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Jsonline TELLS WALKER TO Rescind Controversial DNR Grant to United Sportsmen!!!


Society & Culture  (tags: WTG!, Give the money back, FAKE LIARS! DNR, Corruption! )

Roxy
- 356 days ago - jsonline.com
Cathy Stepp should end this charade, and if she won't or can't end it, the governor should do so.!



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Roxy H. (340)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 11:56 pm
Cathy Stepp should end this charade, and if she won't or can't end it, the governor should do so.

The state Department of Natural Resources secretary should rescind a controversial $500,000 DNR grant that went to a group allied with conservatives, that has no experience performing the duties called for by the grant and isn't even an official nonprofit.

United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc. claimed federal nonprofit status in winning the grant but has not received that status yet, according to state records examined by Journal Sentinel reporters.

The DNR released documents from United Sportsmen on Tuesday showing that the group misrepresented its tax status during the grant-making process. The DNR asked for letters from the group after a Journal Sentinel report last week that United Sportsmen wasn't listed in federal and state registries of 501(c)(3) nonprofits. United Sportsmen has close ties to Republican politicians and other conservative organizations.

The grant is meant to promote hunting and fishing in the state a great idea at a time when hunting, in particular, could use an infusion of new blood. Only problem: There is no evidence that United Sportsmen has done the kind of work that the grant is intended to fund.

And though it applied for federal nonprofit designation March 1, it hasn't received that designation.

Despite these concerns, the DNR is plowing ahead. In a letter Tuesday, the agency officially notified United Sportsmen that despite the problems outlined in the newspaper reports, it would receive the grant.

Rep. Al Ott (R-Forest Junction), chairman of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, was among those voting to give the grant to the group last week during a meeting of the Sporting Heritage Committee. "They misled, and I'm disappointed about that," Ott told the Journal Sentinel.

So are we. But we're also disappointed with the whole process. United Sportsmen was the only applicant for the award; the grant language was crafted in a way that made it unlikely other competitors would qualify. The drafting file for the budget bill shows that a lawmaker asked for a change to the grant motion so the group receiving the grant would not have to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Journal Sentinel reporters Patrick Marley and Jason Stein report.

Like other aspects of Scott Walker's administration, there are strong indications that the grant-making process in this case was politically motivated. If they care about whether the public can trust what they say and do, Walker and Stepp should find a way to rescind the grant and start over
 
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