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September 09, 2015

Feed the Children Fights Texan's Takeover Attempt

A former attorney from Dallas is mounting an attempt to wrest control of Feed the Children, claiming the anti-hunger nonprofit is mismanaged and needs "a major housecleaning," The Oklahoman writes.

The Oklahoma City-based charity is fighting the takeover bid by Edward Roush Jr., who has threatened to lead a donors' class-action suit against the organization.

Mr. Roush has been demanding changes at the charity since acquiring the rights to papers, videos, and other property of Feed the Children founder Larry Jones, whose 2009 ouster amid allegations of impropriety spawned a lengthy legal battle. He also filed a slander suit against Feed the Children officials and lawyers, who say in court papers that Mr. Roush was disbarred by Texas in 2007 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and is using "intimidation, harassment, deception, spurious litigation and even threats" to take over the charity.

The fight has generated speculation that Mr. Roush's aim is to reinstate Mr. Jones, who before his downfall built Feed the Children into one of the country's best-known anti-poverty groups, according to The Oklahoman. Mr. Roush said his campaign "is not about bringing Larry Jones back. He doesn't want to come back."