Planned Parenthood Loses 100K Targeting Legislative Candidate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 25, 2012   |   7:13PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business waged a $100,000 bet that it could influence a race for the state legislature and it lost that battle.

Although the plan backfired, Planned Parenthood could target more top pro-life state legislators with such campaigns as it desperately tries to hang on to taxpayer funding in states that have not yet decided to defund it.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, wrote about the election gamble in a post at Red State:

An untold story today following yesterday’s Pennsylvania primaries is what a bad, bad night it was for Planned Parenthood.

In Pennsylvania’s 134th House district, they spent an eye-popping $100,000 on a TV ad campaign trying to sink the candidacy of Republican Ryan Mackenzie by linking him to ultrasound legislation that was before the legislature.

As Politico noted, this was seen as a trial-balloon of sorts:

Most state legislative races and ad campaigns don’t necessarily have any larger resonance, but Democrats have been working to make the ultrasound bill the kind of liability for Republicans in Pennsylvania that a related proposal became for Republicans in Virginia.

That trial balloon popped when MacKenzie cruised to victory by an 18-point margin, 59 percent to 41 percent.

Look for Planned Parenthood to try the same tactic in other states as it uses its hefty $1 billion bank account to buy more leverage in state legislatures and Congress.