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TAXPAYERS

San Mateo, CA

#3 Mar 8, 2013
2nd trial over a chicken???

Jury selection begins in Solano County rooster trial.
Jury selection got under way on Monday in Solano County Superior Court for a Dixon man facing a retrial on a pair of misdemeanor charges related to complaints about his roosters.
By Reporter Staff/ thereporter.com .
Published Jan 29
UN AGENDA 21

San Mateo, CA

#5 Mar 24, 2013
TAXPAYERS

San Mateo, CA

#9 Apr 30, 2013

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$19 a Month?For Lobbyists?

If you've seen the Humane Society of the United States? new TV ads, you already know they?re bursting at the seams with pictures of dogs and cats. That?s the image HSUS wants to present of itself, because cute candids of Fido and Fluffy are the best way to get pet lovers to donate money.

The result, as we?ve shown time and again, is that most HSUS donors are misinformed about what the organization they support actually does. Too many Americans?donors and non-donors alike?mistakenly think HSUS is a pet-shelter umbrella group, when it?s actually an animal rights organization akin to the better-known PETA.

Here?s something else HSUS?s ads don?t tell would-be supporters: A large chunk of the $19-per-month pledge pays for lobbyists instead of pet shelters. HSUS spent, according to its own tax returns,$17.3 million lobbying governments between 2005 and 2009. Though that averages out to only around 3.5 percent of HSUS?s budget, it's far more than the group shared with hands-on pet shelters.

It?s perfectly legal for nonprofit groups to engage in some lobbying, as long as it?s faithfully self-reported and within strictly prescribed limits.(Note: Some observers believe HSUS drastically under-reports its lobbying expenditures.)

A 501(c)(3) organization like HSUS should be in the clear if it spends an average of less than 5 percent of its budget directly lobbying lawmakers, and no more than another 15 percent on ?indirect? lobbying.(The classic example of ?indirect? lobbying is an ad that asks voters to call their members of Congress.)

But no lobbyists at all are mentioned in HSUS?s TV ads?and hardly a whisper of its lobbyists? objectives is heard. In addition to its direct lobbying expenditures, HSUS spent $6 million between 2005 and 2009 on political front groups designed to attack livestock farmers at the ballot box. HSUS?s ultimate goal for animal agriculture, in one former VP?s words, is to ?get rid of the industry.?

This is a far cry from saving the dogs and cats in HSUS?s ads.

While $17.3 million in lobbying expenses over five years may not sound like much for a group that raises $100 million every year, it?s instructive to put HSUS?s lobbying expenditures in the context of other charities. HSUS spent a little over three percent of its 2009 budget on lobbying. That?s significantly more than the American Red Cross (0.02 percent), the St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital (0.01 percent), or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (0.14 percent) spent on the same.

And remarkably, that $17.3 million doesn?t include the additional money HSUS-affiliated groups are donating to candidates for elected office. Data from the Center for Responsive Politics show that since 2006 HSUS?s ?Humane Society Legislative Fund? and ?Humane USA? PAC have combined to put more than $2 million directly into federal election campaigns.

Politically speaking, HSUS?s network of groups is even out-spending some gigantic companies. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported that HSUS and its affiliates ?spent $3.4 million on congressional elections and ballot initiatives? that year,?more than Exxon Mobil Corp. They have contributed $150,000 to candidates for Congress, which is more than Halliburton Co. has contributed.?

Again, as far as we know, all of this is legal. But we have to wonder just how many people watching those ubiquitous TV ads realize what a political animal HSUS has become.
wow

San Mateo, CA

#10 Jul 21, 2013
http://www.hpj.com/archives/2011/dec11/dec12/...
Rice and beans anyone
I will always be the first to admit when I have said something wrong so here it is. Last week I wrote about the Humane Society of the United States and called them an animal rights organization. They are not. They are simply human haters. I realize those are strong words but I have a series of strong evidence here to back that up.
Let me introduce you to Jan Hartke, founder and director of the HSUS "global environmental arm," which is a subsidiary Earth Voice International. Hartke has somehow morphed into a climate change expert. It is easy to find him listed as an expert on climate change and he is quickly being placed on executive boards such as "Roots of Peace," where his bio reads like this:
"Mr. Hartke has recently added to his responsibilities by directing the international anti-factory farms campaign. He has received numerous awards for his international work, including awards from the United Nations Environment Programme.
As vice-chairperson of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Hartke is advising city mayors on the issue and co-chaired the 2009 Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball to welcome in the Obama administration. In addition, he currently serves on President Obama's Enterprise for the America's Board of Directors, which administers the Tropical Forest Conservation Act. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Science and Environment, which seeks to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision- making. I find that one a little ironic!
Hartke was recently elected President of the Earth Council Alliance. ECA was formed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro by Maurice Strong, the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program."
Maurice Strong was a recent board member of HSUS.
The Earth Charter Initiative sprang from another document introduced at the 1992 Earth Summit. "An Earth Charter USA Network advances the Charter in cooperation with the Secretariat, which is based at The Center for Respect of Life and Environment, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the U.S., in Washington, D.C.," and "All contributions will go towards supporting the Earth Charter Initiative at the University of Peace in Costa Rica."
HSUS and its affiliates issued grants totaling over $450,000 between 1998 and 2004 to its Center and the University for Peace. Bringing us full circle again, Maurice Strong served as the University for Peace's "President and Rector" as early as 1999.
By now I think you can see very clearly that the relationship between HSUS and the UN makes perfect sense, particularly if you think back to what has been coming from the United Nations as it relates to their blatant lies about the consumption of milk, meat and eggs.
Perhaps you remember the following statement from the United Nations in Nov. 2006:
"Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving cars?
Surprise!
According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent --18 percent--than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation."
That statement got a tremendous amount of traction until Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., from the University of California, Davis said, "These statements are not accurate, yet their wide distribution through news media have put us on the wrong path toward solutions."
He looked the model created by the United Nations and clearly demonstrated that their researchers presented false information. Within hours of Mitloehner's announcement, Pierre Gerber, a policy officer with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and one of the primary investigators, told the BBC that he accepted Mitloehner's criticism.
"I must say honestly that he has a point--we factored in everything for meat emissions, and we didn't do the same thin

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