In 2014, Planned Parenthood spent nearly $5 million on electing pro-abortion Democrats to office, according to a new report from the Washington Examiner. The analysis also shows that the abortion company gave $676,885 directly to federal Democratic candidates during that same time period.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood spent $0 on ads attacking Democratic candidates in 2014 but nearly $3 million in ads attacking Republicans. The data for the report was collected in March by Open Secrets from the Federal Elections Committee. The chart below shows this data:
As LifeNews previously reported, in the past fifteen years, Planned Parenthood has donated at least $25 million to Democratic lawmakers. A FoxNews.com analysis found that the abortion company has given money to Democrats through their employees, political action committees and through soft money donors.
In fact, every Democrat that has voted against defunding Planned Parenthood since 2000 has received a financial contribution from their organization.
For example, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have received more than $30,000 from Planned Parenthood since 2002; and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, (D-New Hampshire) received $38,449 during the same time period. Jeanne Zaino, a political science professor in New York, told Fox News, “These types of contributions — any contributions — to public officials are important and they do sway votes.”
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In August, Senate Democrats defeated legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and redistribute their funding to legitimate health care clinics. The vote was 53-46 on the cloture motion — failing to get the 60 votes needed to stop the Democratic filibuster against the de-funding measure. Although the vote was an improvement from a similar 2011 vote, only two Democrats in the upper chamber voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
Zaino said the following about the Senate vote: “Anytime we are analyzing a vote we always have to follow the money trail and this case is no exception. There is no question that the vote on Monday was tied to the contributions these senators have received from the Planned Parenthood SuperPacs and related individual donors.”
Additionally, Planned Parenthood has spent over $12 million in lobbying efforts in the United States since the early 2000’s. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) explained, “Their donation priorities demonstrate that, obviously, Planned Parenthood knows who will support their agenda no matter what. I am hopeful that the senators who voted against redirecting Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding will listen to the millions of people around the nation that are mortified that their hard-earned money is being used to facilitate the trafficking of children’s body parts. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be a partisan or lobbying issue.”
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The legislation, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134), would freeze the company’s funding for one year while Congress conducts an investigation into its sales of aborted babies.
Tennessee Republican, Rep. Diane Black, is sponsoring the legislation and said the following about Planned Parenthood’s abortion and organ harvesting business: “Nearly two months ago, a veil was lifted giving Americans a window into the true heart and soul of Planned Parenthood and implicating the organization in the alleged trafficking of aborted babies’ tissue and organs. This callous disrespect for innocent life is heartbreaking and it demands a response from Congress. Investigations are underway now, but there are more than enough lingering questions to stop the money flow to this abortion giant while Congress conducts a full review of its activities.”
She added: “I am unapologetically pro-life, but Americans of all political persuasions deserve to know that our laws are being followed and that their tax dollars are spent with integrity. This legislation will ensure that is the case.”