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.
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
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
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?