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Proposition B TV advertising backed by out-of-state money

Friday, October 1, 2010 | 6:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The campaign supporting Proposition B has bought $1 million of television advertising with campaign donations to date, according to the campaign's manager.

Barbara Schmitz said the commercials will begin airing next week. 

“We are going to be in every media market across the state,” Schmitz said.

The pro-Proposition B campaign, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, has raised $2.38 million from January through Sept. 27. The campaign dubbed the statute the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act." If passed, it would add regulations to already existing laws about dog breeding in Missouri.  

The campaign might branch out to radio as well, Schmitz said, but the organization was evaluating all options.

The Alliance for Truth and MOFED PAC are the political action committees working against Proposition B. They have not run any television ads, but there are videos on the Alliance for Truth website targeting the Humane Society of the United States. 

Of the $2.38 million that Missourians for the Protection of Dogs has raised, contributions from Missouri residents and groups totaled just more than $73,000 – about 3 percent of the donations.

The Humane Society of the United States has donated more than $1.16 million and is part of the coalition sponsoring Proposition B. Large out-of-state donations from groups sponsoring the bill included $250,000 from Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and $200,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York.

The campaign committee promoting the ballot initiative also received 14 donations that ranged from $5,000 to $25,000 from individuals across the country. Three of these donors were from Missouri. 

“This is a nationwide issue,” Schmitz said. “There are people who understand the depths of the problems in Missouri.”

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation and the Humane Society of Missouri are the only Missouri organizations that gave more than $5,000.

The bulk of these donations appeared in the past few weeks. In its July quarterly report, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs reported that it had raised just shy of $64,000.

“We were certified to be on the ballot on Aug. 3,” Schmitz said. “When supporters understand that you are going to be on the ballot then people are more interested.”

The Alliance for Truth established itself seven months after its opposition group. They have accumulated significantly less campaign money: Missouri Ethics Commission campaign finance records show that it has raised $20,000 in contributions.

MOFED PAC has raised over $46,000 during the same period.

A lack of campaign contributions does not deter Barbara York, president of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, a group that endorses the Alliance for Truth.

"I am not worried about it at all," York said. "99.9 percent of our money has come from Missouri where 97 percent of their money comes from out-of-state."

York said that there were fundraisers for Proposition B in California and New York.

"We're in the fight for Missouri," York said. "I don't think outside entities should have any say whatsoever in how Missouri lives."

Karen Strange, president of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, which supports the Alliance for Truth, said that her organization is conducting significant grassroots campaigning. They have not decided how to advertise their campaign.

"I think Missourians really need to take a hard look at the invasion by outside interests into our state with more government regulations on an already regulated industry," Strange said. "It looks to me like out-of-state interests are telling Missourians what to do."


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Ray Shapiro October 1, 2010 | 11:06 p.m.

Here's the thing.
The Humane Society of the United States is the spawn of PETA.
This group has an end game to legislate all dog breeding for private profit into oblivion as they set the stage to infiltrate all aspects of agriculture, livestock and farming.
Ultimately, government farms will provide the food we consume. Using emotions towards "man's best friend," is the fundraising tool being used by this insidious organization to gain footholds in states throughout our nation.
We already have legislation on the books for the dog industry. We need better enforcement of these laws. Not more, repetitive laws with hidden, dangerously hidden implications.
As a concerned citizen who hates abuse, I believe the exploits of PETA and HSUS are abusing our legal system and political structure. Equally abusive are people and dog stylists who dye our dogs and cats to shame.
("Despite the public outcry and accusations of pet cruelty from veterinary officials, Gregory has no regrets.")
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39356010
http://www.myspace.com/pupnutt/photos/25...
Well there oughta be a law.

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Anne Hogan October 4, 2010 | 10:32 a.m.

Prop B is supported by more than 100 Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics, more than 100 animal welfare organizations, and by many responsible dog breeders, religious leaders, and Missouri businesses - not to mention the more than 190,000 Missourians who signed the petition to put Prop B on the November ballot.

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jake carter October 12, 2010 | 6:48 p.m.

Become informed voters! Call Barbara Schmitz at 573-263-9226
Ask to visit the model kennel that she built. Ask for the scientific research that she is using to refute the recommendations of The USDA. I called and not one person was available to take my call. 130million a year and no one to answer the phone?

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Ray Shapiro October 12, 2010 | 9:01 p.m.

("Please vote NO on Proposition B and encourage your family and friends to vote NO also. The Yorkies and their caretakers thank you for reading and ask that you vote NO.

The groups that I know of that are against this bill: AKC (see AKC’s response to this bill), Missouri Pet Breeders Association (Magnum Yorkies is a member), Missouri Pet Association, Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, Missourians for Animal Care, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Egg Producers, Missouri Equine Council, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Livestock Marketing Association, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Soybean Association, The Poultry Federation. I’m sure there are even more groups against this bill, I just may not know about them.")
http://magnumyorkies.homestead.com/Propo...

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Marina Shane October 15, 2010 | 5:04 p.m.

QUOTE from RAY!"The groups that I know of that are against this bill: AKC, Missouri Pet Breeders Association (Magnum Yorkies is a member), Missouri Pet Association, Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, Missourians for Animal Care, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Egg Producers, Missouri Equine Council, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Livestock Marketing Association, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Soybean Association, The Poultry Federation"

HEY RAY! GUES WHY THEY OPPOSE IT? THEY ALL MAKE MONEY FROM THE SUFFERING OF THE DOGS OR ANOTHER ANIMAL & THINK THAT IF PROP B PASSES THEY ARE NEXT! I'S ALL ABOUT MONEY TO THEM!
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If you really are buying into the LIES on the so called "Alliance for Truth" site which really should be called "Alliance for LIES"... then you really need to do some more research! Stop listening to the PUPPY MILLERS REPLYING HERE! THEY ARE IN IT FOR THERE OWN SICK GREED!
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I'LL TAKE MY FACTS FROM:
www.maal.org
www.hsmo.org
www.bbb.org (Even the BETTER BUSINESS BUREAUS SAYS WE NEED REFORM)

I'm a conservative,female, business owner & I run an ETHICAL business...I could CARE LESS if puppy mills shut down! I don't want that kind of money in Missouri & if you are so desperate for money that your willing to torture dogs for it.... then there is a special place in the afterlife waiting for you where it is REALLY HOT & NASTY!
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MISSOURIANS.... WE LIVE IN THE SHOW ME STATE.... HOW ABOUT SHOWING SOME COMPASSION!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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VOTE YES ON PROP B!

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Ray Shapiro October 15, 2010 | 5:48 p.m.

Martina Shane says:
("I'm a conservative,female, business owner & I run an ETHICAL business...I could CARE LESS if puppy mills shut down! I don't want that kind of money in Missouri & if you are so desperate for money that your willing to torture dogs for it.... then there is a special place in the afterlife waiting for you where it is REALLY HOT & NASTY!")

Ray Shapiro says:
I don't really know what you are "Martina" but methinks you are a more like a spammer then anything else right now.
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/accoun...

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Ray Shapiro October 15, 2010 | 8:26 p.m.

Marina Shane: Read this and tell me what you think:
http://saova.org/MissouriBallot.html

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Marina Shane October 17, 2010 | 3:27 p.m.

HEY.... RAY! You asked for it... here it is!
(I created a BLOG just to post this rebuttal online for you!:)
It's over 11,000 characters, so I can't copy & paste it in one post!
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Here's the link to my rebuttal:
http://marinashanelewis.wordpress.com/i-...
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VOTE YES! PROP B
Stop Puppy Mill Cruelty!

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Ruth Keezer October 19, 2010 | 6:57 p.m.

As a legal, licensed dog breeder, I do not oppose sensible regulations on ALL breeders AND hoarders AND rescues AND shelters. I do NOT agree with Prop B. It is not about making the unlicensed, sub-standard kennels comply with strict regulations. They will continue to evade the new regs, just as they are evading current regs. This is a deliberate attack on the legal, licensed dog breeders intended to force them into bankruptcy and out of business. There is not one kennel in existence in this state that will not have to spend thousands in order to comply. Sadly, most will close, and you will be getting your next purebred puppy from the sub-standard kennels who will be thanking the clueless voters for getting rid of their pesky legal-breeder competition. Vote NO on Prop B.

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