EXCLUSIVE – A conservative group will file a complaint with the Small Business Administration on Tuesday alleging that the liberal, non-profit organization Media issues for America was not eligible to receive a federal grant Paycheque Protection Program ready because the group functions as a political organization.
“Media affairs is a political organization, as anyone who has followed them knows, ”Patriots Foundation president Craig Robinson told Fox News in a statement on Monday.
“Other political organizations, like campaigns and state parties, have repaid their PPP loans,” Robinson added. “We ask the SBA IG to investigate this matter to ensure that taxpayer money has not been unduly sent to an organization primarily engaged in political activities while the SBA rules l ‘specifically prohibit. “
A source familiar with the situation told Fox News that the Patriots Foundation also planned to argue that Media Matters made too much money in 2018 to qualify for a PPE loan.
In a letter to the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration of the United States, Hannibal “Mike” Ware, the foundation described Media Matters as “an organization that was created by a notorious Democratic political activist, David Brock, and claims nonprofit charitable status “under section 501. (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
“There are, however, serious questions as to whether the MMFA’s activities are compatible with its tax-exempt status because of its many political activities in support of Democratic candidates and causes,” the letter continued. “Specifically, the MMFA has a long history of participating in partisan political activities designed to benefit the Democratic Party and its candidates for public office. “
Last month CNBC reported that Media Matters and the pro-Biden super PAC American Bridge – also founded by Brock – co-hosted a series of pre-show virtual events at the Democratic National Convention.
“We hereby request that your office initiate an immediate investigation into the request and receipt of PPP taxpayer funds by the MMFA and, whether you agree that this is a political organization that should not have received funds first, take all appropriate legal steps to protect taxpayers, ”concludes the Patriots Foundation letter to Ware.
Media Matters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tuesday’s complaint isn’t the first time the Patriots Foundation has taken on Media Matters for America.
Last month, the foundation accused the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of failing to follow up on a complaint alleging illegal behavior by Media Matters and three other organizations founded by Brock.
In April, the same group filed a lawsuit accusing Brock’s groups, including Media affairs, wrongly coordinating with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.