Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Anti-Puppy Mill Effort Raises $3.2 Million

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Supporters of a Humane Society-backed initiative to crack down on puppy mills in Missouri have put their money where the dogs are -- with $3.2 million in contributions as of September 30.

click to enlarge The anti-puppy mill effort has been raking in contributions.
  • The anti-puppy mill effort has been raking in contributions.
The new totals were first reported by the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/Yes on Prop B! campaign in its October quarterly report, filed with the state ethics commission Friday.

The $3.2 million in contributions include a staggering $1.6 million from the Humane Society of the United States, $504,236 from the ASPCA and $250,000 from the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

The Humane Society of Missouri chipped in another $44,820.

The most generous local supporter to date appears to be Nancy Grove, a "self-employed animal welfare attorney" based in St. Louis. Whatever Grove's title, business must be booming: She's donated $105,000 to date, records show.

Interestingly, though Prop B has drawn criticism from some Republican state legislators, former Missouri Senator John Danforth proved to be a supporter. The report shows he and his wife gave $250 last quarter.

Celebrity supporters of the measure now include not just pop artist Peter Max, who donated $10,000 this summer, but the daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Emma Bloomberg, who kicked in $500.

Karen O'Connell and Patrick McDonnell, the cartoonists behind the Mutts comic strip and longtime animal rights supporters, donated $10,000, according to Yes on Prop B!'s latest report.

Oddly, there was no mention of any contributions from Tony La Russa. But maybe those campaign commercials he's been doing for Prop B are worth more than any check the Cards' skipper could write.

As of the most recent filing, which covers expenses and contributions through October 1, the campaign had paid at least $1.9 million to air TV ads. They paid another $38,000 for polling and strategy.

The anti-Prop B team has set up a new political action committee, the Alliance for Truth. That group is still too new to file extensive reports -- the committee wasn't even established until August 30 -- but has notched several large contributions from local agricultural interests in recent weeks, including $5,000 from the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and $27,000 from something called the Missourians for Animal Care Campaign. The latter group is also newly organized and received start-up funds from the Missouri Pork Association. 

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