by Steven Ertelt
October 25, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are leading the race for campaign fundraising and spending during this election cycle. According to a new report by PoliticalMoneyLine, a web site that tracks federal campaign financing, Emily’s List continues to lead all other political action committees in the amount of money raised and spent.
Emily’s List, which supports only pro-abortion women candidates who support unlimited abortion and tax-funded abortions, has the largest political action committee in the U.S again this election cycle.
Thus far Emily’s List has raised $29.6 million for this year’s congressional elections and it spent more than $1 million in October alone on at least eight of the most hotly contested races.
By contrast, the National Right to Life Committee’s political action committee, raised just $2.35 million and was 69th on a list of the top 3,300 political groups. NARAL comes in as the second largest pro-abortion PAC with $1.3 million raised and the pro-abortion Republican Wish List PAC has brought in just over $1 million.
The second largest pro-life PAC is the Campaign for Working Families, which has raised just over $1 million for pro-life candidates.
Karen White, Emily’s List’s political director, told Bloomberg News that the pro-abortion organization is preparing to enter more races as the election nears.
White said that, going into the election, the organization’s goal "was to protect our incumbents and look where we could pick up seats here and there."
"Those incumbents now look safe” and "it has allowed us to expand the playing field," she told Bloomberg.
That includes targeting pro-life Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio, the former president of Right to Life of Cincinnati and getting involved in races in Nevada and Washington.
Some of Emily’s List’s top $100,000+ donors in recent days include Linda Pritzker of Illinois, Gladys G. Cofrin of Florida, Lee Fikes, president of the Texas-based Bonanza Oil Co., Alida Rockefeller Messinger of Minnesota, Maconda O’Connor of Texas, George Soros of New York and Gregory Shaw, president of the Washington-based Dyniftic Corp.
Others include Lynde Uihlein of Wisconsin, Christopher Lutz of Massachusetts and Janice Brandt of Virginia, the president of marketing for America Online. They each gave $50,000.