Non-profit

Humane Society Legislative Fund

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

59-3786428

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $5,251,646
Expenses: $4,425,110
Assets: $2,651,752

Formation:

2004

Type:

Nonprofit

Political Director:

Sara Amundson

Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is an animal rights advocacy organization formed in 2004, as the 501(c)(4) lobbying arm of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals. The Doris Day Animal League joined the Fund in 2006. [1]

HSLF was formed to pass animal protection and vegetarian-interest laws on both state and federal levels, educate the public about animal liberation issues, train political activists, and support candidates for office. [2]

HSLF focuses its legislative lobbying work on issues such as animals in research, prevention of cruelty to pets, and protections for farm animals, horses, and wildlife. [3]

HSLF endorses and makes campaign contributions to candidates that it ranks highly for supporting its agenda. [4]

Activities

The Humane Society Legislative Fund currently supports legislation intended to protect animals, such as the Big Cat Safety Act, the Humane Cosmetics Act, the Horseracing Integrity Act, among many others. [5]

On May 4, 2020, HSLF, along with other left-of-center vegetarian-interest and environmentalist groups like Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, and Center for Biological Diversity, submitted a letter to Congressional leaders demanding the slowdown of production at slaughterhouses. [6]

HSLF gives a state-by-state list of endorsements for the 2020 election cycle, which it claims are exclusively based on a candidate’s “records or positions on animal welfare issues,” and does not take into account a candidate’s party affiliation. It mostly endorses  Democratic candidates. [7]

HSLF keeps a scorecard for members of Congress, grading each legislator’s record on animal protection. HSLF goes on to highlight its highest and lowest scorers, denoting each legislator’s political party affiliation. An overwhelming majority of the highest scorers are Democrats, while the lowest scorers, called “Total Zeroes” are almost exclusively Republicans. [8]

Candidate Support

HSLF contributes to the federal candidates it favors, and has contributed over $160,000 in 2020 elections as of early May, mostly to Democratic candidates. It provided $5,000 to Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), $6,250 to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and $6,500 to Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ),[9] all of who scored more than 100 on HSLF’s scorecard. [10] In years past, HSLF has made even larger campaign contributions, including $360,500 in 2018, $444,500 in 2016, and $301,000 in 2014, predominantly supporting Democrats.

People

President

Sara Amundson is the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, managing political and legislative activity for the organization. Amundson also serves as the treasurer of the Humane Society Legislative Fund PAC. [11]

Board of Directors

Bernard Unti serves as assistant treasurer of the Board. Unti is the senior policy advisor and special assistant to the president and CEO of HSUS, and has held positions with other HSUS-affiliated groups including Humane Society International, Humane Society University (HSU), and Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy (HSISP). [12]

Charles A. Laue is the chair of the board, and also sits on the board of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Laue is the co-founder and Chairman of Stray Dog Capital, and serves as the chair of the Great Plains SPCA. [13]

David Robb is the vice chair of the board and sits on the HSUS North Carolina State Council and the board of the North Carolina Zoological Society. [14] 2020. Thomas Waite III serves as treasurer of the board of both HSLF and the Humane Society International. [15]

Jerry Cesak sits on the boards of both HSLF and HSUS. [16]

Johanie V. Parra serves as secretary of the boards of HSLF, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Fund for Animals, and the South Florida Wildlife Center. [17]

Katherine Karl serves as general counsel for both HSLF and the Humane Society International. Karl formerly served as deputy general counsel of the American Cancer Society. [18]

Kathleen Linehan sits on the boards of both HSLF and HSUS. [19]

Michaelen Barsness is the assistant treasurer of the boards of both HSLF and Humane Society International. Barsness is the vice president of finance and controller at HSUS, and the former vice president and controller at the United Way Worldwide. [20] Barsness is the treasurer of the board of the Fund for Animals. [21]

Nikki Lafferty serves on the boards of HSLF and the California Wildlife Center. Lafferty works with Animal Aid USA, and formerly served on the National Council of HSUS. [22]

Susan Atherton serves on the boards of both HSLF and the Humane Society International. [23] Atherton serves as the vice chair of the boards of both the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the San Francisco SPCA. Atherton formerly served as chair of the board of the American Red Cross Bay Area. [24]

Theresa Reese is the assistant treasurer of the boards of both HSLF and HSUS. Reese is also the deputy controller at HSUS. [25]

Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. sits on the board, and is also the co-chair of the board of HSUS. [26]

References

  1. “History.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/about-hslf/history.html#.XkB6-BNKjMU. ^
  2. “History.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/about-hslf/history.html#.XkB6-BNKjMU. ^
  3. “Issues.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/issues/. ^
  4. “2019 Humane Scorecard.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://hslf.org/humane-scorecard. ^
  5. “Current Legislation.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://hslf.org/current-legislation. ^
  6. “Please Direct the USDA to Halt Higher-Speed Slaughter to Protect Workers & Animals.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://hslf.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/20.05.04_20%20Groups%20Urge%20Congress%20to%20Direct%20USDA%20to%20Stop%20Higher-Speed%20Slaughter.pdf. ^
  7. “2020 Endorsements.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. http://elections.hslf.org/. ^
  8. “2019 Humane Scorecard.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://hslf.org/humane-scorecard. ^
  9. “Human Society Legislative Fund.” The Center for Responsive Politics. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00466813&cycle=2020. ^
  10. “2019 Humane Scorecard.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed May 5, 2020. https://hslf.org/humane-scorecard. ^
  11. “Sara Amundson.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/about-hslf/meet-hslf/leadership-and-staff/sara-amundson.html#.XkB46BNKjMU. ^
  12. “Bernard Unti.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/leadership/bernard-unti. ^
  13. “Chuck Laue and David K. Robb Elected to Lead Humane Society Legislative Fund Board of Directors.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, January 9, 2019. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/news/press-releases/hslf-board-of-directors.html. ^
  14. “Chuck Laue and David K. Robb Elected to Lead Humane Society Legislative Fund Board of Directors.” Humane Society Legislative Fund, January 9, 2019. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.hslf.org/news/press-releases/hslf-board-of-directors.html. ^
  15. “Board of Directors.” Humane Society International, 2020. Accessed February 5, 2020. https://www.hsi.org/news-media/board_council/. ^
  16. “Board of Directors.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/board-directors. ^
  17. “Leadership Team.” South Florida Wildlife Center, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org/about/our_team. ^
  18. “Katherine Karl Joins the Humane Society of the United States as its New General Counsel.” The Humane Society of the United States, July 19, 2016. Accessed February 9, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/news/katherine-karl-joins-humane-society-united-states-its-new-general-counsel. ^
  19. “Board of Directors.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/board-directors. ^
  20. “Michaelen Barsness.” LinkedIn. Accessed February 5, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelen-barsness-a983b7b2/. ^
  21. “Board of Directors and Key Staff.” The Fund for Animals, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://www.fundforanimals.org/about/board-of-directors.html. ^
  22. “Meet the Team.” Animal Aid USA. Accessed February 9, 2020. http://animalaidusa.org/meet-the-team/. ^
  23. “Board of Directors.” Humane Society International, 2020. Accessed February 5, 2020. https://www.hsi.org/news-media/board_council/. ^
  24. “Philanthropist and Animal Advocate Susan Atherton Joins the Humane Society of the United States Board of Directors.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2020. Accessed February 5, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/news/philanthropist-and-animal-advocate-susan-atherton-joins-humane-society-united-states-board. ^
  25. “Terri Reese.” LinkedIn. Accessed February 5, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/terri-reese-1b8083a/. ^
  26. “Board of Directors.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2020. Accessed February 9, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/board-directors. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2005

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $5,251,646 $4,425,110 $2,651,752 $575,963 N $5,218,479 $0 $13,149 $174,882
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,076,162 $6,008,407 $1,522,482 $273,232 N $4,064,381 $0 $4,517 $156,207
    2015 Dec Form 990 $5,530,400 $2,873,787 $3,324,608 $143,113 N $5,519,236 $0 $2,499 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $5,266,769 $7,284,437 $1,159,757 $635,050 N $4,318,923 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $5,606,529 $3,911,229 $2,870,845 $328,470 N $5,539,399 $0 $4,716 $133,888 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $5,579,447 $6,034,708 $1,519,537 $674,272 N $5,516,172 $0 $7,742 $128,445 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $3,095,313 $2,718,887 $1,584,769 $282,433 N $3,017,873 $0 $4,223 $122,809 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Humane Society Legislative Fund

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