Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mark Levin: Media Matters is a Criminal Enterprise

Radio host Mark Levin was on a tear Friday (via Hot Air):

This, which was created specifically as the brown-shirts of the Clinton crime family... they have these phony think-tanks... and we get to this group, run by David Brock, called Media Matters... I knew David Brock when he was conservative and Republican...

Media Matters claims to be a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization... it's not allowed to get involved in politics... because you and I are subsidizing it, because it's tax exempt... yet they have never criticized a leftist talk show host on Air America, ever. They have never criticized Keith Olbermann, never. They only criticize the meda when the media does a story that is unfavorable to the [Clinton] crime family leaders...

I believe they are in clear violation of the Internal Revenue Code, the 501(c)(3) status that's been conferred on them... I believe every time they file a tax return, telling the government that 'we're non-political, non-partisan' and that they sign the tax-return on penalty of perjury, I believe that they're committing perjury.

If there was ever a lawsuit against this group, and there was full discovery of emails, phone logs, and testimony under oath or in depositions, the whole game would be up and they'd be completely exposed for what they are. Which is: a criminal enterprise, in the sense that they are, in my view... violating the tax code...

Until listening to Hot Air's replay of Levin's comments, I had never realized how politically active Media Matters really is. Do a search on Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney on the MM site and you'll see a stunning, one-sided theme that gives every appearance of a Clinton front site.

Here's a quick -- but by no means complete -- gallery of items from the Media Matters site captured in just the last week.

From the looks of things, Hillary's scared to death of Mitt Romney.

So, exactly what are the tax-exemption requirements for 501(c)(3) organizations -- as Media Matters claims it is? The IRS describes them this way:

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3)... it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates...

Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct...

For a 501(c)(3) organization, the IRS neatly defines "Political Campaign Activity."

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. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax... 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.

Check and mate, morons.

Please go to the IRS site and do what I did: report Media Matters' utterly partisan activities as suspected tax fraud. You may be entitled to a reward for the report.

It's high time that taxpayers stopped subsidizing a political action committee for Hillary Clinton.

Also see: Flopping Aces, The Shadow Party

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