The head of an animal rights group has asked for an investigation and charges following a fundraiser earlier this month for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe where hundreds of pigeons were released and shot.
The animal rights group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, posted a video of the event which showed workers throwing birds into air and to be shot by those attending the fundraiser held in Kiowa County. Steve Hindi, SHARK president, alleges the animals were tame.
In a letter to District Attorney John Wampler and Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster, Hindi said the event violates state animal cruelty statutes. He said the event involved about 1,000 pigeons.
“The senator is at the heart of this whole thing,” Hindi said Tuesday. “He is the person for whom the fundraiser was held. But as far as the animal treatment, everyone who was shooting was part of that.”
Congressman James Lankford issued the following statement after reports that Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce his resignation later today:
“Attorney General Holder has consistently demonstrated to the American people that the main task during his tenure has been to protect the White House and the White House agenda, more than pursue justice to the fullest extent. During the Fast and Furious investigation, Attorney General Holder’s obfuscation tactics and disinterest in transparency forced the House to hold him in contempt of Congress. Now, the President should nominate someone who can restore American trust in the rule of law. Before the Attorney General steps down, he should clear his desk of the documents and information he still owes Congress under subpoena. It is unacceptable for the nation’s highest law enforcement individual to stall and then resign without fulfilling his legal obligations to Congress.”
“Though this Administration touted it would be the most transparent in history, its leaders clearly don’t agree with that mantra. From DOJ, to GSA, to EPA, to IRS and beyond, this Administration has obfuscated and obstructed wherever possible to ensure Congress cannot conduct proper oversight as an equal branch of government. Congressional investigations are simply efforts to ensure effective government by the people, for the people. When federal agency officials send heavily redacted documents, refuse to testify and then turn around and give exclusive, informative interviews to the press, they lose the trust of those they serve. It remains a mystery why the IRS thinks it can speak to the press and remain silent to Congress at the same time.” ~ Congressman James Lankford
Congressman James Lankford issued the following statement today after he was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business award.
Dan Danner, President and CEO of NFIB, presented the award to Rep. Lankford for his strong voting record on behalf of small business in the 113th Congress.
“I am honored to do what I can to protect and preserve the thousands of small businesses I represent in the Fifth District of Oklahoma,” Lankford said. “On an almost hourly basis, this Administration attempts to stifle entrepreneurship and innovation with regulatory burdens and excessive mandates. But, in spite of the challenges stacked against them, hardworking American business owners and families work together to create the engine of the American economy. I remain committed to fighting against federal overreach to ensure American businesses can continue to flourish and support our families.”
To view NFIB’s “How Congress Voted” report, click here.
Senator Rand Paul today endorsed Congressman James Lankford’s bid for the open Oklahoma Senate seat.
Paul’s endorsement joins a wave of other major endorsements for Lankford this month, including Chairman Paul Ryan, Governor Mitt Romney, Ambassador John Bolton and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum PAC.
Paul released the following statement endorsing Lankford in his bid for United States Senate:
“As we strive to retake the majority in the United States Senate, it is critical that we elect principled conservatives who will stand for the values of liberty that Oklahomans and Americans across the country hold dear. James Lankford has already shown leadership in Congress, holding the President accountable for Obamacare and the IRS Scandal. I am proud to endorse and stand with James and I look forward to the addition of his powerful voice for limited government and individual freedom on the Senate floor. I urge everyone to support James Lankford.”
“I am honored to have Senator Paul’s endorsement. I look forward to working with him in the fight for government accountability and reform in the United States Senate,” Lankford said.