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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Media Research Center

America's media watchdog

two stars

77.05

1900 Campus Commons Drive Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (571) 267-3500   Web Site
EIN: 54-1429009

Board Leadership
Karl Otteson
Chairman

CEO
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.05 two stars
  Financial 68.31 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Biased, agenda-driven news and information are driving division in the United States and misleading the populace. The Media Research Center has been studying and documenting media bias in network newscasts since 1987 and works diligently to provide reliable, fact-driven information about the media because the American people deserve to be told the truth. The MRC provides cutting-edge news monitoring services to help educate the public about misleading news, bias by omission and commission, and more.

In addition, one of the biggest threats facing conservatives is online censorship of conservative views by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other big tech firms. The MRC is leading the fight to expose tech firm policies that suppress speech and force tech firms to uphold the principles of free speech.

Biased, agenda-driven news and information are driving division in the United States and misleading the populace. The Media Research Center has been studying and documenting media bias in network newscasts since 1987 and works diligently to provide reliable, fact-driven information about the media because the American people deserve to be told the truth. The MRC provides cutting-edge news monitoring services to help educate the public about misleading news, bias by omission and commission, and more.

In addition, one of the biggest threats facing conservatives is online censorship of conservative views by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other big tech firms. The MRC is leading the fight to expose tech firm policies that suppress speech and force tech firms to uphold the principles of free speech.

Financial

one star

68.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
68.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 24.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.77
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 77.05 two stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 96.03 four stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.19 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,059,850
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,059,850
   Program Service Revenue $604,484
Total Primary Revenue $10,664,334
   Other Revenue $718,566
TOTAL REVENUE $11,382,900
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $10,673,685
   Administrative Expenses $870,267
   Fundraising Expenses $2,765,625
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,309,577
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,926,677
   
Net Assets $12,331,400

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 $3,311,679 30.2%
Cybercast News Service $2,412,831 22.0%
Media Research Center Action $1,678,997 15.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 77.05 two stars
2018-12 12/01/2020 74.56 two stars
2018-12 05/01/2020 72.88 two stars
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

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$346,100 2.41% L. Brent Bozell President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 77.05 two stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 96.03 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Media Research Center
1900 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (571) 267-3500
fax: (571) 375-0099
EIN: 54-1429009

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Board Leadership

Karl Otteson
Chairman

CEO

L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President

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