It’s no surprise that the tax-exempt Media Matters regularly features publishes proven-false propaganda pieces as “news,” and it’s no surprise that the site, led by Eric Boehlert, came out hard to spin and defend on behalf of SEIU. What Media Matters and Eric Boehlert have not disclosed is that they were paid by SEIU for unknown services and it begs the question of whether or not they were paid to help cover up SEIU’s mess in the Gladney incident.
From Liberty Chick’s post on the suppressed story from May of last year:
More specifically, in light of some recent posts regarding the Kenneth Gladney incident, I thought it appropriate to revisit donations made to Media Matters specifically by the Service Employees International Union.
When you look at the timeline of events and the media calendar in general leading up to the Gladney incident last August, it’s difficult not to conclude that there was collaboration amongst White House staff, components of Big Labor, and certain liberal media outlets. However, we know that all will continue to deny it.
Further, just as the flurry of media activity finally starts to wind down a bit around October last year, this is when SEIU makes three separate donations to Media Matters totaling $50,000, under the classification of “Communications”, according to the SEIU LM-2 report. (In reviewing other LM-2s for several previous years, this appears at least to be the first time that SEIU has donated to Media Matters, and there does not seem to have been another donation recorded since these.)
This is the type of funding that I would question in return to Media Matters. With their membership being so low and their unfunded pension expenses so high, can the SEIU really afford to be randomly donating funds to an organization like Media Matters? Perhaps SEIU purchased advertising on Media Matters’ website, but then I’d think it would be categorized as such, as others ad expenses in the LM-2 were. If not advertising, if not random donations, then what’s the reason for SEIU having donated these funds? One could logically conclude that Media Matters performed a service in return. Only they can answer that.
Media Matters made some nice cash off of SEIU and the Gladney incident. Does this seem like this would violate any of these rules required for their charitable organization status?
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