Say What? HSUS Claims $11 Million Bribery Settlement was a Win

It’s been a rough end to the year for the Humane Society of the United States. We broke the news a few weeks back that HSUS laid off dozens of staffers in October and closed a wildlife center and, apparently, a horse rescue.

We can tell how damaging the news is because it seems HSUS is pitching journalists to write about how everything’s actually just dandy. Look no further than the Chronicle of Philanthropy publishing a groveling article this month written by freelancer Marc Gunther—a hack writer who has written fawningly of HSUS before. It takes HSUS dishonesty to a whole new level.

The piece essentially reads like it was written by HSUS’s PR department. HSUS’s decline in revenue, apparently $20 million or more, is whizzed by. The layoffs? A mere bump in the road. Never mind that HSUS says it can’t afford to run a $700,000 a year wildlife center. That signifies a financial crisis.

But the most laughable part of the piece was when HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle claimed that HSUS’s 2014 settlement of a fraud, bribery and racketeering lawsuit “set up a huge programmatic victory for us.”

A nearly $11 million settlement, negative news stories, and now years of litigation as HSUS tries to get its insurer to cover the full settlement—Pacelle considers that a win? That’s like arguing the Cleveland Browns are at the top of the class of this year’s NFL.

We shouldn’t be surprised—Pacelle himself made false statements before Congress last year. He’s certainly shown a willingness to bend the truth, whether it’s being a demagogue on the issues or raising money by deceiving millions of Americans who think donations to HSUS will primarily help pets.

Historically, HSUS has gotten a number of “D” and “C” grades from CharityWatch for wasting donor money. If anyone ever graded groups on trustworthiness, HSUS would get an “F.”

Posted on 12/22/2016 at 1:57 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • al smith

    can’t read the article they are so “philanthropic” that they want you to pay to read it LOL

  • DM

    It was recently disclosed that the EPA was shaking down Farmers and giving the fines to Left wing Environmental Groups. One has to wonder how many other govt agencies are run in this manner. Specifically USDA favoring H$U$ et al with such bounty.

    Dec 14, 2016

    Pruitt Could Threaten Government Shakedowns on Behalf of Environmental Groups

    Enviromoonbats have good reason to be running around with their hair on fire over Scott Pruitt heading up the EPA. It isn’t just that he is a global warming heretic. He might put a stop to a highly lucrative racket.

    The EPA has a symbiotic relationship with radical environmentalist groups, who uncoincidentally are run by the same sort of people who staff the EPA. For example, the Environmental Defense Fund et al. frequently sue the EPA to do their antihuman bidding; but it’s all between friends, the “sweetheart suits” having been encouraged by the EPA. Here’s another example:

    Hide message historyWith the blessing of the Department of Justice, the EPA has been going after major corporations and telling those corporations that they can pay a massive fine to the federal government or pay a lesser amount to various environmentalist groups.

    More often than not, to get the EPA off their backs, the companies fork over money to leftwing run environmentalist groups. Those groups then begin a vicious cycle. They start hounding the corporations that give them money, file complaints with the EPA, then get the EPA to shake down the companies for more money.

    The corruption and abuse of power uncovered by a congressional investigation is appalling:

    A year-long Committee investigation has revealed that the DOJ is pushing and even requiring settling defendants to donate money to non-victim third-parties.

    Donations can earn up to double credit against defendants’ overall payment obligations, while credit for direct relief to consumers is merely dollar-for-dollar. What is more, documents show that groups that stood to gain from these mandatory donations lobbied DOJ to include them in settlements. DOJ has funneled third-party groups as much as $880 million dollars in just the last 2 years. These payments occur entirely outside of the Congressional appropriations and grant oversight process. What is worse, in some cases, DOJ-mandated donations restore funding that Congress specifically cut.

    If swamps are to be drained, this is an excellent place to start. Pruitt and Jeff Sessions could be up to the job. You can’t expect the swamp critters to like it.

    Excuse me, I meant “wetlands,” not swamp.

  • Wayne

    I look
    forward to the day everyone donates to their local charity where animals are
    really taken care of. I have read their lies many times through the years
    and I’m always shocked at the number of celebrities fall prey to their lies. I
    watched him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tell lie after lie and she never once
    questioned anything he said no matter how stupid it sounded.

  • Wayne

    I look forward to the day everyone donates to their local charity where animals are
    really taken care of. I have read their lies many times through the years
    and I’m always shocked at the number of celebrities fall prey to their lies. I
    watched him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tell lie after lie and she never once
    questioned anything he said no matter how stupid it sounded.

    • Afan Sitagyl-Manor

      Celebrities are stupid.

  • DogLover

    They may look like they’re having a difficult time, but their spending on legislation, lobbying and pension funds appear to be the same as before…? We have to get the Treasury Dept. and IRS to investigate and revoke their tax exempt status! Frank Losey has plenty of evidence to support such action. The war isn’t over until HSUS is exterminated and the crooks are in jail!