Weird… MO GOP Senate Candidate Donated To Radical Animal Rights Group

This is weird.
Missouri US Senate candidate John Brunner donated $10,000 to a radical animal rights group.
ReBoot Congress reported:

Republican US Senate candidate John Brunner appears to have once supported a radical animal rights group. According to the Brunner Foundation’s 2008 form 990-PF , the Foundation donated $10,000 to the Humane Farming Association (HFA). John Brunner and his wife serve as the two trustees of that foundation, so, does Brunner support the leftist agenda of HFA?

HFA is a radical animal rights group based in California. They work to limit or even outlaw the use of antibiotics and pesticides by ranchers and farmers. From their website:

HFA’s goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty and abuse, to protect the public from the misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.

The Brunner Campaign released this statement later today.

U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner released the following statement in response to attacks from Sarah Steelman’s campaign regarding a donation to the Humane Farming Association:

“As a young child, my father taught me the value of charitable giving and I passed those same, important, values on to my children.

In that spirit, I set up the Brunner Foundation to encourage my children to become active in charity. I made it clear that each of them could give to the charity of their choice and that it would remain, solely, each child’s individual decision.

In 2007, one of my children chose as a beneficiary the Humane Farming Association. I am extremely proud of my children, but, as with most families, I do not always agree with their choices or decisions. Regrettably, there are organizations that far too often use deceptive rhetoric and tactics to deceive well-meaning people into supporting their far more dangerous agendas. But, let me be perfectly clear, I, personally, have never supported the Humane Farming Association.

As Missouri’s next citizen-Senator, I pledge to fight for Missouri’s agribusiness by halting absurd EPA mandates, work tirelessly to repeal crippling regulations, and eliminate barriers to trade that are preventing Missouri farmers from exporting their crops. I firmly stand with Missouri farmers who are in a constant struggle against extreme groups like the Humane Farming Association and the Humane Society of the United States that seek to end the agriculture industry in Missouri.

Furthermore, I fully expect that families remain free from political attacks. I will keep this campaign focused on the issues and I fully expect my fellow opponents to do the same.

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  • bg


    they’re all in the same boat (#56), scroll for more..


  • Morgan

    John Danforth is bankrolling this guy. The same Danforth who called the tea party extreme and inflexible.

  • sigmund24

    Wait, he’s blaming his kids and calling them gullible? Classy.

  • MOSenateRace

    Methinks there are still other members of Brunner’s family yet to be blamed;

  • Elliott


  • kato

    Brunner is trying to put a noble spin on an idiotic lesson taught to a misguided daughter.

  • Matthew

    I thought this email from Sarah Steelman’s press secretary adds a fun element to the story:

  • Sasja

    If I didn’t support this radical group and I had control over the money, as the Brunner’s do, I would have suggested to my child to dip into her own pockets for the donation.

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  • dan’l

    More double talk.

  • Marcie McCarty

    Hey, Bruner went negative on Stillman first so I don’t blame her for coming back at him. I’m leaning towrd Stillman especially if Danforth is involved.

  • ShowMePatriot

    I like how Brunner says his family is off-limits right after dragging them into the campaign by blaming them.

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  • JuniorBruce

    Not sure why Steelman would want to invite a tit-for-tat on donations, given how much flack she’s taken for her acceptance of donations from the SEIU, the UAW, the Teamsters, embryonic stem cell research advocates, trial lawyers, and an MHDC developer who was busted for hiring illegal immigrants…seems like she has a lot more to answer for than Brunner.

  • Simsalabim

    John is not a career politician like Steelman and Akin so he’s being attacked by the Republican establishment.

    Records show that he has given $350k to mostly Christian organiziations and this little $10k donation was given by his unsuspecting daughter.

    I’m giving you establishment Repubs the big middle finger on both hands.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    It’s painfully obvious that the primary is drawing near; all three campaigns are slinging mud. The only thing that REALLY matters is their voting record as an elected official to federal office. Akin is the only one with such a record and that now includes voting to finance a government in 2011 that funds Obama Care and Planned Parenthood programs, the Department of Education, and the EPA – something that neither Steelman nor Brunner can be tagged with to date. Additionally, it looks now like AKIN HAS GONE GREEN:

    If he keeps going at this rate before long Akin will soon be voting to fund Carnahan’s windmill farms.

  • Pat Riota

    If his story is true, there should be minutes from the foundation reflecting the story. Maybe those could be released.