Stand aside, Sherlock Holmes: the inquisitive Conservative Belle
is at it again. After catching David Shuster out
over his inquisition of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the blogging belle trained her sights on Media Matters's fundraising practices. And now, a response she has received from an investigator at the Maryland Secretary of State's office, and reproduced in her blog
of today, strongly suggests that Media Matters is in violation of the state's laws on soliciting contributions.
CB, as we like to call her, had initially raised the question in this
post of October 6th. Media Matters has been sending out emails containing links to its fundaising page. This would clearly seem to constitute a solicitation. Yet as per CB's digging, Media Matters had not complied with all the registration requirements in Maryland, and under the state's law, would be prohibited from soliciting in the state.
To test her theory, she sent an email to the Maryland Secretary of State's Office, and today received this reply: