Top Pro-Abortion Group Raising $335 Million For Increased State Lobbying

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Top Pro-Abortion Group Raising $335 Million For Increased State Lobbying

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 10
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — One of the nation’s leading pro-abortion groups, the ACLU, announced today that it has started a new campaign to raise $335 million to expand its efforts. The pro-abortion law firm hopes to have a greater impact in more conservative and southern states that have made great pro-life gains.

The fundraising campaign "is an unprecedented effort to build the organization’s infrastructure by increasing funding to key state affiliates nationwide, dramatically enhancing advocacy capabilities and securing the ACLU’s financial future for generations to come," the group told in an announcement.

The campaign has already raised more than $258 million – over $102 million in cash and pledges and $156 million in planned gifts.

That’s in part to 21 contributions of $1 million or more from the ACLU’s staunchest supporters and several of the world’s most noted philanthropists.

It includes two gifts of $12 million, one from George Soros through his Open Society Institute and one from the Sandler Foundation.

Other leadership contributors include the Leon Levy Foundation, which donated $5 million and campaign co-chair Quinn Delaney and her husband, Wayne Jordan, who donated $4 million.

The pro-abortion group said it would particularly focus the money in strengthening its position in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Montana, Mississippi, Michigan, Missouri, and Tennessee.

The biggest offices currently are in the Northeast, Pacific states and Illinois, but even the smallest state affiliates will likely get extra funding to hire full-time attorneys to lobby for abortion at state legislatures.

Two attorneys with pro-life law firms said they were worried about the redoubled ACLU efforts.

"The most dangerous organization in America is trying to become more dangerous," Mike Johnson, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, told the Associated Press.

Mathew Staver, of the Liberty Counsel, added that the ACLU "already has been an anti-family and in some cases anti-religious liberty and anti-life organization."

"Any future expansion would simply increase its destructive presence and be concerning to people of conservative, moral values," Staver told AP.