According to its website, Media Matters for America, the George Soros-funded left wing hit squad, is a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” The very premise is somewhat laughable – there is far more liberal misinformation in the U.S. media than conservative misinformation. But let’s take their “about us” at face value and assume that yes, indeed, their sole goal is to fight conservative propaganda.
There’s only one problem.
They violate their 501(c)3 charitable exemption on a daily basis.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, any 501(c)3 charitable organization “may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities.” The IRS doesn’t leave the prohibition at that. Such organizations are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” This includes “public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.” Just to ensure that this is perfectly clear, the IRS adds, “voter education … with evidence of bias that … have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.”
The IRS also gives examples of such prohibited activity. One of those examples is that of an organizational leader who, at an organizational event, proclaims support for a particular political position during an election cycle. “You have the power” to accomplish X, the leader says. “Use that power when you go to the polls and cast your vote in the election for your state senator.” This would violate the organization’s 501(c)3 exemption.
This is what Media Matters does on a regular basis. They constantly endorse political positions and back candidates – particularly President Obama. Media Matters constantly endorses political positions, which is fine. Unfortunately, they also endorse candidates … and one candidate especially.
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