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Monday, September 20, 2010

Anti-Puppy Mill Prop B Fundraising Goes to the Dogs

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:15 PM

  • MOFed: This doxie wants you to vote for America.
Fundraising in support of Proposition B, the anti-puppy mill initiative that will be on Missouri's ballot come November 2, is far outstripping the funds raised by those who oppose its passage, reports the St. Louis Beacon

The Humane Society of the United States has contributed more than $1 million to push along passage of Prop B, and has sent targeted literature encouraging non-Missourians to donate to the cause as well. (Last spring, the Better Business Bureau labeled Missouri the "puppy mill capital of the U.S.")

As for the anti-Prop B proponents, well, they're not pulling in million-dollar donations. 

"I don't think our fundraising numbers are anybody's business," Karen Strange, president and lobbyist of anti-Prop B group Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, told Daily RFT.

The AKC PAC, the political action committee of the American Kennel Club, does not appear to have made any contributions in attempt to block passage. AKC's website points Missourians to their state federation, MOFed, which provides talking points and handouts, and a donate button on their page. (Our favorite part is the instruction included with handout 5: "Print lots of them and hand out to anyone who thinks it is cute.")

Despite Strange's reluctance to talk about her group's receipts, the Missouri Ethics Commission has MOFed's numbers as public record. As of its last quarterly filing in July, MOFed's PAC had raised $61,288, against the YES! on Prop B campaign's $1.7 million-plus effort. 

Strange, however, told Daily RFT, "I'm more concerned about all that money coming out of [Humane Society of the U.S.] from out of state. At least our money's coming from here."

According to filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission, however, MOFed has accepted donations from non-Missourians. Contributions have come in from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and Virginia as well. 

Strange also said that she had "other PACs, but that's not for the other side to find out about."

The bill's official title is the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, and would prevent breeders from owning more than 50 breeding dogs, and would require owners to provide adequate food, water, exercise and living space for their animals. The full text of Proposition B is online. 

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