Attorney General Pruitt Again Urges HSUS to Disclose InformationThu, 22 Jan 2015 09:58:11 CST
Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday again urged the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to disclose documents that the group is refusing to give to the Attorney General's Office pursuant to a civil investigative demand (CID). After being granted the courtesy of several time extensions, the HSUS failed to comply with the requests in a timely manner and instead has chosen to respond with a lawsuit.
The Attorney General's Office is reviewing the solicitation practices of the HSUS in order to address concerns that the group's solicitations in Oklahoma may be misleading. The concern is that the HSUS projects heart-wrenching imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, their hard-earned money may go to high-powered lobbying and special interest campaigns that are determined to shape state and federal legislation that would harm farmers, ranchers and other Oklahomans.
The Attorney General's Office has the statutory authority to monitor and regulate charities operating in Oklahoma and has requested records from the HSUS through a CID. After multiple attempts by the Attorney General's office to acquire a good faith response, including extra time to comply with the CID, the group has responded with a lawsuit.
"It's unclear to me why the HSUS would file a lawsuit rather than help us answer concerns that their solicitations in Oklahoma may be misleading," Julie Bays, Chief of the Public Protection Unit said. "Instead of respecting the donations of generous Oklahomans by providing clarity that such donations were used for the purposes represented in solicitations, the HSUS has decided to sue the Attorney General's Office and wage a duplicitous war of misinformation against the people of Oklahoma. Our office will not tolerate any charity using misleading or untruthful solicitations to take advantage of the generosity of Oklahomans and will not blink in the face of this unwarranted lawsuit."
Click here to view a copy of the most recent letter from Bays, to the HSUS dated January 8, 2015.
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