Okla. Attorney General keeps pressure on HSUS

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Scott PruittScott PruittScott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is on the warpath against deceptive fundraising and has set his sight on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

In March, Pruitt issued a consumer warning against HSUS, warning Oklahomans of the group’s solicitations and advertisements made in the wake of the May 2013 tornado outbreak. Read more here.

Now Pruitt is back — this time with an inquiry into HSUS' fundraising campaigns after Quadriga Art, a charity fundraiser for HSUS and other nonprofit organizations, recently agreed to a $25 million settlement. According to the New York attorney general, it is the largest settlement ever reached in the U.S. on deceptive fundraising.

And it’s this settlement that led Pruitt to issue subpoenas to HSUS.

“We believe what happened in New York potentially has happened in Oklahoma,” Pruitt told the radio show, “All Around Oklahoma Agriculture.”

“The documents and information we are seeking [in the subpoenas] will be objectively measured,” he said. “When you raise literally hundreds of millions of dollars and all we see - so far - is less than 1 percent of those monies going into what are considered local shelters, it is a very fair and right question to ask this organization nationally – are they are being deceptive and unfair in their communications as they raise money from citizens from state to state?”

If the evidence does point to deceptive practices, Pruitt intends to “bring enforcement actions to prevent them from doing that in the future and seek to recover damages.”

Pruitt also indicated the investigation into HSUS fundraising may soon involve other states.

“I’ve been in contact with other state Attorneys General. We have talked about this on a national basis. There may be other states that join soon,” he said, adding there is nothing “concrete” about involvement from other states at this time.

Click here to listen to more of Pruitt’s interview.

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Dr. Dan    
Pigville  |  July, 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Go get em Scott!

Missouri  |  July, 29, 2014 at 05:11 PM

Nice to know that Missouri isn't the only state where the elected politicians are for hire by large agribusiness interests, into going after a public interest nonprofit. Way to go, Oklahoma.

Nebraska  |  July, 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Glad to see that HSUS is being investigated. I have family that thinks this is a dog and cat rescue society not an extremist animal rights organization. They were shocked to find out that HSUS hurts animal ag.

minnesota  |  July, 31, 2014 at 07:23 AM

What do you think politician are....a voice for the people....if he was advocating human rights would you think some lobbyist group had bought him? Plus if the non-profit is doing something unlawful or illegal should he not go correct their actions?

Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  July, 31, 2014 at 08:35 AM

Most public interest nonprofit that really is a public interest nonprofit don't have $26 million in off shore accounts. Way to being a follower Shelly.


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