from HumaneWatch ~ Oklahoma v HSUS for Deceptive Fundraising

http://www.humanewatch.org/hsuss-legal-rep-has-a-bad-rap/

HSUS’s Legal Rep Has a Bad Rap

It was a bit of a head-scratcher when the Humane Society of the United States announced it had retained lawyer and failed gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson to help stonewall an investigation  by the Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt into its deceptive fundraising practices. While HSUS alleges Pruitt is abusing his power with his (quite legitimate) inquiry, HSUS shouldn’t be so quick to point fingers: Edmondson himself is a former AG who was named the third-worst attorney general in the country while he held the office.

In a 2010 report entitled “The Nation’s Worst Attorney Generals,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute evaluated four criteria and gave Edmondson a failing grade in each of them: Ethical Breaches and Selective Application of the Law, Fabricating Law, Usurping Legislative Powers, and Predatory Practices.

Noting that Edmondson’s time as Oklahoma’s attorney general was “marked by a pattern of political bullying and hypocrisy,” the report went on to criticize Edmondson for accepting campaign cash from “out-of-state lawyers, wealthy special interests, and even felons.” Read the full report here.

HSUS asking a former officeholder who was given a failing grade for “predatory practices” to help avoid accountability for its own deceptive fundraising techniques is certainly an interesting choice, but Edmonson and HSUS seemed well-suited for each other. Considering his record as attorney general, it’s not entirely surprising that Edmondson would help HSUS avoid accountability for misleading its own donors. And given HSUS’s history of irresponsible spending, potentially misleading federal courts, and fundraising off of natural disasters, we’re not shocked they asked the nation’s “third worst attorney general” for help.

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~ by topcatsroar on February 18, 2015.

2 Responses to “from HumaneWatch ~ Oklahoma v HSUS for Deceptive Fundraising”

  1. That’s too bad for them. This “third worst” has a reputation around the capitol, and is likely to lose the case for HSUS. Tough. You choose your bedfellows and when they wet the bed, you have to sleep in it!

  2. Not to forget that HSUS took full credit for all of the animal rescues in the “Katrina Aftermath”, that were actually done by neighbors and friends in the area – NOT any of the HSUS staff or “volunteers”. Yet, they STILL managed to have millions in donations to them, from this and other “publicity stunts”.

    I quit supporting the HSUS years ago when I found out that they were lobbying some municipalities to increase already-exhorbitant licensing fees for dogs and cats (being that their local HS-shelters were profitting handsomely already). The HSUS also, allegedly, wants to have (greater) “policing powers” for themselves – all to supposedly look out for the welfare of the “house pets” – so that they can more easily track the care and feeding of these housed “pets” on a day-to-day basis. Everybody seems to want more “police-powers”, and the HSUS sounds like no exception.

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