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At the age of thirteen, Paul Berger set out from home on his horse, Chum. He found work as a ranch hand, punching cows, breaking horses, and working up to 40,000 head of sheep. What he wanted most was a ranch of his own.
And after years of working hard, saving his money and buying a few cows at a time, he was able to buy a ranch in 1958 on Lodgepole Creek north of Sand Springs, Idaho. By 1993, he and his wife, Rosie had 700 head of cattle and 7000 sheep on 75,000 acres, mostly BLM lands. And then the unexpected happened: Paul Berger's ranch was raided by armed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees accompanied by an assistant U.S. Attorney and a crew from Ted Turner's CNN. In a multi-car convoy, with an aircraft overhead, these government employees searched for evidence to "document the taking of wildlife in violation of Federal laws."
The Garfield County Sheriff ordered CNN off the ranch, but they snuck back in and kept filming. CNN would later proclaim the raid a success but no evidence of poisoned eagles was found. CNN was there in violation of U.S. Department of Justice policy; days earlier CNN and the Assistant U.S. Attorney had agreed to film a pre-raid briefing and the raid itself!
After years of litigation, Paul Berger won his case at the Supreme Court. "Police violate the Fourth Amendment rights of homeowners when they allow members of the media to accompany them during the execution of a warrant in their home." And a settlement was reached with CNN.
Years later, Paul Berger left a bequest to MSLF allowing others to fight against constitutional violations by federal bureaucrats and the liberal media.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSLF as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSLF as a lump sum.