Dan Mathews’ strange reluctance to spend $100 for a hotel room makes PETA seem penny-wise but pound-foolish [Steve Lowery’s “How to Stuff a Lettuce Bikini,” July 25].

While scrimping on travel expenses, PETA has given over $165,000 of its tax-exempt money to violent criminals who take their animal-rights fanaticism into felony territory. And that’s six times what it donated during the same period to animal shelters, spay/neuter operations and other programs that actually help animals.

In one well-documented example, PETA donated over $70,000 to a convicted arsonist who torched a laboratory at Michigan State University. In another, it paid $7,500 in legal fees for a woman convicted of attempting to murder a medical research executive. In 2001, PETA actually wrote a check to the Earth Liberation Front, a criminal organization that the FBI calls “a serious domestic terror threat.”

And now Mathews boasts (in your article): “Frankly, I don’t think we go far enough.” Don’t his Hollywood friends realize who they’re getting into bed with? Pam Anderson and Kim Basinger may think it’s fun to hang out with Dan Mathews, but their agents and handlers ought to advise them to steer clear of criminal associations.