by J. Scott Olmsted - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) supports “programs designed to enhance and protect the status of animals” thanks to a handful of generous donors. HSLF is the lobbying arm of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the most rabid anti-hunting organization in the country. According to HSLF’s Form 990 tax return, it collected 2012 “contributions and grants” from a mere 28 donors. It collected 50 percent of its entire pool of funds from only two of them.
In column after column on the group’s Schedule B (Schedule of Contributors) form, numbers like “$6,500,” “$5,000” and “$15,000” pop up as donations. But mixed in among those innocuous numbers are “$590,000” and “$2,000,000.” That last one is a whopper. It means a single individual donated $2 million to help HSUS.
On its tax return, HSLF describes its mission is to “pass animal protection laws, educate the public and support humane candidates for office.” So who would help such a cause? Deep-pocketed individuals, apparently. The truth is it’s hard to say who it is, because HSLF is required to disclose only the amount it received, not any other identifying information.
By the way, I got this tip from the folks at HumaneWatch.org. Check ’em out for more info about HSUS. After all, they’re in business to watch HSUS, and as such they’re worth watching themselves.
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