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Media Research Center

America's media watchdog

two stars

72.90

1900 Campus Commons Drive Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (800) 672-1423   Web Site
EIN: 54-1429009

Board Leadership
Karl Otteson
Chairman

CEO
Brent Bozell
Founder, President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.90 two stars
  Financial 64.74 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1987, the mission of the Media Research Center (MRC) is to bring balance to the news media. Through the MRC's successful implementation of the largest, most comprehensive media monitoring operation in the world, the MRC serves as the checks and balances on the Fourth Estate. Through its divisions, programs, and a marketing effort that never rests, the Media Research Center has become an institutionalized machine on the issue of balance in the press. The Media Research Center is the only conservative organization that documents, exposes, and neutralizes liberal media bias 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Founded in 1987, the mission of the Media Research Center (MRC) is to bring balance to the news media. Through the MRC's successful implementation of the largest, most comprehensive media monitoring operation in the world, the MRC serves as the checks and balances on the Fourth Estate. Through its divisions, programs, and a marketing effort that never rests, the Media Research Center has become an institutionalized machine on the issue of balance in the press. The Media Research Center is the only conservative organization that documents, exposes, and neutralizes liberal media bias 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Financial

one star

64.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
66.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 27.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.34
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93
  Program Expenses Growth -3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 72.90 two stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 92.02 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.78 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 91.45 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 94.29 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,432,024
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,432,024
   Program Service Revenue $1,397,277
Total Primary Revenue $12,829,301
   Other Revenue $1,378,759
TOTAL REVENUE $14,208,060
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $8,562,813
   Administrative Expenses $886,393
   Fundraising Expenses $3,752,899
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,202,105
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,005,955
   
Net Assets $14,437,626

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
News Analysis Division $3,056,535 34.6%
Cybercast News Service $2,318,051 26.3%
MRCTV Multimedia $1,301,645 14.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 08/01/2019 72.90 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 75.01 two stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 78.57 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 78.11 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 80.02 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.94 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 82.38 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 76.41 two stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 83.37 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.40 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 79.16 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 77.81 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 81.82 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 80.61 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 74.47 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 68.13 one star
2003-12 09/01/2004 77.02 two stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 58.50 one star
2001-12 02/05/2003 69.78 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 54-1429009
Name in IRS Master File MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER INC
NTEE Code A05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$346,474 2.62% L. Brent Bozell President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 72.90 two stars
Freedom Alliance (VA) 90.18 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 91.45 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.22 four stars
Project Vote Smart (IA) 86.04 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Media Research Center
1900 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (800) 672-1423
fax: (571) 375-0099
EIN: 54-1429009

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Board Leadership

Karl Otteson
Chairman

CEO

Brent Bozell
Founder, President

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