Wolf hunt foes raise most in Mich. ballot drives

Foes of a plan to allow wolf hunting in Michigan have raised the most among groups backing four statewide ballot drives.
AP Wire
Jul 26, 2013

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a ballot committee, reported by Thursday's deadline that it had taken in nearly $568,000 in 2013, much of it from national animal rights organizations.

The wolf group is by far the best-funded of four groups with ballot drives. It already has collected enough signatures for a November 2014 referendum on a law designating the wolf as a game species and authorizing hunts.

Activists are preparing to gather signatures for a second wolf-related ballot initiative after lawmakers moved to make the referendum's outcome meaningless by passing another law. Top donors included the Doris Day Animal League, which has given $200,000, along with the Humane Society of the United States — which kicked in $155,000 and an additional $180,000 worth of in-kind help with consultants, staff salaries and other aid.

A group trying to ban health plans from covering abortions without a supplemental policy raised $24,000 through Saturday. No Taxes for Insurance Coverage won't need much money, though, because organizer Right to Life of Michigan typically doesn't have to pay for signature-gathering thanks to a base of volunteers and supporters in churches.

The ballot group also reported roughly $46,000 in in-kind contributions from Right to Life.

If 258,000 valid signatures are collected, the Republican-controlled Legislature will have 40 days to pass or reject the abortion legislation. It's a way to bypass Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican who vetoed a similar bill last year because of concerns it intruded into the private market and included no exceptions for rape and incest.

The abortion measure would go to voters in 2014 if lawmakers don't act.

Activists behind two other ballot initiatives haven't raised much money, either.

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, which is targeting a technique used by the energy industry to extract oil and gas, raised nearly $17,000 in the most recent reporting period.

Voters for Fair Use of Ballot Referendum didn't file a report Thursday but had raised less than $1,000 through mid-April. The proposal would let Michigan voters repeal laws made referendum-proof with appropriations.

Michigan currently doesn't permit referendum drives if a law includes an appropriation, or spending measure. Lawmakers have added appropriations to controversial legislation, such as the right-to-work and revised emergency manager laws approved in December.

Nearly 323,000 valid signatures are needed to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot.

Comments

Wingmaster

Nice picture of a Siberian Husky.

deuce liti

I agree!
Break out the gun-crazy, pick up-driving, hayseed, animal murdering hillbillies because a dog got in someone's trash.

Wingmaster

Ya dats right, stand yer ground.

Speakboldly

I really try to be patient with the mistakes that the tribune makes but as an owner of Siberian Huskies this is really frustrating. If you're going to run a newspaper, you really need to be a bit more careful. Please correct this photo - and find a real wolf photo - it's really not that difficult. A wolf really doesn't look like a husky - and they do NOT have blue eyes. This is what makes people afraid of huskies - who are actually very gentle and loving. So disappointed in the tribune today!

Speakboldly

And is this a story about wolf hunting or abortion?? Really?

GHJames

Don't kill the wolves, trap em and bring em to GH. All the people protesting against the deer culls in town could save the wolves by reintroducing natural predators to the area. Just don't let your cats, dogs, kids, etc.. run loose. Or would they start protesting that natural population controls are too inhumane? Hmmmm.... a natural death of terror followed by being disemboweled alive or near instant unsuspecting death by a hunters bullet? Maybe the most humane thing would be to arm the wolves.

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