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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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?
Propaganda was made legal under Obama and looking at mediamatters its not hard to see why.

This is created a divisiveness unseen in my lifetime. Propaganda machines deserve no exemptions. Theyre a very large part of the problem and while they may fool the average fool who doesnt pay attention to whats going on, it doesnt fool the rest of us!

Remove mediamatters tax exempt status asap and stop being so agenda driven. Youre ruining this great nation with transparent partisan hackery.
They are totally biased and are supporting Hillary Clinton despite the provisions of the tax-free status.
How can this organization be anything than News and Propaganda outlet for the Democratic/Communist Party ? They exist for one purpose only--That is to subvert the Republic of the United States to further the advancement of Communism.
More evidence of an administration who thinks you have to agree with them to have rights or be treated fairly.
Undermining the election for fair due process, by falsified statements on candidates, religious freedoms, 2nd amendment, which goes against tax exempt status requirements. On multi levels, of interference of freedom, free speech. Freedom being stolen by this " extended arm"of liberal DemocRATS party. if U want to donate, to them, they hide tax ID# from public view, which means they are not legal business or " community" organizations. Or hiding something illegal!
Media Matters is violating its exemption as an educational foundation by actively participating in partisan political activities. Specifically the IRS application for 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation status, Section VIII, Question I
I see Media Matters comments daily on Twitter and they are definitely not working within IRS rules for tax exempt status.
end the leftist tyranny. if Media Matters for Liberal America were a legit tax exempt ombudsperson, wouldn't they have to post one righty article every decade or so?