HOW MS. CONNIE HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD “PREVENTED” HSUS VP MR. KEITH DANE FROM TESTIFYING AT THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON THE PAST ACT – THE HSUS IS “ANATHEMA” TO THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS

WASHINGTON, DC  –  Ms.  Constance (Connie)  Harriman-Whitfield worked hard  to prevent   Mr. Keith Dane, VP Equine Protection –  The Humane Society of the United States  from testifying at the PAST ACT  Congressional Hearing on November 13, 2013.

And she succeeded.

MS. CONSTANCE (CONNIE) HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD

CONSTANCE (CONNIE) HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD, WIFE OF CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY), AND HSUS EMPLOYEE

 

THE PAST ACT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING  – NOVEMBER 13, 2013

 

(Left to Right - Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; TWHBEA President Marty Irby; Ron Dehaven, DVM and CEO of AVMA; John Bennett, DVM; Donna Benefield; Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

(Left to Right – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; TWHBEA President Marty Irby; Ron Dehaven, DVM and CEO of AVMA; John Bennett, DVM; Former Celebration Employee Donna Benefield; FOSH President Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

MR. KEITH DANE, VP-HSUS – PLANNED ON TESTIFYING AS A WITNESS –                  INSTEAD,  MR. DANE SAT  IN THE GALLERY WITH THE SPECTATORS

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield kept it from happening.

This is how it went down”

The HSUS made a concerted effort to  take the “spotlight” at the Congressional Hearing on the PAST ACT held on November 13, 2013.

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield wasn’t having any of it.

Of all people,  Ms. Harriman-Whitfield knew how politically bad it would be for the          PAST ACT to have  HSUS official Mr. Keith Dane “Out Front” speaking for the bill before the Congressional Committee.

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield  knew that the  PAST ACT  had no chance with  The Humane Society Of The United States  in the forefront.  And she was  more interested in the  PAST ACT  becoming law,  than she was for her employer, HSUS,  to ruin the Bill’s chances.

Make no doubt about it,  the  Humane Society  had every intention of hogging the spotlight and putting its stamp on the  PAST ACT,  but Ms. Harriman-Whitfield made sure that didn’t happen.   She knew the PAST ACT had to attract Republicans to have a chance, and she knew The Humane Society Of The United States was “Anathema” to Republicans.

If fact,  on October 19, 2013,   Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield told the  HSUS brass, including Mr. Keith Dane and Head Lobbyist  Ms. Sara Amundson, the following:

“To pass this in the House we need at least 50 more Republican co-sponsors.   Sadly, HSUS is anathema to the majority of them.   “This is the delicate tightrope we walk”. “With Republicans,   Ed and I emphasize that it is an industry-backed bill (AVMA, AAEP. AHC, etc) we don’t even mention animals welfare groups though they do appear on our list of supporters.”   (Congressman Ted) Yoho told Congressman Whitfield and me that              the HSUS is evil because, ‘They want to give ALL animals the exact same rights as humans have.’    He HATES HSUS.         Connie Harriman-Whitfield   Oct.19, 2013

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Apparently,  HSUS HSLF Head Honcho Mr. Mike Markarian,  who oversees the lobbying and political activity of The Humane Society,  didn’t pay any attention to Ms. Harriman-Whitfield.

MR. MICHAEL MARKARIAN,  PRESIDENT,  HUMANE SOCIETY LOBBYING

MICHAEL MARKARIAN,  PRESIDENT,  THE HUMANE SOCIETY LOBBYING

MICHAEL MARKARIAN, PRESIDENT, THE HUMANE SOCIETY LOBBYING

On October 30, 2013,  Mr. Markarian emailed  HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle, and HSUS Federal Director Mimi Brody about the HSUS testifying at the PAST ACT Hearing before the  House Energy and Commerce set for November 13, 2013.  

Mr. Markarian apparently didn’t realize  that his Boss Mr. Wayne  Pacelle had hired Ms. Harriman-Whitfield for just one reason which she expressed in her April 25, 2014 Deposition when  she said,  “I am the go-to person – especially “¦. for the Republicans,   because they don’t trust most of the people at the Humane Society”.

MR. WAYNE PACELLE,  CEO, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE

HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE

October 30, 2013

From:   Mike Markarian

To:   Mimi Brody,   Wayne Pacelle

I assume we will want to testify if invited to the soring hearing.                                    Michelle from the Dem staff called me about it.

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October 30, 2013

From: Mim Brody

To:   Michael Markarian

Subject:   HSUS Testifying

Re:   E & C Hearing on Soring

CC:   Wayne Pacelle, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, Sara Amundson, Keith Dane,  

I’m sorry I didn’t respond earlier,   Mike,   as I got pulled in other directions.   Looping in Connie, et al.

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Ms. Harriman-Whitfield immediately sprung into action to keep the HSUS  representative Mr. Keith Dane from testifying at the Congressional Hearing.

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October 30, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

Cory, I think HSUS is working with the Dems to be able to testify.

Sent from my iPhone.

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October 30, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

Thanks,   I’ll work on this.   Can you express your opinion on your end?

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October 30, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

Apparently,   Michelle on Schakowsky’s staff called Mike Markarian to see if HSUS was involved.   HSUS proposed witness would be Keith Dane.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

We told Schakowsky that we think this will stop any chances of moving the bill   further. They’re personal office is trying to stop it.   I’m going to try to talk to their chief of staff today.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

Should Ed talk to her as well?

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   HSUS Testifying

RE:   E&C Hearing On Soring

Yes, the office number 225-     .   He should call and ask to be connected to her.   How I have been describing the problem is the hearing is supposed to be about the bill and the illegal abuse of the horses.   If HSUS comes, the story changes and it become about   HSUS, so we lose momentum and we have to waste time and energy changing the narrative.  

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

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From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

So far she’s only got Dr. Bennett, but they’re giving her two. I doubt she can find anyone else.

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October 31, 2014

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Yes, and I am talking again to him at 11.   Told him that was not workable.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Ed said you can only do it at markup.   Cory,   PLEASE stand firm on this.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Spoke to Gary.   I informed   him that a duel legislative hearing was not acceptable.  

Also spoke with him about HSUS and he agreed that wasn’t a good thing.

He is going to ask Joan “¦ to call HSUS and tell them not to testify.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Let me talk with Joan.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield)  

To:   Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:   Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Ok, let me know.

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The OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics) attorney deposed Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield on April 25, 2014, and asked her questions about The Humane Society Of The United States:

Q   Were you also involved in the strategy of realizing the it would be better for the Humane Society not to be on the front end –

A   It was Ed and Cory’s decision

Q.   As an employee of the Humane Society,   did you have a position on whether or not the Humane Society should be out front on this legislation>>>

A.   My reaction was this is the man who introduced the bill,   this is the man who is leading the charge, if he doesn’t want the Humane Society involved then that’s the way it’s going to be …

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield testified under oath:

” and one of the things I know “” Cory and Ed feel very strongly about – they didn’t want the Humane Society to be out in front because most Republicans don’t like the Humane Society,   and they felt they needed a strong Republican showing to get the bill passed so the Humane Society was excluded from the Hearing that they had so they wanted this to be seen as a horse industry bill   –   front and center – AHC, AVMA, AAEP “¦ there have been disagreements (p. 15)

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Truth be known, Ms.Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a “Profile In Courage”.

She  was the quarterback of the PAST ACT.

You can bet your bottom dollar that her husband Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) would have never introduced the PAST ACT if his life’s partner was not                           Ms.  Constance (Connie) Harriman Whitfield.

Without her efforts and those of the American Public, the PAST ACT would have never gotten to the cusp of victory with 307 House co-sponsors – 118 Republicans – 60 U.S. Senators.

So far,  The Humane Society Of The United States,  has not provided an answer why it did not go all out and use its influence with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the PAST ACT  to receive a Floor Vote and invoke Cloture in the lame duck session of Congress which ended in December 2014.

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No one is going to believe, trust or pay any attention or give any weight to anything that The Humane Society Of The United States  does until it provides the answer.

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