Sign the Petition: We Call for an Audit of David Brock’s Media Matters Conglomerate.


David Brock’s Media Matters for America, and the 13 organizations they share office space with, are long overdue for a proper audit.

We call upon the Department of Justice to audit David Brock’s 7 non-profits, 3 Super PACs, one 527-committee, one LLC, one joint fundraising committee, and one unregistered solicitor operating out of his Washington DC office:

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW 6th floor, Washington, DC 20001

  1. Media Matters for America (501(c)3)
  2. Media Matters Action Network (501(c)4)
  3. Correct the Record (Super PAC)
  4. American Bridge 21st Century (Super PAC)
  5. Franklin Forum PAC
  6. American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (501(c)4)
  7. The Franklin Education Forum (501(c)3)
  8. The Franklin Forum (501(c)4)
  9. The American Independent (501(c)3)
  10. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington DC (501(c)3)
  11. American Democracy Legal Fund (527 Committee)
  12. The Bonner Group (Professional Solicitor)
  13. American Priorities Joint Fundraising Committee
  14. Franklin Strategies LLC

 

Through analysis of publicly available non-profit IRS tax returns, FEC filings, and business registration documents, we’ve identified a litany of fraudulent and illegal activities occurring within the Media Matters conglomerate:

 

1) The Clinton Campaign’s purchase of American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC Research in late 2015

On December 4th, 2015, the Clinton Campaign purchased opposition research from American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC.  They lied in their reporting to the FEC in an effort to hide the transaction.

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2) The Clinton Campaign’s illegal coordination with American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC

The assistant treasurer of Correct the Record, a Super PAC that openly coordinates with the Clinton Campaign, is also the assistant treasurer, registered agent, and custodian of records for American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC.

In total, 8 individuals are shown to have collected pay from both Correct the Record and American Bridge 21st Century during the same pay periods.  This provides reasonable suspicion that the Clinton Campaign is illegally coordinating with American Bridge 21st Century.

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3) Fraudulent tax returns filed by Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America receives rent payments from American Bridge 21st Century Super PAC, but doesn’t report the rental income in their tax returns.

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4) The conglomerate’s use of an unregistered solicitor, the Bonner Group

The Bonner Group represents the entire fundraising overhead for the Media Matters conglomerate, but they aren’t properly registered in Washington DC or any of the States they raise funds in.

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5) Fraudulent transfers of money between the organizations in the conglomerate

Analysis of FEC filings and IRS tax returns show a constant flow of money between the listed organizations.  The Bonner Group receives a 12.5% cut every time money is moved.

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Enough is enough

David Brock’s Media Matters conglomerate has been illegally influencing American public policy for far too long.

There’s only so much information available for public review. It’s time for the Department of Justice to review these claims and conduct a full audit of these organizations.

Please sign the petition here:  https://www.change.org/p/united-states-department-of-justice-audit-correct-the-record-and-the-media-matters-conglomerate

 

 

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