Utah’s Kane County has handed nearly half a million dollars in recent years to a Texas-based nonprofit for consulting and legal services regarding public land management. The spending comes on top of the millions it has spent litigating legal claims based on “R.S. 2477,” a frontier-era law that allowed counties to own roads built across public land.


Such activity crosses into territory that tax-exempt groups are obligated to avoid, according to the complaint submitted by Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig.

“These resolutions provide language for opposing the 30 by 30 agenda and are intended to be modified, as appropriate, by the approving entity. Both of these resolutions can also be used by a special district, or even a State,” Herrig wrote. “The ASL Guide is therefore not nonpartisan analysis — it advocates for specific legislation.”