Report: Senators Get More Money From Pro-Abortion Than Pro-Life Groups
by Steven Ertelt
December 10, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — There may be a good explanation as to why the Senate voted earlier this week to keep the massive taxpayer funding of abortion in the Senate government-run health care bill. A new report shows they receive more campaign money from pro-abortion groups than pro-life organizations.
At minimum, the report from the campaign finance watchdog Center for Responsive Politics shows pro-abortion lawmakers may have an election advantage when it comes to funding.
Its report shows pro-abortion senators receive roughly five times the campaign funding from pro-abortion groups as they do from pro-life organizations.
Individuals and organizations on the pro-abortion side have contributed about $3.4 million to current senators since 1989, according to the Center. By contrast, individuals and PACs classified as pro-life have contributed just $559,000 to current senators during the same period.
The report also showed senators voting against the Nelson amendment to ban abortion funding received an average of nearly $60,000 from pro-abortion groups while senators backing the amendment received an average of only $12,300 from pro-life interests.
The fundraising figures may show an advantage for abortion advocates because pro-life groups tend to rely much more heavily on independent expenditures than abortion advocates. Those contributions to political candidates tend to come through mailings and radio advertising on Christian radio stations rather than direct donations to candidates from pro-life political action committees.
Some pro-life groups regularly spend more than $1 million or more every election cycle, but those are not direct contributions.
As such, the Center’s figures wouldn’t reflect the spending. Even so, previous analysis of the spending of pro-life and pro-abortion groups on political candidates still shows abortion advocates outspend pro-life organizations several times over.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, noted the fundraising disparity and said it "makes sense."
"Pro-aborts contribute to pro-abort politicians from their treasure trove of abortion profits, contraceptive sales – and taxpayer funding for ‘family planning,’" she said. "Then pro-abort politicians turn around and give the abortion industry more taxpayer funding."
However, Stanek said the contributions of pro-life advocates, in the form of grassroots support for candidates, may count for more than cold hard cash.
"Pro-lifers contribute to pro-life politicians from their personal blood, sweat, and tears and get nothing personally back in return, just potentially saved lives," she said.
"But this is a reminder of one of the lures we’re up against. We do have to contribute to pro-life candidates as generously as possible," she encouraged pro-life advocates.
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