On May 2010, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri wrote a letter to the Director of IRS’s tax-exempt division – Lois Lerner, requesting an investigation into HSUS’s tax exempt status, which is listed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group. According to the letter, “HSUS invests a substantial amount of time and money in political campaigns and attempts to influence specific legislation, a clear and direct violation of the section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.” Luetkemeyer and six other Congressmen also sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General – Eric Thorson regarding the same issue. For three years, Luetkemeyer and the other Congressmen did not receive any response. It has recently emerged that Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of the current IRS alleged scandal, may have been protecting HSUS because she is an active member of the organization – or at least was around the time of Luetkemeyer’s letter, according to her biography in advance of an October 2010 speech.
According to The Daily Caller, “. . . by the time Luetkemeyer sent his letter to Lerner in May 2010, the IRS had already begun targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny, according to a report released Tuesday night by the Treasury Inspector General.” The report further states that both Lerner and The Humane Society of the United States have declined any comment.
HSUS other than violating the IRS tax exempt code, has also been accused of misleading Americans through their heart wrenching TV commercials, leading people to believe that their donations go towards the daily care of animals where in reality, HSUS donates less than 1% of its fund raising to the local shelters.
Luetkemeyer has since sent another letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Treasury Department Secretary Jacob Lew and a second letter to J.Russell George, Inspector General for Tax Administration. Find an excerpt from the letter here.