Sunday, April 09, 2006

AECC "Fund-a-Methodist" History:
$50k CPB Start-Up Money

Rep. Matthew Hill , WHCB
If you have ever listened to any of the self-described "conservative" members of the Hill tribe blathering on-the-air for any length of time, you would have probably never imagined the role that federal grant money may have played in the creation of the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Appalachian Educational Communications Corporation. According to the original 1981 AECC Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Sction 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) submitted to the IRS by AECC President (and current State of Franklin PAC President) Kenneth C. Hill, the 1982 proposed AECC budget anticipated a $50,000 grant --- courtesy of U.S. taxpayers --- from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting!:

Kenneth C. Hill, WHCB
PART. V - Financial Data (continued) page 6
1982 Proposed Budget (ending December 31, 1982)

Income
Donations from General Public $22,000.00
Grants (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) 50,000.00
total income $72,000.00

Expenses
Office Expenses $4,500.00
Personnel 11,000.00
Engineering 5,000.00
Consultants (including legal) 5,000.00
Station construction 40,000.00
Rent 2,500.00
Utilities 2,000.00
Phone 1,000.00
Postage/printing 1,000.00
total expenses $72,000.00

This record from the AECC Form 1023 does not include any information as to whether or not AECC actually received the $50,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting during the 1982 or following years.

I do not know all that much about CPR grant funding, but I suspect that very little (or any at all) winds up in the hands of FCC licensed religious broadcasters...

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