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BLM won't back up claim rancher Cliven Bundy owes $1 million
The Oregonian ^ | July 10, 2014 | Les Zaitz

Posted on 07/10/2014 2:44:38 PM PDT by hiho hiho

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy kept more than his cattle when he and his armed militia supporters from Oregon and elsewhere recently backed down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

BLM officials say he also kept $1 million he owes for grazing without permits.

But that sum is unproven, and the agency's diligence in collecting any sum from Bundy is questionable.

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BLM officials, however, have repeatedly refused to document the basis for their $1.1 million claim and won't say a word about whether it's attempted to collect the debt. The agency's stature earned another black eye last week from the Nevada sheriff who initially agreed to help BLM gather up Bundy's cattle.

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In 1998, the BLM won a federal court order to get Bundy's cattle off the federal rangeland. The agency said in recent court filings that it worked for years to have Bundy remove the cattle. Yet it didn't act until this year to use its own resources to sweep up the trespassing cattle – 16 years after a federal judge ruled the beef had to go.

When the BLM aborted the cattle roundup, agency officials explained the cattle were damaging the fragile range and that Bundy "owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million."

Bundy is suspicious about the figure. He said agency officials were publicly saying he owed $300,000 in fees in the weeks leading up to the confrontation.

BLM is keeping secret how the $1 million was calculated.

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This week, the BLM, responding to renewed questions from The Oregonian, didn't provide any accounting but instead stated the money is due "for the value of the forage consumed illegally by his cattle" and "administrative costs incurred by BLM in seeking to bring Mr. Bundy into compliance."

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: blm; bundy

1 posted on 07/10/2014 2:44:38 PM PDT by hiho hiho
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"administrative costs incurred by BLM in seeking to bring Mr. Bundy into compliance." So Bundy is responsible for paying the G-men who were hounding him? TC
2 posted on 07/10/2014 2:50:32 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: hiho hiho

How can Bundy’s cattle trespass on land that he owns?


3 posted on 07/10/2014 2:51:01 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: hiho hiho

Yeh $700,000 in high desert arid grass. Uh Huh!


4 posted on 07/10/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

It’s as if they want us to think they have to replace the grass at a cost of $700,000 dollars.

Give me a break.

Bundy is lucky to be alive IMO.

ATF
FBI
BLM

Ours is the government that just keeps on giving...


5 posted on 07/10/2014 2:54:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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6 posted on 07/10/2014 3:01:29 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW

If the accounting is anything like the IRS he probably owes about 5 bucks.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 4:10:18 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: spawn44

Or due a refund.


8 posted on 07/10/2014 5:49:56 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy saints surrounded.)
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To: hiho hiho

Now that’s kinda contradictory to the story the ldm has been spreading ain’t it.


9 posted on 07/11/2014 6:04:40 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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