑ Stimulus Creates Jobs in Non-Existent Congressional Districts, Watchdog.org, November 16, 2009
- ↑ Recovery.gov Phantom Districts Are No More, Watchdog.org, November 18, 2009