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Revoke the Non-Profit Status of Media Matters for America / MediaMatters.org

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We are petitioning your office today in hopes of drawing your attention to an unlawful tax exemption enjoyed by a non-profit 501(c)(3) called ?Media Matters for America,? or ?MediaMatters.org,? in hopes that policy makers take action to revoke their non-profit status.

Media Matters for America (MMA) falsely categorizes itself as a non-partisan news watchdog. Nothing could be further from the truth.

? MMA draws upon funding from left-wing organizations.
? MMA targets conservative voices in the American media.
? MMA picks public relations wars against FOX News and other outlets; news outlets which do, to point, pay taxes.

In fact, MMA explicitly states this partisan mission in their 88-page application for tax-exempt status, which attacks conservative news bias but says nothing of liberal news bias:

?It is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote corporate interests, rights of the wealthy, and a conservative Christian-influenced ideology??

http://www.scribd.com/doc/89098113/Media-Matters-Form-1023-Attachments

This runs counter to the exemption requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service, which clearly states:

?To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., 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.?

http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html

We are not asking for the stifling of free speech. To the contrary, MMA and similar political outfits can and should exercise their 1st Amendment rights to be heard. Instead, what we are requesting is a frank assessment of their partisan activities and history as a political organization, and that you move to revoke the undue non-profit status of MMA. We feel that opinion and partisan activity boasts a rich history in the United States, but is not to be subsidized by the US taxpayer through undeserved exemptions.

We respectfully thank you for your time.

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3 days ago
Someone from Taylor, MI writes:
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MMA allow its own kind (Filthy LIberals) to attack everyone who doesn't agree with them, with threats & vulgarity.
January 25, 2017
Someone from Saint Paul, MN writes:
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Does this look like a neutral organization? http://alphanewsmn.com/mn-congressman-skips-inauguration-impeachment-conference/
January 25, 2017
Someone from Saint Paul, MN writes:
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Media Matters is a bias political hate group towards any party who is not DFL. They should not have tax exempt status.
December 10, 2016
steve s. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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I am a liberal and as a liberal (I am a Christian first) I am for making the rich pay their fair share of taxes. No exceptions! The Koch brothers, Fox News, bankers on Wall Street, charities and so on. The more the merrier, bring them in, bring them all in!
December 10, 2016
steve s. from San Antonio, TX signed.
December 2, 2016
kevin c. from Seattle, WA writes:
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Media Matters is not impartial but it is biased propaganda and not eligible for tax exempt status.
5 months ago
Someone from Columbia, MO signed.
September 8, 2016
Someone from Williamsburg, VA signed.
August 5, 2016
Someone from Spring, TX writes:
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Inform your kids of this hate group, as they are the true target of this propaganda.
June 30, 2016
Someone from Spokane, WA writes:
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This isn't legal is it? I thought in order to be a 501c3 you had to be neutral. Isn't that what churches who are under that same code have to be?