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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.<br />
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Media Matters for America (MMA) falsely categorizes itself as a non-partisan news watchdog. Nothing could be further from the truth. <br />
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? MMA draws upon funding from left-wing organizations.<br />
? MMA targets conservative voices in the American media.<br />
? MMA picks public relations wars against FOX News and other outlets; news outlets which do, to point, pay taxes.<br />
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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:<br />
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?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??<br />
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/89098113/Media-Matters-Form-1023-Attachments<br />
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This runs counter to the exemption requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service, which clearly states:<br />
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?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.? <br />
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http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html<br />
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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.<br />
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We respectfully thank you for your time.

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Public Comments (58)
Nov 20th, 2017
Someone from Hughesville, MD writes:
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Do not give this group any tax exemption. They are funded by Soros so they don't need any exemption. They are the ones who are denying free speech and causing all of the violence.
Nov 13th, 2017
Someone from Puyallup, WA writes:
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The left has divided the country and Media Matters wants to shut free speech down , another left wing violent attempt to cause a war within the U.S .
Nov 13th, 2017
Someone from Puyallup, WA writes:
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The left has divided the country and Media Matters wants to shut free speech down , another left wing violent attempt to cause a war within the U.S .
Oct 1st, 2017
Someone from Wyoming, MN writes:
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Media Matter a non-profit, 501c? What a bunch of bull. To allow another "hate" group, assisted by George Soros, billionaire who openly states he hates the US and is a narcissist, get No taxes status. Time to fight back American taxpayer. The NFL is also a "non-profit".
May 24th, 2017
Someone from Windham, OH writes:
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Media matters paid 86000 for a charity auction! How can a non profit have 86k laying around for a lunch date with Rupert Murdoch?
Mar 5th, 2017
Someone from La Mesa, CA writes:
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Media Matters for America should be added to the list of domestic terrorist organizations.
Mar 2nd, 2017
Someone from Carlisle, PA writes:
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Media Matters is in fact, a Hate Group.
Feb 17th, 2017
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.
Jan 25th, 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/
Jan 25th, 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.
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