Is AKC a Trick or a Treat?

Most of us believed that the American Kennel Club was an organization that represented everything good in a dog, regardless of what kind of dog.  Anyone that has ever really known a dog, knows that they are loyal.  Is the champion of dogs really a dog or is it something else?

According to the AKC website, their policy on lobby is: “As a matter of course, the AKC does not hire professional lobbyists on behalf of constituents.  The AKC encourages all dog owners to know, understand, and follow the laws of their jurisdictions. The AKC cannot provide legal advice or advocate on behalf of individuals.”

Do WHAT?

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http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000023977&year=2013

There have been questions about what AKC has been doing on your behalf for a while now.  If you go to the opensecrets.org website, you can see that the American Kennel Club (AKC) not only hired a lobby firm but paid Greenberg Traurig LLP $60,000.00 to represent their members in 2013.  The chart above shows how much the AKC has been spending on lobbying all the way back to 1998.  Lobbying money from the AKC seemed to hit its peak in 2006 when they paid James S Holt & Co $110,000.  Jim Holt served  on the AKC Board of Directors from 1987 to 1991 prior to becoming AKC’s Federal  Government Relations Consultant in 1991.

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http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientlbs.php?id=D000023977&year=2013

The picture above shows the Lobbying firm that the American Kennel Club hired, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and who the specific lobbyist are that represent the American Kennel Club along with those that “donate” money to the AKC.  The AKC is listed as a NON-PROFIT who says “….cannot provide legal advice or advocate on behalf of individuals.”

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http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/lobbyist.php?id=Y0000021427L&year=2013

The above picture tells who the lobby firm’s lobbyist from Greenberg and Traurig LLP also represent.  While Greenberg and Traurig LLP is a huge law/lobby firm, those “lawyers” all talk to each other to further the company agenda.  For Greenberg and Traurig LLP’s lobbyist Edward Barron to represent the AKC and Pew Charitable Trust at the same time is a complete conflict of interest, or is it?  The Pew Charitable Trust is HIGHLY connected to Animal Rights.  Has the AKC taken on a new agenda from what it promotes, “the dog’s champion”?  WHICH DOG?!

I received an email about a request from AKC’s Government Relations Department. The email was an advertisement that included “the president of your club will receive a letter that challenges them to obtain the support of your club by contributing at least $200 to the AKC Canine Legislative Support Fund (CLSF). Contributions to the CLSF as part of the Challenge can come directly from your club’s treasury. (Of course, we also welcome contributions directly from your club members.”

And AKC says they “..cannot provide legal advice or advocate on behalf of individuals.” And “does not hire professional lobbyists on behalf of constituents.”  Could someone PLEASE EXPLAIN why AKC hired Greenberg and Traurig LLP, one of “the Top 10 law firms on The National Law Journal’s 2013 NLJ 350, an annual ranking of the largest firms in the U.S.” with lobbying income from 2012 of Total Lobbying Income: $5,715,000 .  WHY, if AKC does not advocate on behalf of individuals, are they advertising to “over 5,000 member and affiliated dog clubs across the country” for contributions of “at least $200 to the AKC Canine Legislative Support Fund (CLSF)” and “also welcome contributions directly from your club members.

Please contact the AKC and tell them to put your money that you have already donated towards an injunction against the new Anti-Pet USDA/APHIS regulations that will take effect on November 18, 2013.

Email addresses for the AKC Board of Directors: jcg@akc.org; wrn@akc.org; pcs@akc.org; pcs@akc.org; raa@akc.org; clb@akc.org; sdg@akc.org; pmcruz@akc.org; wjf@akc.org; tsp@akc.org; lxa@akc.org; cca@akc.org; atk@akc.org; hmw@akc.org; hmw@akc.org; dbs@akc.org; doglaw@akc.org

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