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Report: David Brock’s Non-Profits Are Total Scams

A new report suggests that David Brock—a longtime political hitman for the Clintons and an all-around scuzzbag—is running a gigantic scam with his non-profit enterprises.

The report, which was compiled by The Citizen Audit’s Andrew Kerr and posted at Zero Hedge, accuses Brock of using his Super PACs and non-profit organizations as a money laundering scheme. Kerr provides a summary example of what exactly occurs when someone donates money to one of Brock’s organizations:

1. Media Matters would receive your $1,062,857 donation

  • The Bonner Group would earn a $132,857 commission
  • Media Matters would retain $930,000

2. Next, Media Matters would give what’s left of your entire donation, $930,000, to the Franklin Education Forum

  • The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $116,250 commission
  • The Franklin Education Forum would retain $813,750

3. The Franklin Education Forum would then forward the remaining $813,750 to The Franklin Forum

  • The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $101,718 commission
  • The Franklin Forum would retain $712,031

In the end, Brock’s solicitor would have pocketed $350,825, almost a third of your initial donation! That’s a far cry from the advertised 12.5% commission.

In pouring through various documents that are posted in the piece, Kerr explained how the following money transfers were conducted between Brock’s organizations in 2014:

  • Media Matters for America raised $10,021,1888 that year, through the work of the Bonner Group. Media Matters paid them $1,147,882.
  • Media Matters gave The Franklin Education Forum $930,000–93.6 percent of donations to the organization. The Franklin Education Forum then reimbursed the Bonner Group with a commission of $124,250 for raising the money for them.
  • The Franklin Education Forum gave $816,224 to The Franklin Forum.

The common thread: with the exception of the Bonner Group, these organizations are all chaired by Brock and even share the same phone number.

But notice all the commission paid to the Bonner Group: they are Brock’s “unregistered Professional Solicitor” that receives 12.5 percent in commission “every time money is moved.” The Bonner Group—which has some serious registration issues—actually resides in Brock’s office space and their president, Mary Pat Bonner, reportedly “shares a summer rental in the Hamptons” with Brock.

Kerr also points to reports highlighting William Grey, Brock’s former domestic partner, who “threatened to go to the IRS with damaging information about how Brock was running his Media Matters empire” and so Brock silenced him with $850,000 and had to “sell his home” to do so. Kerr believes this is evidence Brock was attempting to prevent his alleged money laundering from being discovered by the IRS.

The full report is worth a read, as it is meticulously sourced and documented. If what Kerr is alleging is accurate, it would not be out of character for Brock.

In The Daily Caller‘s expose of the inner workings of Media Matters, they documented how the organization routinely coordinates with the Obama administration, congressional members and various leftist groups to produce smear campaigns against conservatives and would get numerous media outlets from MSNBC to The Washington Post to use their material.

The report paints Brock as a vicious, paranoid man who could be “manic, very reckless and grandiose” and “abusive” towards his employees. Brock also reportedly surrounded himself with armed bodyguards out of fear that “right-wing assassins” would shoot him with a sniper.

Radio host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin has called Media Matters a “criminal front group” due to their status as a nonprofit, meaning they have to be non-partisan. But of course, Media Matters is far from non-partisan, given the fact that Brock has admitted their goal is to circle the wagons around Hillary Clinton.

Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary’s top weapon, also receives around $200,000 a year to consult Media Matters and Brock’s other organizations.

Brock, like a good Clinton lackey, has a penchant for lying. As Timothy Noah wrote in a 2002 Slate article on Brock’s book Blinded By The Right: The Conscience Of An Ex-Conservative, “The further one gets into Brock’s book, the more one starts to suspect that Brock wasn’t a liar for any larger cause, but simply … a liar.” Noah goes onto cite numerous falsehoods in the book as well as moments where Brock admitted to lying to look out for himself.

Kerr’s report about alleged money-laundering between Brock’s organizations would certainly be consistent with Brock’s sleazy past.

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