Media Matters: Bought and Paid For by the One Percent

The DC examines the tax records of David Brock’s gilded loony bin.

  • Together, Media Matters and Media Matters Action collected $14.6 million in 2010. That represented a massive increase over the $8.1 million the groups raised in 2009.
  • While Media Matters does not publicly identify any of its donors, it is required to disclose the largest dollar amounts it received from individual contributors. Its 21 most generous donors gave more than $7.6 million in 2010 — more than half the total it raised. Two of those donors contributed more than $1 million each.
  • Media Matters reported paying more than $5.7 million in salaries and benefits, including to seven staffers who earned more than $100,000 each. CEO David Brock was compensated by both Media Matters and Media Matters Action, with a total package of more than $299,000. Eric Boehlert racked up over $119,000 in compensation, making him one of the best-paid bloggers in Washington.
Nearly $300,000 to wage war on Fox? That’s more than the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs makes to wage war on the Taliban. Quite a bit more.

And then there’s this little nugget:

Media Matters reported at the end of 2010 that $612,500 of its assets were “restricted” by donors to be applied to “gun and public safety issues.” During this time, The Daily Caller has already reported, Brock’s personal assistant was carrying a holstered and concealed Glock handgun when he accompanied Brock to events.

Well, in Brock’s defense, don’t you have to pack heat when you’re the self-appointed captain of the president’s palace guard?

Ed Morrissey suggests that Media Matters’ partisanship ought not be investigated by Congress, preferring some giant overhaul of campaign finance law instead. And the driver behind that will be…? In a divided Congress with a shrill partisan atop the regime?

Ain’t gonna happen. Last time Congress mucked around with campaign finance law, it and the Republican president actually made the whole thing worse. Confidence in Washington to clean up the scheme that keeps it in power and its lawyers employed is misplaced, regardless of party. It’s just a fact of life in the swamp.

So investigate away. Expose Media Matters for what it is — an anti-Semitic soup of nuts and worse that is abusing the law to cheat the public out of taxes it ought to pay, while it backs a president who keeps on shilling for higher taxes. Expose their hypocrisy, and disrupt their narrative at every turn.



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