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Getting Cocky

Over at Media Matters For America, the mask -- and the gloves -- are off. They've issued their declaration of war. Founder (and George Soros buttmonkey) David Brock has issued his declaration of war:


"The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment... the new strategy is a war on Fox."

This confirms a memo Brock issued in 2010 outlining this new direction:

"Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press. Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public."
This makes it apparent to me that Media Matters doesn't have any tax lawyers on staff -- or, if they do, they're too busy writing down every single word Glenn Beck says to do their real jobs.

According to Media Matters' charter, their official mission is to "counter conservative misinformation in the media." That charter is what got them their tax-exempt status.

Now, follow this chain of logic:

Fox News, according to Media Matters, is the leader of the Republican Party.

Media Matters has declared war on Fox News.

Therefore, Media Matters has declared war on the leader of the Republican Party.


According to the law that grants Media Matters their tax-exempt status,

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) 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. Contributions to political campaign funds or 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 clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

The Internal Revenue Service provides resources to exempt organizations and the public to help them understand the prohibition. As part of its examination program, the IRS also monitors whether organizations are complying with the prohibition.


Now, I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that declaring and waging "war" (my, such violent rhetoric!) against the "leader" of one particular political party, bending all one's resources towards destroying that "leader," is a seriously partisan activity.


But don't expect any action on this. The duty for enforcing this law falls upon the Treasury Department, headed up by Treasury Secretary (and confessed tax cheat) Timothy "TurboTax Tim" Geithner. If there's one thing that the Obama regime has made clear, it's that it has little interest in enforcing inconvenient laws on their allies and supporters. Which is entirely consistent with President Obama's own history, who has never once taken a firm stand against corruption or wrongdoing within his party's ranks.


Say, is there any way for an individual to file a complaint against Media Matters' tax-exempt status?


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Comments (36)

SOROSSS!!!!Whether... (Below threshold)
Chico:

SOROSSS!!!!

Whether it's a 501(c)(3), (c)(4), or a 527, Soros ain't paying any taxes, because you have to have net income for that.

So BFD.

He doesn't have any net inc... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

He doesn't have any net income? Oh, man! That's pathetic!

I propose we all take up a collection for him - for certainly the only thing standing between him having to live on the streets and being able to keep a roof over his head is the charity of other gullible saps!

SOROSSS!!!!Soros h... (Below threshold)
Chico:

SOROSSS!!!!

Soros has plenty of income himself, of course. He probably pays less taxes than I do.

MediaMatters isn't going to pay any taxes, though. So it should be a 527 and not a 501(c)(3) -- no taxes either way.

"Soros has plenty of income... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Soros has plenty of income himself, of course. He probably pays less taxes than I do"

Oh, well that's all right then. I was worried about where he could bum some jet fuel so he could add to the carbon problem.

A group or individual can c... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

A group or individual can challenge an organizations tax exemption status. The left did it many times to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. I think the republicans should take a play from the dem's playbook. Spend some money draining Media Matters budget defending their stand. ww

So, Chico, by focusing excl... (Below threshold)

So, Chico, by focusing exclusively on a four-word parenthetical aside I made, you're accepting the substance of the rest of my posting outside those parentheses? Thanks for the support!

J.

"The strategy that we had h... (Below threshold)
LiberalNItemare:

"The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment... the new strategy is a war on Fox."

You don't change a strategy if its working.

Soros is irrelevant. The q... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Soros is irrelevant. The question is should the political groups operation as 5o1c retain there status. BTW 527 do have to pay taxes.

Again I say everyone pays 15% tax no exemptions simple tax code and everyone is equal. No taxes on savings because you were already taxed when you earned the money.

you're accepting the sub... (Below threshold)
Chico:

you're accepting the substance of the rest of my posting outside those parentheses?

Yes, you have a point, although the point could also be made about some churches and things like Pat Robertson's operation, such as the Christian Broadcasting Network and "American Center for Law and Justice" both of which are blatantly partisan and political.

As with MediaMatters, 527 is probably more appropriate.

I suppose the issue is the deductibility of donations rather than the taxation of the non-profit itself.

I'm not too much in favor of policing speech through the tax code, though. Unless it's an organization trying to rip off people using political rhetoric, I don't really care.

David Brock is such a dweeb... (Below threshold)
Michael Lang:

David Brock is such a dweeb. I am sure Fox is soooo scared. THis idiocy will only boost Fox's rating.

Just as the other Media Mat... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Just as the other Media Matters stunts, this one is also doomed to fail. Since when has anything the left wing goons ever tried worked out? You can be sure if a conservative 501(c)(3) went after the New York Slimes or any other state controlled media outlet, the entities would have their tax exempt status removed in a heartbeat. Oh btw, Fox News is a for profit organization, so they can do anything they want in the political arena.

Chico, it's not a matter of... (Below threshold)

Chico, it's not a matter of "policing speech through the tax code" -- MMFA CHOSE to seek tax-exempt status. By that choice, they agreed to obey certain restrictions on their behavior. No one forced them to ask for it, no one forces them to keep it.

And now they're flouting the rules they agreed to abide by. So their benefit should go away.

The chances of Geithner, Holder, Obama, or any of the rest of the corrupt regime doing anything about it: squat.

J.

Chico, it's not a matter... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Chico, it's not a matter of "policing speech through the tax code" -- MMFA CHOSE to seek tax-exempt status. By that choice, they agreed to obey certain restrictions on their behavior. No one forced them to ask for it, no one forces them to keep it.

The problem with that is that the restrictions aren't that clear. For example, some Catholic bishops and ministers urged people to vote for McCain, other clergy urged voting for Obama. Is a political endorsment or condemnation of a politician from the pulpit a reason to take away tax-exempt status, even if it comes from sincere religious belief? That is the tax people policing speech.

OK, Chico's realized his fi... (Below threshold)

OK, Chico's realized his first tactic's failed -- quick, change the subject! -- and is moving on to the next step: tu quoque.

Yes, there are gray areas in the law. Here, though, it's black and white: a legally non-partisan group has -- in its own words -- "declared war" on what it describes as the leadership of one of the two major political parties. They've officially lost any claim to being non-partisan.

But nothing will come of it, because they're allies of the corrupt Obama regime. And allies of Obama are ignored and passively protected as long as possible, then tossed under the bus when they prove to be more embarrassing than assets.

It's how Barack rolls.

J.

The left has dropped the pr... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The left has dropped the pretense and has let us know exactly what they think.

Rep Capuano, D (MA) exhorted union thugs to go out and "Get a little bloody". Frank Lautenburg, D (NJ) said last week that conservatives, "Don't deserve their constitutional rights".

Multiple leftists have publicly declared war against their political opponents and have made it clear that they will not be satisfied until we are stripped of our property and our rights to pay for their ideological demands. They have shown that they will use any means necessary including rioting, violence and corrupting the legislative and the court systems. When in power they will selectively enforce the laws exempting themselves from them (Black panthers, Geitner, Rangel, Dodd etc) and they will use the freedoms they are allowed to take those very same freedoms from the rest of us.

The time has come to stop pretending that we all believe in the same country. The left believes in rule by force and cradle to grave government control of our lives. The current economic crisis has made it clear to them that they must grasp for that now or lose their opportunity to achieve that.

(1) Let's hope Fox crushes ... (Below threshold)
John S:

(1) Let's hope Fox crushes Media Matters like a bug.
(2) Fox should challenge Media Matters' tax exemption status.
(3) George Soros should be arrested, tried, and executed for Nazi war crimes. (How many thousands of Jews did he round up and send to the Nazi's gas chambers?)

David Brooks, Media Matters... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

David Brooks, Media Matters and George Soros are all just a distraction. Concentrate on the up coming elections (like WI) and electing small government/fiscally responsible candidates to office in 2012.

Deal with the distractions afterward. Always remember: business before pleasure.

Hey chico, Do what... (Below threshold)
Barry's caddy:

Hey chico,

Do what Barry does. Find some dead voters to vote + for you.

Sadly, if Media Matters was... (Below threshold)

Sadly, if Media Matters was rational, logical, and consistent, then this is what the headlines would look like today:

OBAMA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

hmmm... the url sh... (Below threshold)
Soros makes income. He has ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Soros makes income. He has a significant holding in Haliburton. A couple of million shares valued at greater than $60M I do believe. Still had them unless he's sold them in the last couple of weeks.

I guess only the koch broth... (Below threshold)
warchildwarchild:

I guess only the koch brothers should get to influence butt monkeys right jay tea?

I didn't realize George Sor... (Below threshold)
LiberalNItemare:

I didn't realize George Soros had a brother

I love the left's frothing ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I love the left's frothing fascination and contempt for Fox News, the ONLY major news network that dares to conservative viewpoints and shows. God forbid The Big Three, PBS, CNN and MSNBC, which makes Fox outnumbered 6-1, have competition. Now Media Matters is declaring "war" on Fox. What a bunch of pathetic and whiny crapweasels.

Media Matters and the Democ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Media Matters and the Democratic Party are merely the above-ground wings of the CPUSA.

They are to the CPUSA as Sinn Fein was to the Provisional IRA. It's as simple as that.

I guess only the koch broth... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

I guess only the koch brothers should get to influence butt monkeys right jay tea?

22. Posted by warchildwarchild | March 28, 2011 12:39 PM |

Um, maybe you should familiarize yourself with this particular situation before you play the "koch" card.

In particular you might want to read up exactly which billionaire provides funding to Media matters.

Thanks

warchild, as is usual, is l... (Below threshold)

warchild, as is usual, is late to the conversation. Chico already played the Soros card, and got spanked for it. See comment #6.

J.

Chico and warchild got exci... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

Chico and warchild got excited and went to spank their own monkey

What a butt muncher warbaby... (Below threshold)
914:

What a butt muncher warbaby is. Chico and the baby.

Sounds like a sit com?

warchild, as is usual, is l... (Below threshold)
warchildwarchild:

warchild, as is usual, is late to the conversation. Chico already played the Soros card, and got spanked for it. See comment #6.
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It was as poorly thought out as the rest of your post.

Chico and warchild got exci... (Below threshold)
warchildwarchild:

Chico and warchild got excited and went to spank their own monkey
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Olsoljer is what happens when you cut education in this country. Don't let this happen to your kids.

It should be very interesti... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

It should be very interesting to see how long MM's tax exempt status lasts. You can bet the farm that it will be just after they become a liability to the (P)resident.

And I see warbaby is even w... (Below threshold)

And I see warbaby is even worse than Chico at actually addressing the issue, when he can instead focus on four words used as a parenthetical aside.

Sometimes I set these up JUST to see how fast and how many trolls jump on it...

J.

Makes for good entertainmen... (Below threshold)
RFA:

Makes for good entertainment.

Monee make peepole reed goo... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Monee make peepole reed good?

Bishops and Priests DO NOT speak politics from the pulpit. They do speak outside the church. ww

Soros's butt must be crowde... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Soros's butt must be crowded with Brock and O'Dumbo in there at the same time. If the Hippo Michelle decides to join them it's the end of Soros.




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