For Immediate Release: Contact:
October 27, 2014 James Cote, Campaign Manager
HSUS Continues to Bankroll Yes on 1 Campaign
Augusta, Maine- In a completely expected move, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a Washington, DC anti-hunting organization again poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Yes on 1 campaign in October in an attempt to buy the wildlife management practices of Maine people.
“The checks that HSUS is writing are unprecedented anywhere in the country,” said James Cote, Campaign Manager for the Save Maine’s Bear Hunt/NO on 1 Campaign. “They continue to try to buy this election. Fortunately, Maine people have seen right through their Washington political tactics, and continue to choose overwhelmingly to support our experts at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife which opposes Question1.”
The contributions came in two pieces- $240,000 on October 8th and $250,000 on October 22nd. HSUS is responsible for more than 99% of the funding to the Yes on 1 campaign.
Much of this money comes on the heels of recent public opinion polls that show the Yes on 1 campaign down upwards of 21 points (see http://www.pressherald.com/
“While our campaign continues to focus on who people trust most to manage our wildlife- our experts at MEDIFW or a Washington, DC special interest group- the Yes on 1 campaign apparently is focusing on how much it costs to buy your vote,” said Cote. “Maine’s wildlife management decisions are too important to leave to money and emotional politics. We are asking Maine people to side with our biologists and game wardens and let science guide these decisions. Vote No on 1.”