State money that went to a Nebraska farm coalition that fights animal welfare groups is drawing scrutiny from lawmakers, who question why Attorney General Jon Bruning awarded the grant.
Bruning announced the $100,000 grant this week to We Support Agriculture, a coalition that promotes farms. Bruning praised the group for efforts to protect Nebraska "against extremist groups like the Humane Society of the United States."
The Humane Society of the United States has opened an office in Omaha, but a spokesman said the group will not pursue any ballot
initiatives and does not plan to propose farm- or animal-related legislation this year.
A We Support Agriculture spokesman says the grant will be used
to promote farming.
Bruning, a Republican, is looking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson in 2012.