Free Lobbying

Pet industry associations such as the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council PIJAC, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), join together to do work on behalf of animals.  How do they do so much?

According to the Humane Society of the United States webpage on December 13, 2012, Pet Industry and Animal Welfare Organizations Join Forces to Address Puppy Mill Abuse, “participating organizations dedicated to the endeavor to date include: American Pet Products Association (APPA), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and retailers Petco and Petland.”  The term Puppy Mill, defined by Wayne Pacelle HSUS CEO, is “every responsible breeder.”  “Puppy Mill”, the equivalent of a racial slur!  Those of a feather flock together!

APPA , THE Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and The World Pet Association are related organizations to the PET CARE TRUST.  Steering Committee companies and organizations include: American Humane Association (Patricia Olson of HSVMA is the Chief Veterinary Advisor and recent past president of Morris animal Foundation) and the Morris Animal Foundation whose animal welfare advisory committee includes Andrew Rowan, President of the Humane Society International/HSUS.

On page 19 of the APPA tax return for 2010, APPA claimed 5.7 Million dollars as a Liability for “Member payments received in advance.” And showed 1.5 Million under program revenue “Membership Dues.” But zero in the membership revenue section. Total revenue for the year was $7.05 Million which included $382,507.00 in investment income, $4.4 Million for Trade-Show Booth Rental, $481,93.00 in Trade Show other income and $194,216.00 in other program service revenue.  “Sum’thin” just don’t quite add up right here.

PIDA’s address is the exact same address of King Stringfellow Group Inc. and King Management Group (KMG)  PIDA listed King Stringfellow Group on their 2011 tax return as an independent contractor with compensation of $288,000.00 which is PIDA’s second largest expense next to $317,953.00 for conferences, conventions and meetings (trade show anyone)!!!! Steven King is the PRESIDENT of King Management Group  “and is immediate past Chairman of the Small Business Legislative Council.”

The Global Pet Expo is supposedly put on by the APPA and is deducted as expenses on their tax returns!  The funny thing about this is…..PIDA also takes credit for the Global Pet Expo and claims income for the exact same Expo!  PIDA pays PIJAC an enormous amount of money in dues, $55,000.00!

PIJAC received $205,041.00 in 2010 and over 390,000.00+ in 2011 in “Dues” from the American Pet Products Association (APPA) in 2010.    PIJAC’s total membership dues for 2010 were 1.1 Million.  That would mean that the membership dues for APPA is almost 20% of the total membership dues that PIJAC receives. ASPCA is listed right at the top of members of APPA!  ASPCA has its pledge:  “I pledge that if a pet store sells puppies, I won’t buy anything there.”  According to PIJAC’s dues schedule for affiliate membership,  Allied Industries dues fee is $600.00 and Clubs and Societies dues fee is $100.00. Why does APPA pay PIJAC over 200,000.00 in membership dues?  And why do the dues fee increase every year?  Why does APPA pay $390,000+ when the maximum dues is $100,000?

Mr. Kenneth Oh is the Board Chairman for PIJAC, Secretary for the Pet Care Trust and Director for APPA.  Robert “Bob” Vetere is listed as the Principal Officer on APPA’s 2010 and 2011 tax return and Trustee for the Pet Care Trust in 2010 and 2011.

Robert L Vetere was the President of APPA in 2011 with compensation of about $350,000.00 per year and is the General Counsel/Director Government Relations for First Brands Corp.  Proctor & Gamble owns 20% of First Brands Corp while Clorox owns the rest. First Brands, A Clorox Company, purchased A&M Pet Products for $50 million in 1992. Average pay for a non-profit President is $82,182.00. Robert L Vetere was Senior VP and General Counsel at  Oil-Dri Corporation of America “the world’s largest manufacturer of cat litter@!

Then we have Einard Rod who is a board member of PCM International, a Clorox company,  and VP Governmental Affairs/General Counsel for American Pet Products Association with a salary from APPA of $170,000.00 per year according to APPA’s tax return.

Contributions or gifts to PIJAC are not tax deductible as charitable deductions for federal purposes.  However, they may be necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of PIJAC’s lobbying activities as defined by the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.  PIJAC estimates the nondeductible portion of dues is 20%!

A 501C6 can “not be organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.” http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopick03.pdf

PIJAC’s tax return for 2010 shows Marshall Meyers as the CEO and General Counsel for PIJAC working 4 hours per week with a pay of $133,333.00.  Over a one year period of time, this would equal out to almost $700.00 PER HOUR.

Mr. Meyers, CEO and General Counsel for PIJAC is also a partner in Meyers and Alterman  who is listed as an independent contractor on PIJAC’s 2010 tax return and paid them $240,000.00. Meyers, Marshall-Meyers & Alterman 1620 L St Nw, #610, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 293-4377 pijac.org has a web listing on Yahoo as Environmental Lawyers with a web address listed as PIJAC. A Yahoo search for that address, 1620 L St. NW #610, shows a law office for Russell A. Bikoff who uses Various U.S. Department of Justice attorneys as Personal References! For Representative Clients and References, Russel A Bikoff uses “Various U.S. Attorneys offices and sections of the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice.” No conflict of interest there!

The VERY intrigering piece of information included on the website was the FAX number listed for Mr. Bikoff, 202.293.4377!!!!  The VERY same number for Meyers & Alterman!  The address listed at first sight on Bikoff’s webpage is 1220 19th St. NW Suite 400 Washington DC.  However, click on the link for “contact” and the official address shown is 1620 L St. NW Suite 610 Washington DC 20036.  The VERY same address of Meyers and Alterman.

PIJAC’s Michael Canning, listed as President working 40 hours per week with a salary of $195,000.00 per year, is also Public Affairs director and cofounder of  Manis Canning & Assoc. which is nothing but a Lobbying Firm.

The Vice President of Governmental Affairs for PIJAC is Michael Maddox with a salary of $166,650.00.  Decode “vice president of governmental affairs” is LOBBYIST!~!!  The Average Median Salary for a Lobbyist is $69,876.00.

Just between the three board members mentioned and their respective lobbying firms is $734,000.00 which is almost 50% of PIJAC’s revenue of 1.9 Million in 2011.  Lobbying is a business.  It’s  just like hiring a Real Estate Agent.

Pet Industry Distributors Association is located at 2105 Laural Bush Rd. Suite 200 Bel Air MD 21015.  The President of PIDA on the 2011 tax return was Steven T. King even though he was not listed on the tax form for Officers Trustees, Key Employees or Highest Compensated Employees.

Does it look like the For Profits are forming Non-Profits to pay their employees tax free and to lobby without anyone knowing it?

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