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D.C. Lobby Group Bankrolls Maine Bear Hunting Initiative




For Immediate Release:                                             Contact:

January 17, 2014                                                         James Cote, Campaign Manager

                 Maine Wildlife Conservation Council

                 (207) 860-6600





Augusta, Maine- In their most recent campaign finance report, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the committee proposing a ballot initiative that would ban Maine’s most effective methods of bear hunting, reports that they raised $705,844. Of that:


  • More than 99% (3 checks totaling $700,000) came from sources within the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)- an animal rights extremist group in Washington, D.C.
  • In addition, almost $100,000 of in-kind contributions were also reported from sources within HSUS, including a deposit of $50,000 for professional signature gathering firms.
  • In total, the group reports paying over $150,000 for out-of –state signature gatherers to obtain the number of signatures needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.


In contrast, local opponents of the proposed initiative are proud to have received hundreds of small contributions, largely from in-state and regional sources.


“The recent campaign finance report only demonstrates our concern that this is an initiative being bankrolled by one organization- the Humane Society of the United States- to promote an anti-hunting political agenda and destroy our nationally recognized bear conservation programs at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,” said James Cote, campaign manager for the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, a coalition of organizations opposing the proposed initiative. “We hope Maine people will educate themselves about the negative implications that this proposal will have on our state and the real motives behind the HSUS agenda.”


The HSUS campaign finance report can be viewed by visiting: https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/PublicSite/SearchPages/CommitteeDetail.aspx?OrgID=6515


For more information, please visit our website at www.savemainesbearhunt.com.




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