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Media Matters' Funding Background...

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The most prominent group involved in MM's funding is the Democracy Alliance (DA):

 

 

The Democracy Alliance has funding and other links to MM:

 

Who are the direct donors to Media Matters?

 

The following foundations and groups are documented as granting money to MM:

 

The following wealthy individuals have donated to MM either through foundations or directly:

 

The extent of George Soros' links to MM:

 

Statements by MM employees:

 

Did Hillary Clinton Found MM?

·        At the 2007 YearlyKos foundation, Hillary Clinton referred to ""institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress."[xlvi]

o       This is apparently poetic license on Clinton's part.  One mainstream newspaper reports that Clinton "advised Brock on creating the group, encouraging the creation of a liberal equivalent of the Media Research Center."[xlvii]

o       The same article continues: "Clinton's extended family of contributors, consultants, and friends has played a pivotal role in helping Media Matters grow from a $3.5 million start-up in 2004 to its current [as September 2006] $8.5 million budget."[xlviii]

·        An analysis of media reports, financial disclosures, and several published investigations of MM does not reveal any evidence that Hillary Clinton was directly involved in MM's founding. 

·        A reasonable inference from the available data is that at most Clinton gave advice and possibly steered some donations that way, but there is scant documentary evidence to this effect.

 

…However, there is significant overlap between Bill and Hillary Clinton staffers and MM:

The following individuals have worked for both MM and the Clintons (or close to them):

 

Initial Summary and Assessment:

o       An initial review of Media Matters' funding sources shows that many donors have given to a numerous, and overlapping group of left or far-left-leaning, or otherwise radical groups…

o       Including one (CAIR) widely suspected of links to Hamas.  

o       One (Global Exchange) described as a propaganda arm of Venezuela, and whom research suggests sympathizes with designated terrorist sponsoring countries.

o       The foundations and individuals donating to MM have strong ties to the Democratic Party and Democratic and liberal causes.

o       No link with Code Pink was identified, although further research could uncover a link.

o       George Soros has donated to groups who have received funds from MM donors, and the Soros-linked Democracy Alliance has steered funds to MM.


 

 

Endnotes:

 

 


[i]"A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding," Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, July 17, 2006.

[ii] "A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding," Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, July 17, 2006.

[iii] "Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008 http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[iv] "Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008 http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[v] "Big $$ for Progressive Politics" The Nation, By Ari Berman, September 28, 2006

[vi] "A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding," Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, July 17, 2006.

[vii] "A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding," Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, July 17, 2006.

[viii] "A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding," Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, July 17, 2006.

[ix]"Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008. http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[x] "Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008. http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[xi] "Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008. http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[xii] "Media Matters for America: Soros-Funded Watchdog Attacks Conservatives," Rondi Adams, Foundation Watch report, July 2007, http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1185463420.pdf.

[xiii] "Billionaires for Big Government: What's Next for George Soros's Democracy Alliance?" Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger, Foundation Watch Report, January 2008 http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1198857554.pdf.

[xiv] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[xv] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004.

[xvi] "Media Matters: Hillary's Lap Dogs," John Perazzo, FrontPageMagazine.com, July 13, 2007.

[xvii] "David Brock Group Backpedals on Soros Funding," Marc Morano, CNSNews.com, March 3, 2005.

[xviii] "Media Matters for America Treasurer among Who's Who on George Soros Democracy Alliance,"

 Judi McLeod, canadafreepress.com, January 14, 2008, accessed July 27, 2008.

[xix] "Soros-Funded Media Matters Attacks Conservatives," Rondi Adamson, October 29, 2007, Human Events, http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=23079, accessed July 25, 2008.

[xx] Tides Foundation data at Discover the Networks site, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5184, accessed July 27, 2008.

[xxi] Ibid, and "The American Friends of Hugo Chavez: Dial 1-800-4-TYRANT," Ana Maria Ortiz and Matthew Vadum, Foundation Watch report, March 2008, http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1204310378.pdf

Also IRS form 990.

[xxii] "David Brock Group Backpedals on Soros Funding," Marc Morano, CNSNews.com, March 3, 2005.

[xxiii] "Media Matters for America: Soros-Funded Watchdog Attacks Conservatives," Rondi Adams, Foundation Watch report, July 2007, http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1185463420.pdf.

[xxiv] NDN Website, "About Us," http://www.ndn.org/about/, accessed July 26, 2008.

[xxv]  "David Brock Group Backpedals on Soros Funding," Marc Morano, CNSNews.com, March 3, 2005.

[xxvi] http://www.undueinfluence.com/schumann_foundation.htm

[xxvii] "The American Friends of Hugo Chavez: Dial 1-800-4-TYRANT," Ana Maria Ortiz and Matthew Vadum, Foundation Watch report, March 2008, http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1204310378.pdf

Also IRS form 990.

[xxviii] "The American Friends of Hugo Chavez: Dial 1-800-4-TYRANT," Ana Maria Ortiz and Matthew Vadum, Foundation Watch report, March 2008, http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1204310378.pdf

Also IRS Form 990.

[xxix] 2004 Form 990.

[xxx] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150       

[xxxi] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004.

[xxxii] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004.

[xxxiii] http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Leo_Hindery

[xxxiv] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004.

[xxxv]"Susie Tompkins Buell just wants to help,"  A. James Memmott, muckety.com, February 13, 2008, http://news.muckety.com/2008/02/13/susie-tompkins-buell-just-wants-to-help/772, accessed July 26, 2008.

[xxxvi] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004.

[xxxvii]"A philanthropist's trial by fire - James C. Hormel," Chris Bull, The Advocate, September 15, 1998.

[xxxviii] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[xxxix] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[xl] "Soros-Backed Activist Group Disbands as Interest Fades," Thomas B. Edsall

Washington Post, August 3, 2005

[xli] http://www.aim.org/media-monitor/who-is-peter-lewis/

[xlii] Quoted in "David Brock Group Backpedals on Soros Funding," Marc Morano, CNSNews.com, March 3, 2005, available at http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:IC82ph52n3MJ:www.cnsnews.com/SpecialReports/archive/200503/SPE20050303a.html+%22David+Brock+Group+Backpedals+on+Soros+Fundin&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a, accessed July 25, 2008.

[xliii] ibid

[xliv] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[xlv] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[xlvi] "Hillary Clinton Told YearlyKos Convention She Helped Start Media Matters," Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters.org, October 1, 2007, http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/10/01/hillary-clinton-told-yearlykos-convention-she-helped-start-media-matt.

 

[xlvii] "Switching allegiances," Glenn Thrush, Newsday, September 7, 2006.

[xlviii] "Switching allegiances," Glenn Thrush, Newsday, September 7, 2006.

[xlix] According to respective 990 forms

[l] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[li] Discover the Networks article on Media Matters for America, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7150

[lii] "Media Matters: Hillary's Lap Dogs," John Perazzo, FrontPageMagazine.com, July 13, 2007.

[liii] "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right," The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg,: May 3, 2004