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
Office of the Secretary of State
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.
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
Saturday October 13, 2007 12:40:54 PM EST
Wowee, where’s the love?
Thanks to Cao’s blog for that.