First Media Matters:
David Brock Founder and CEO.
From Big Journalism:
By Ben Shapiro
February 17, 2012
The Daily Caller, continuing its yeoman work in exposing the Democratic scam that is Media Matters for America, has a comprehensive piece out today running down the list of donors to MMFA since 2003. Here’s what they came up with:
- The Tides Foundation, a George Soros-backed left-wing group, donated just under $4.4 million (although Soros’ cash for Tides was earmarked for other purposes). Soros wasn’t done yet, though – his Open Society Institutes donated another $1.1 million. Chalk up one for the international money-man socialist.
- The Ford Foundation gave nearly $1 million – an especially odd funding choice, given the fact that the Ford Foundation is supposed to be about charitable causes rather than political ones.
- The Sandler Foundation, headed up by subprime mortgage lenders Herb and Marion Sandler, handed over $400,000.
- Even MoveOn.org – remember when they were relevant? – forked over $50,000.
- Celebrity nitwit Barbra Streisand’s foundation gave the group $85,000; celebrity uber-nitwit Norman Lear’s foundation handed over $55,000, too.
- And, of course, the Joyce Foundation – a group on whose board one Barack Hussein Obama sat from 1994 to 2002 – gave $400,000, too.
Overall, it’s clear that MMFA is at the forefront of a network of like-minded “charitable organizations” passing the hat for the Democratic Party worldview.
Peter B. Lewis of Progressive Insurance also a donor to Media Matters. Muckety Map: http://www.muckety.com/Media-Matters/5024728.muck…
David Brock is also the founder of American Bridge 21st Century Another SuperPac.
American Bridge 21st Century
“super PAC” formed Nov. 23, 2011 [FEC] and 501(c)(4)
“American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not.”
Founder David Brock
Founder (May 2004) and CEO of Media Matters for America. Renounced conservative ties in 1997 (Esquire “Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man”). Investigative writer for The American Spectator. Editorial page editor at the Washington Times. Writer and senior editor at Insight magazine. B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, 1985. Author of five books.
Muckety Map of American Bridge:
Information about American Bridge 21st Century SuperPac: FEC filing
AMERICAN BRIDGE 21ST CENTURY
700 13TH STREET, NW, SUITE 600
WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Read full FEC report on American Bridge 21st Century HERE
In the FEC filing, David Brock is listed as the Treasurer. The founder of the organization is ALSO THE TREASURER?
Is this so David Brock can funnel money from Media Matters into American Bridge 21st Century without questions being asked about this?
Look at the email address for Amer. Bridge 21st Century: PLGroup@PerkinsCoie.com
Perkins Coie is the Lawyer group that has been protecting Obama from birthers and those looking for his school/SS records. Obama’s Chief White House Counsel, Robert Bauer is from Perkins Coie.
Re: Robert Bauer
Is a man known by the company he keeps?
Anita Dunn: Communications director: Exposed as a Mao Zedong admirer. Then stepped down, HOWEVER her husband,Robert Bauer, a former partner at Perkins Coie (law firm involved in the Obama birth certificate inquiry) is now personal counsel to Obama and is the White House counsel. (Link) (Link). Anita Dunn is actually credited with leading the charge of criticism of the Fox News Channel in 2009.
Robert Bauer and Anita Dunn (Spouse) in Obama’s White House. Nepotism? Or Political Protectionism? UPDATE! Bauer is “IN”
Why did Obama move Robert Bauer (married to Mao lover Anita Dunn; previous advisor in White House) into the Chief legal advisor position? Robert Bauer is from Perkins Coie, the law firm that was fighting those wanting birth certificate records. Anyone dare to ask?
Federal Election Commission records show $1,352,378.95 in payments were made by Obama for America to Perkins Coie while the law firm was representing Obama in various court cases which have sought to obtain Obama’s long-form birth certificate to determine if he is a “natural born” citizen under Article Two, Section 1 of the Constitution.
Bauer, a Democratic Party partisan, has a long history of defending Democratic Party presidential hopefuls.
A biography for Bauer posted on the Perkins Coie website indicates he was general counsel to the Democratic National Committee during the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry and that he served as counsel to Sen. Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader in the impeachment trial proceedings of President Bill Clinton.
Call it “political archaeology.”
When wealthy donors want to help dig dirt about the right, they often turn to American Bridge 21st Century.
Roll Call describes the super PAC as “the opposition research hub of the Democratic fundraising apparatus.”
The committee was founded by David Brock, a reformed conservative who started Media Matters, a group that monitors Fox and other conservative media.
The PAC, in turn, follows Republican and conservative politicians. When Sen. Scott Brown attacked Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren on earmarks, the PAC published his own promise to “continue to bring home the pork.”
American Bridge videographers track GOP candidates around the country, hoping to capture any “macaca” moments.
The PAC reported raising $3.7 million and spending $2.9 million last year.
The above Muckety map shows some of the most generous, most connected contributors. (We recommend looking at the larger version, where you have more room to expand and move relationships.)
Major donors include two bundlers for the 2012 Obama campaign – Wayne Jordan and Paul Egerman.
Unions such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME and SEIU have also supported the PAC’s efforts. Other contributors come from the entertainment, tech and financial sectors.
Several heirs are also on the list, including Agnes Gund, former president of the Museum of Modern Art, Anne Earhart of the Getty family and Robert McKay of the Taco Bell fortune.
Of interesting note:
Media Matters claims to be a 501(c) 3 organization. LINK
American Bridge 21st Century claims to be a 501(c)4 organization. LINK
Comparing 501(c)3s and 501(c)4s
501c3 and 501c4 organizations are very similar in many respects. In fact, any organization that qualifies for a 501c3 tax-exemption would also qualify for a 501c4. There are, however, important differences.
- Both 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4)s must be run as not for profits.
- Neither 501(c)(3)s nor 501(c)(4) earnings may benefit a private shareholder or individual.
- Both 501c3 and 501c4 organizations are exempt from paying federal income tax. State tax-exemption status varies by state.
Lobbying (trying to affect legislation):
- 501(c)3s are limited in the amount of time and/or money they can put into lobbying.
- 501(c)4s can do an unlimited amount of lobbying (but then become ineligible to receive federal monies like grants).
Political campaign activity:
- 501(c)3s cannot in any way support or oppose anyone running for public office, though they may be involved in political campaigns by way of non-partisan public forums, voter registration drives, etc.
- 501(c)4s can engage in political campaign activity, so long as this is consistent with the organization’s purpose and is not the organization’s primary activity.
- Donations to 501(c)3s are deductible to the full extent of the law.
- Donations to 501(c)4s that are public entities (ie, state, local governments, volunteer fire stations) are deductible if they are used for public services. Donations to other 501(c)4s are not deductible.
Should your organization be a 501(c)3 or a 501(c)4?
If you are planning on doing limited or no lobbying and no campaigning, then you probably want the 501(c)3 tax-exemption so that people can benefit from donating to your organization (unless you represent the state or a political subdivision thereof). However, if your organization will be doing substantial lobbying or any campaigning, you should form a 501(c)4.