by Steven Ertelt
January 1, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — By the time the janitors sweep the floors after Iowa Democrats conclude their party caucus meetings on Thursday night, a leading pro-abortion group will likely have spent half a million dollars promoting Hillary Clinton. That makes it one of the top handful of groups spending money backing candidates there.
Emily’s List, which only backs pro-abortion Democratic women who support partial-birth abortions and making taxpayers fund abortions, has been in the New York senator’s corner from the beginning.
The organization is one of many spending considerable sums of money in the first presidential battleground state and new reports indicate it has forked over $300,000 thus far backing Clinton.
Emily’s List’s “You Go Girl!” campaign is designed to reach women voters in the Midwestern state who have never participated in a caucus before and to motivate them to head to the party caucus and support Clinton.
“Getting someone who has not caucused to go out is the hardest effort,” Maren Hesla, director of the effort, told the New York Times.
The money figures likely won’t stop as Hesla told the newspaper, “we’re not done spending.”
According to its internal polling, Emily’s List says it shows Clinton leading two-to-one over the other candidates among women who have never voted in a caucus before.
The Times reports the pro-abortion group has narrowed down its list to 60,000 names and has been reaching those women with direct mail, emails, and phone-banking in the days leading up to the caucus vote.
A Des Moines Register poll out Tuesday shows 58 percent of likely caucus-goers are women but the Emily’s List effort has only put Clinton even with pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama at 32 percent — lower than what the first major woman candidate for president might expect.
Clinton enjoys more support from women over 55, but she and Obama are even among women between 35 and 54 years old and she trails Obama badly among women under 35 by a 57-15 percentage point margin.