Missouri Reps Seek HSUS Investigation
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an avowed anti-hunting group, is a registered tax exempt 501(C)(3) non-profit that has long drawn the ire of hunters. A group of Missouri's congressional reps wrote a letter to the Inspector General for the Treasury Department to ask the department to investigates the group's non-profit status. According to AgriMarketing.com, the group uses a substantial portion of its revenue to influence legislation through lobbying.
"We believe that HSUS's own public documents show beyond question that lobbying is a "substantial part" of its activities and feel that IRS's failure to act is attributable to the politically sensitive nature of HSUS's activities," they wrote. Under the definition of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, an organization "may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities."