Center for Independent Media & Media Matters Joined at the Hip

I just found out that the Center for Independent Media and George Soros’s professional character assassins at Media Matters for America (headed by admitted liar David Brock) are bosom buddies.

Not only are they political allies that receive money from some of the same funders, they also share the same office space.

It must be very cost-effective. David Brock can just walk across the hall and give the Center for Independent Media, which runs a number of aggressively left-wing online media outlets such as the Washington Independent, its talking points every day. Now that’s smart management.

The Center for Independent Media has taken the following grants in in recent years:

$100,000 from Tides Center in 2007
$75,000 from Tides Center in 2007
$60,000 from Tides Foundation in 2007
$12,500 from Tides Center in 2006
$10,000 from Tides Center in 2007
$6,000 from Tides Center in 2006

That’s a total of $263,500 from Tides Center and Tides Foundation in the last three years alone.

Tides has long supported the most radical left-wing and progressive groups in America.

It is run by Drummond Pike, a radical leftover peacenik from the 1960s. After the brother of his friend Wade Rathke embezzled nearly $1 million from ACORN Pike came to the rescue of ACORN and paid off more than $700,000 in restitution owing to ACORN. Wade Rathke was on the board of Tides until fairly recently when news of the ACORN embezzlement scandal broke. Pike is also an officer of the Democracy Alliance, a George Soros-led donors’ collaborative that seeks to permanently move America to the left.

The Tides Foundation has given Media Matters for America a whopping $2,326,197 to date ($15,000 in 2007; $23,225 in 2007; $122,475 in 2003, and $2,165,497 in 2004).

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