Well Well Well, Lookie Here…

It appears that Media Matters just may be in violation of Maryland’s laws on soliciting contributions if they have not yet completed all their necessary registration requirements, and it apparently they haven’t, as Conservative Belle has discovered.

So Conservative Belle took it upon herself to look into Media Matter’s non profit status with the state of Maryland since it solicits, and receives donations there.

She contacted the Maryland Secretary of State’s office with some pertinent questions, and got the following reply:

The organization needs to submit their board of directors list with alternative business addresses in order to complete registration with our office. An organization should not be soliciting without first completing its initial registration. Solicitations for charitable contributions sent via email to Maryland residents count as soliciting charitable contributions in the State of Maryland.

I cannot say for sure what exactly we would do with the organization if it were in violation of the Maryland Solicitations Act. It depends on the situation and all facts involved. We would want to solve whatever the problem may be though.

Michael P. Schlein
Investigator
Office of the Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Oopsie! Someone may be in a spot of trouble.

Yeah sure, this isn’t a Clinton caliber scandal; nobody’s been indicted, lied under oath, stuffed anything in their pants, been disbarred, or sold secrets to China. Nothing like that…(at least we think), but it’s still juicy for it’s implications. As Newsbusters’ Mark Finkelstein quipped:

…if the organization is this cavalier about the the legal finepoints, might they not be similarly blasé when it comes to reporting the facts?

So true, so true.

H/T: Doubleplusundead

And what about their ‘non-partisan’ claim? How’s this for non-partisan, via LGF:

Media Matters has let a comment stand on their site for more than 24 hours, calling for the death of every single person on the “right.” This wouldn’t have lasted ten minutes at LGF.

Although I know it to be something many would condemn, I have to say that I believe this nation, this world, and everything in it would be far better off if there was a button I could push that would END the life of every avowed “CONSERVATIVE”, “REPUBLICAN”, or “RIGHT-WINGER”. Of course, I would likely break my finger clean off my hand from pushing it so hard…lol

hotnuke
Saturday October 13, 2007 12:40:54 PM EST

Wowee, where’s the love?

Thanks to Cao’s blog for that.

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16 thoughts on “Well Well Well, Lookie Here…

  1. Of course, I would likely break my finger clean off my hand from pushing it so hard…lol

    Hyuck! Now that right there is some funny, funny stuff! Ya know, you can say a lot of things about those wacky, angry children on the left, like that they are hate-filled, stupid, immature, deluded, dishonest, and completely insane, but you can’t say they aren’t funny, in a sad, pathetic sort of way.

    Speaking of which, I nominated the Hostages for the funniest blog (although I don’t think it is) and, as I was scrolling down to see the other nominations, I noticed that also nominated are our losers friends at Sadly, No. I commenetd that I was also going to nominate them for funniest blog, but I think the awards committee is going more for funny-haha and less for funny-sad.

    Perhaps we can nominate Media Matters in that category now, based on hotnuke’s joke!

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  2. I wonder:

    Now that this comment has made the rounds, how long before David Brock has it pulled and tries to bury it, ala KOS and his “screw them” comment?

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  3. Nice Deb, Thanks for the cross-post.

    Yes, this is minor but if the Salvation Army or a church or some other conservative non-profit took donations in violation of the law, they’d be up in arms.

    Without tipping my hand, I may have what I need to take a complaint to the MD SOS by the end of the week. If other non-profits are obligated to provide the appropriate paperwork, then so should they. It’s a matter of principle, after all. 😉

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  4. Yeah sure, this isn’t a Clinton caliber scandal; nobody’s been indicted, lied under oath, stuffed anything in their pants, been disbarred, or sold secrets to China. Nothing like that…

    Maybe their board of directors list and alternative addresses got stuffed in somebody’s pants.

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  5. Not sure I’d be too hopeful about a Maryland Bureaucrat busting on Media Matters’ balls, but we’ll see.

    My concern too, Dave. We lived in Montgomery County Maryland north of DC. Governance seems to be run by arrogant, self-absorbed people who think their role in life is to show the rest of the world how to do things.

    The possible good news is that much of the rest of Maryland is pretty cool. Lots of small communities and nice farm-type folks who hate — simply hate — the DC types.

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  6. Speaking of asshole bureaucrats, IIRC from my days in DC, doesn’t Montgomery County, MD own the sole liquor distribution rights in that county?

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