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    Default Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance writes...

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    Legislation Briefs June 5, 2013

    Wed Jun 5, 2013 7:54 am (PDT) . Posted by: cub_hill
    Legislation Briefs June 5, 2013

    Dear SAOVA Friends,

    The IRS scandal continues to unfold in Washington with Congressional
    hearings underway and now investigation by the FBI into IRS actions and
    targeting of certain nonprofits. Discovery that the Director of the IRS
    division implicated in using the improper targeting, Lois Lerner, is an
    active member of HSUS raised questions whether she used her position to run
    interference for HSUS.

    Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) wrote a letter to Lerner the year before
    asking that HSUS's political spending be scrutinized. Lerner took no action.
    In response, Rep. Luetkemeyer wrote another letter to the Treasury Secretary
    and the Inspector General for Tax Administration renewing his call for an
    investigation of HSUS.

    In his weekly column, Luetkemeyer writes, "Three years ago, a number of
    constituents brought to my attention their concerns that the Humane Society
    of the United States (HSUS) was involved in political and lobbying
    activities that were in direct violation of its 501(c)3 tax-except status
    that prohibits such activities. To be clear, HSUS is not affiliated with
    your local animal shelter. In fact, only 1 percent of the money HSUS raises
    makes its way to animal shelters at all. Instead, it spends millions of
    dollars on lobbying, ballot initiatives, and other political activities. For
    three years, and after providing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with
    more than 3,000 pages of documents exposing HSUS' activities and calling for
    an investigation, the agency told me they could not discuss ongoing
    investigations and were also unable to confirm or deny whether or not an
    investigation was underway."

    Luetkemeyer continues, "This is the worst kind of government abuse that I
    have ever encountered in my more than two decades in public service and I am
    determined to get to the bottom of things on behalf of those folks who came
    to me three years ago with these allegations." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov

    Please write to your own Congressman and ask why the IRS has ignored the
    repeated requests of Congressman Luetkemeyer to act upon the allegations
    that the HSUS was involved in political and lobbying activities that were in
    direct violation of its 501(c)3 tax-except status that prohibits such
    activities. A thorough investigation is needed to resolve this issue and to
    restore the faith and trust in our government.

    The world not only belongs to those who show up, it's controlled by the best
    informed and most motivated. Thanks for reading.
    *****
    Eric

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    Luetkemeyer is my Rep. And I am very proud of all the work he does. These scandels are only the begining.

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