Group Accuses Congressman With a 'New McCarthyism'

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Group Accuses Congressman With a 'New McCarthyism'

March 16, 2002
 
BY ROBERT GEHRKE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

   WASHINGTON -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused Rep. Scott McInnis of participating in a "new McCarthyism" by trying to link the animal-rights group to an eco-terrorist group.

   The Colorado Republican had challenged PETA for making a $1,500 contribution to the Earth Liberation Front, an underground group that, along with the Animal Liberation Front, the FBI calls the nation's most active domestic terrorist organization.

   PETA attorney Jeffrey Kerr shot back a scathing 12-page letter on Thursday, claiming McInnis is collaborating with animal-exploitative corporations to try to defame the group.

   But Kerr said that in April the group did write a $1,500 check to the North American ELF media office to assist in the legal defense for the group's spokesman, Craig Rosebraugh, in free speech matters.

   In written responses to questions from McInnis' committee, Rosebraugh said he did not recall receiving a check from PETA, although Kerr said the signature on the check appears to be his.

   "PETA does not provide financial or any other assistance to any person or group for the purpose of so-called terrorist activities," Kerr wrote. "Any suggestion to the contrary is simply wrong, defamatory, and the product of lobbyists, public relations consultants and other paid spokespeople for animal-exploitive industries."

   But McInnis spokesman Josh Penry said, whether it went to the ELF media office or not, the bottom line is that PETA sent money to support a group that advocates eco-terrorism.

   "The remarkable thing is these people seem surprised that they're getting called on the carpet for giving money to an eco-terrorist group," Penry said. "Here's a hint: Stop underwriting domestic terrorist groups and people will leave you alone."
 

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I'm begining to like this McIniss chap, wish there were more like him on the payroll.

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