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Out-of-state donors backing Missouri ballot issue campaigns

Friday, October 1, 2010 | 1:59 p.m. CDT; updated 3:54 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 1, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Out-of-state donors are pouring millions of dollars into Missouri ballot issue campaigns, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission monthly campaign finance report.

Both the National and Missouri Association of Realtors donated more than $1 million to "Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation," an organization advocating the passing of Constitutional Amendment 3.

Amendment 3 would stop the implementation of a transfer tax on property sales.

The National Association of Realtors, located in Chicago, donated $1,218,835 on Sept. 3.

"We feel putting an extra tax burden on people who want to buy homes is not the right way to go about funding, especially with what is going on in the economy and housing crisis," Lucien Salvant, managing director of the national association, said.

The Missouri Association of Realtors, Salvant said, asked the national association for help. He said that the tax could cause as many as 12,000 people or households to be priced out of the market.

The Missouri Association of Realtors' Issues Mobilization political action committee in Columbia donated $1,830,147.57 on Sept. 8, bringing the total donation to "Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation" to $3,048,982.57.

Proposition B, the Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, has also gained significant financial support from out-of-state donors.

The proposition would cap the number of dogs allowed for breeding purposes; require resting periods between breeding; and mandate that breeders have only 50 breeding dogs and feed those animals daily and regularly.

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs received more than $1 million in donations from entities statewide and nationally in September. Overall, the organization received 22 donations of more than $5,000, totaling $1,140,000.

Of those 22 donations, 17 came from out-of-state contributors.

Reginald Brack, former chairman and CEO of Time Inc., and his wife Barbara, donated $10,000 to the initiative in September. Cathy Kangas, founder of PRAI Beauty Group Inc. and vice-chairman of Friends for Animals, donated $20,000.

Other large contributions came from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, which donated $250,000, and the Humane Society of the United States in Gaithersburg, Md., which donated $500,000. 


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Anne Hogan October 1, 2010 | 2:34 p.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. To find out more on the YES on Prop B Campaign, visit yesonpropb.com

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Ray Shapiro October 1, 2010 | 4:10 p.m.

("A Message From The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association: I quote some of what is said in this message from the MVMA concerning Prop B.
"...The ballot being proposed for this November would completely shut down our state’s properly operated, inspected and licensed facilities that have over fifty breeding dogs. We see this proposal as unfair and misguided. These properly and humanely operated facilities are providing families with pets under the guidance of extensive current regulations enforced by state government...")

#9 from: http://www.mofed.org/Hand-outs-Printable...

Who Isn’t Against Animal Cruelty? But Proposition B Is Not the Answer:
http://www.unitedformissouri.org/statewi...

("Please think this through , "puppymills" are UNlicensed and comform to NO rules/laws ,, We licensed Have rules/laws and are inspected , by state, usda, and AKC, and our house veternian yearly, how can more laws stop the unlawful? Pray tell me this?")
http://wiggleywaggleypuppies.com/index.a...

"Our goal has always been and shall always be to protect the rights of animal owners and enthusiasts against the devastating effects of the animal rights movement."
http://www.mofed.org/

Voices: Vote ‘no’
By Ruthie Snodgrass
Special to The Globe The Joplin Globe Thu Sep 23, 2010
http://www.joplinglobe.com/editorial/x53...

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Ray Shapiro October 1, 2010 | 4:34 p.m.

@Annie Hogan:
How many of those 100 vets you talk about were recruited by HSUS?

("HSUS Agenda on Par with that of PETA
By Patty Khuly, VMD

If you graduated from vet school after 1981, you’ve heard of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights. The AVAR is an organization of 3,000 vets dedicated to the protection of the rights of animals in laboratory, agriculture, wildlife, shelter and in-home settings.

On Jan. 14, the Humane Society of the United States launched a new organization in conjunction with AVAR inviting veterinarians to participate in an amalgamation of the two groups. It’s calls the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assn., or HSVMA.")
http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/ve...

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Terry Ward October 1, 2010 | 5:57 p.m.

Maybe all that 'out of state' money will help bring Missouri out of the 10th century.
Companion animals are not 'farm animals' and we are not living in the third world, regardless of what some of you folks would have the rest of us believe.

Time for you all to start turning the pages on your calendars and stop trying to bring back the Neanderthal.

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Marina Shane October 15, 2010 | 5:17 p.m.

I've personally helped raise thousands of dollars for the VOTE YES PROP B campaign & I'm a Missourian! I personally know a Missourian who gave $100,000 to the campaign. I've seen a LOT of Missourians put their money in this campaign because we believe in it & need this legislation. THANK GOD that people accross this nation care enough about animals to finanacially back this campaign! Lord know that the DOGS suffering in Missouri puppy mills don't have the financial recources that their breeders do!
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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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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!
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STOP PUPPY MILL CRUELTY
VOTE YES ON PROP B!

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Ray Shapiro October 15, 2010 | 6:08 p.m.

How about Missourians showing compassion AND informative decision making as it relates to Proposition B and how it will impact Missouri's economy and dog population?
Why would an Animal Rights lobbyist activist group, known as H$U$, the spawn of PETA, finally come to what they now brand us as "The Puppy Mill Capital" to add bad legislation on top of 23 pages of already legislated laws, rules, policies and procedures which already regulate the industry? They've been busy picking off the other states and now have amassed the money, but not the reputation, of doing any actual good for any state's economy.
Research all you can on HSUS and Proposition B's impact on Missouri and what will actually happen to dogs in Missouri should this badly written Proposition pass.
For those who locally know me, if I haven't seen you lately, call me so that we can do coffee. (Especially if you are planning to vote yes on this insidious Proposition.)
I honestly believe that anyone who understands the big picture and disastrous impact this Proposition will have on the state of Missouri can only Vote No.

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Marina Shane October 17, 2010 | 4:00 p.m.

I do believe that November 2, Missourians will show their compassion & pride & ethics by voting YES on Prop B!
Why would every Humane organization in Missouri endorse & support Prop B? Because they are the ones who have to deal with the aftermath of it. Besides HSUS, HSMO (Humane Society of Missouri, ASPCA (Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and MAAL (Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation) all support & fund Prop B. Does it happen that a good portion of the money comes from HSUS? Yes. THANK GOD! Dogs have no money to run ads in their own defense! But a good chunk of money also comes from Missourians! Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised just this month alone by MISSOURIANS supporting Prop B who have no vested interested other than the welfare of the dogs.
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Also, for those of you who do not know the difference, Most of the groups involved with Prop B are ANIMAL WELFARE groups, not AR groups. The Definition of "animal welfare" is a human responsibility that encompasses all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and when necessary, humane euthanasia.

As a Missourian, living in the "Puppy Mill Capital of the US", I know we need to add to & clear up out current legislation. Prop B will help do that. It will add to the current ACFA (Animal Care Facilities Act) & make the current laws clearer & easier to enforce.
I also honestly believe that anyone who understands the big picture and horrific impact PUPPY MILLS have in the state of Missourican, can only come to one conclusion & Vote YES.
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Please join me on Nov 2, 2010.
VOTE YES! on Prop B!
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SHOW ME COMPASSION... MISSOURI!

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michelle johnson October 30, 2010 | 1:09 a.m.

http://humanewatch.org/index.php/site/po...

listen to the clips and wake up

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Jessica Bryand October 30, 2010 | 3:08 a.m.

Terry are you insulting the thousands of hard working rural people in Missouri???

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Marina Shane October 30, 2010 | 6:38 a.m.

As a Missourian, living in the "Puppy Mill Capital of the US", I know we need to add to & clear up out current legislation. Prop B will help do that. It will add to the current ACFA (Animal Care Facilities Act) & make the current laws clearer & easier to enforce.
I also honestly believe that anyone who understands the big picture and horrific impact PUPPY MILLS have in the state of Missourican, can only come to one conclusion & Vote YES.
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Please join me on Nov 2, 2010.
VOTE YES! on Prop B!

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