Where’s The Money?

wolflobby_The Salt Lake Tribune

 Don Peay of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, right, speaks before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. Peay is a founder of Big Game Forever, an anti-wolf advocacy group, who is seeking $300,000 from the Legislature. (Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo)

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It’s about damn time they conduct an audit!

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Audit launched into anti-wolf funding

Legislators OK audit of state payments to Big Game Forever.

By Brian Maffly

The Salt Lake Tribune

 First Published Jul 08 2013 05:01 pm • Updated 4 hours ago

Legislative leaders on Monday ordered an audit to examine how a political-action organization has spent Utah taxpayers’ money in an ongoing effort to wrest control of wolf management from federal hands.

Big Game Forever, a Utah-based nonprofit that spun off Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife in 2010, has secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money during the past four years to evict the gray wolf from the endangered species list. But the group’s founders Don Peay and Ryan Benson have not disclosed where the money goes in their reports to the Legislature and to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).

State auditors have already made informal inquiries into how the group spent a $300,000 appropriation for fiscal year 2013. But because Big Game Forever “commingles” its funds from multiple sources, it might not be possible to determine exactly what Utah taxpayers’ money bought, according to Legislative Auditor General John Schaff.

“How do I know that receipt is for state money versus funds coming from other sources?” Schaff told the legislative audit subcommittee Monday. “The problem is this is a private company. We have authority to look at state funding. We don’t have authority to look at funding from other sources.”

This did not sit well with Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, who requested the audit.

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Photo: Courtesy The Salt Lake Tribune

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Utah Legislator Audit,  Big Game Forever, Ryan Benson, Don Peay, anti-wolf lobby

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  1. We definitely need an outside company of people who we can trust.( That will take a lot of ‘sleuthing’ in itself.) Or we can call in the IRS..oh, yes, by all means…let us call in the liberal, Obama kissing, conservative haters, Tea Party slanderers, decent people threateners, the ‘all for me IRSers’ to audit Peay!

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  2. Common sense where the $$$ goes. Lavish dinners, booze, women…5 star accommodations…& of course, loads of ammunition, steel traps…& the dogs.

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  3. Some of the posts on here have little to do with concern for wolves. and more to do with hateful slandering. Just saying.

    Perhaps the little find in the story above will crack open the hateful pimple that has plagued our wolf brothers the past few years. It’s got to start somewhere.

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    • Hey Linda, shove it. Our side has had its heart broken and sliced into for some years now as we fight to protect America’s vital and innocent wolves. We have every right to vent against anti-ecology moron Pay-me-for-being-an-ahole. If you don’t like our ranting against the wolves most vicious enemies, tough sh-t.

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  4. I truly wish Don Peavy, the Big Game Forever, and all the others would get a life and look inside themselves. Their outward behavior to mass slaughter the wolves shows a lot of insight into his/their personalities. May he and others in the same thought process learn the lessons they need to as easily as possible. America doesn’t need people like this to have so much influence with money and power and for the outrageous reasons they publish and fight against the wolves in mass slaughter. Their reasons are faulty. Thank you.

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  5. geesh – anti wolf people can go get their own money by asking their wolf killing friends. they shouldn’t be asking for tax payers $$$

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  6. This makes me so angry.Just reading this makes my blood boil. What ever happened to the tax papers having some say in where the money goes? This is all disgusting and unethical. BraveWolf, and Anne you both said it all perfectly. I toast to you. You are soooo right about all of it. Bert C.

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  7. Reblogged this on Carinas space.

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  8. I thank you for letting us know in Utah about this several months ago it help I and other Wildlife Advocate got this on the news which I and other Advocates got to have words with some of the Big Game KILLERS and demanding to know what happen to the money which resulted in a audit actually there is 600.000 missing this is the second time they gave this Ahole 300,000, now to keep the pressure on them and get BIG GAME and AHOLE PEAY and their greedy little followers off to prison where they belong.Because of this we are afraid to have the Wolves reintroduce here in Utah because of their hillybilly hick mentality!!!!!

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  9. Why are we funding a private company to get the wolf delisted. Why are they not funding pro wolf as well.

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  10. There is a name for all those BOZOS.

    STUPID, SELFISH, GREEDY BASTARDS

    Howl with your friends, Christy

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