OKLAHOMA – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) may have violated several federal ethics, tax and other laws, in addition to breaking Oklahoma criminal statues at a campaign fundraising event he held in 2014 in which he participated in shooting pigeons at point-blank-range, according to a nearly year-long investigation by an international animal protection watchdog. (www.Inhofecruelty.com) After a nearly year-long investigation, SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) is filing documents with appropriate federal and state agencies.
1. Sen. Inhofe, for his political fundraiser, used federally-owned land, federally-funded government employees as workers and solicited government employees for campaign donations.
Inhofe Ethics Complaint
Bureau of Reclamation Complaint
Tom Buchanan Complaint
2. SHARK said Sen. Inhofe may be guilty of breaking Oklahoma laws, including "Tax Avoidance," for not paying sales tax on pigeons purchased from a Michael Daugherty, who has been involved in illegal cock fighting. Campaign filings list about $10,000 paid for pigeons in 2013 and 2014 fundraisers, but there is no mention of a sales tax. Daugherty and Sen. Inhofe may have engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the State of Oklahoma and its residents by deliberately not paying sales tax.
Inhofe Sales Tax Complaint
3. SHARK also said Sen. Inhofe violated Oklahoma anti-cruelty laws – SHARK's video shows pigeons, a protected species in Oklahoma, were willfully kicked, mutilated, shot, wounded, destroyed and tortured.
Animal Cruelty Complaint