Abortion Industry Buys Off Top Democrat on Congressional Panel Investigating Planned Parenthood

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 28, 2016   |   4:23PM   |   Washington, DC

Money talks, and Planned Parenthood knows it. The abortion business reaps in a huge amount of money by killing more than 300,000 unborn babies a year, and then donates to politicians who will defend its deadly trade.

The evidence of back scratching between the abortion business and pro-abortion politicians continues to stack up as Planned Parenthood desperately attempts to save its reputation and its taxpayer funding. It has faced increasing scrutiny ever since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover videos showing some of its top officials discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.

Since then, reports have revealed how the abortion group donated money to Kamala Harris, the California attorney general who raided CMP lead investigator David Daleiden’s home. Democrats on the U.S. Congressional panel investigating whether Planned Parenthood sold aborted babies’ body parts received campaign donations from the abortion chain, too.

Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, recently uncovered even more evidence that abortion groups appear to be buying influence on the U.S. Congressional panel. According to the report, the top Democrat on the U.S. House panel has numerous ties to abortion advocates that she did not disclosed as conflicts of interest.

Hemingway wrote:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL — handpicked for the committee by House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi — has a long history of running interference for abortionists and their allies. A history that includes plum consulting gigs for her felon husband and more than $89,000 in contributions to her campaign coffers. …

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According to Open Secrets, Schakowsky has, in fact, received $13,365 from Planned Parenthood. EMILY’S List, a pro-abortion fundraising group that frequently gives out money in many contributions under the reporting threshold, has given Schakowsky $64,553 in reported contributions. The list goes on, including $9,500 from NARAL Pro-Choice America and $1,750 from National Organization for Women.

The campaign money is just one connection. According to the report, abortion advocates also are influencing Schakowsky in a less conspicuous way – through her husband, Robert Creamer. Creamer is a partner in the political firm Democracy Partners (Nancy Pelosi’s daughter also is a partner), and his clients include the top abortion groups in the nation: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, EMILY’s List, National Organization for Women (NOW), Guttmacher Institute and Voters for Choice, the report states.

Hemingway wrote, “Schakowsky’s husband is a partner at Democracy Partners, which profits off of running coordinated messaging and political campaigns for the abortion industry and its activists.”

But that isn’t all. The report also points to an apparent close friendship between Schakowsky and Fay Clayton, a recent witness for the Congressional investigation.

Here’s more from the report:

And sure enough, Clayton is a donor to Schakowsky. She’s given $6,100 to the congresswoman, according to Open Secrets. Her husband, Lowell Sachnoff, a big Democratic activist in his own right, has given another $4,250 to Schakowsky, according to Open Secrets.

And there’s more. Clayton and her husband hosted in their home a swanky fundraising party for Schakowsky’s husband as he headed off to the federal penitentiary.

Clayton is a partisan and major donor to Planned Parenthood, but she isn’t an inside-the-beltway lobbyist, throwing money at every politician in the country. Rather, she and her husband appear to be friends with the Schakowsky family, hosting fundraisers in their own home.

Schakowsky failed to disclose this personal relationship and the level of money raised by Clayton and her husband when she had Clayton testify. It is difficult to believe that Clayton would say anything independent of what Schakowsky wanted her to say on the panel.

And what do we know about what Schakowsky wanted said on the panel? Even though members are tasked with investigating the fetal body part trade, Schakowsky has fought all investigatory efforts and called for the investigations to be shut down. At the first hearing, she suggested that the select committee be “disbanded” simply because the undercover journalist who first exposed Planned Parenthood officials’ role in the trade had been indicted — not even convicted — for using a fake ID. It was a disingenuous claim for a member of Congress whose husband recently got out of federal prison after pleading guilty to felonies.

Planned Parenthood’s efforts to hinder government investigations are not just happening at the federal level. In Missouri recently, state Senate leaders subpoenaed a state Planned Parenthood affiliate for information after one undercover video mentioned the abortion chain’s St. Louis clinic as an “untapped supplier” of baby body parts. It took several months and contempt proceedings for Planned Parenthood to finally answer the subpoena. A pathologist who works with the abortion affiliate and also was subpoenaed is using his fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination to not testify in front of the state Senate, ABC 17 News reports.

Planned Parenthood, it appears, is spending a lot of money to keep Americans from seeing what goes on inside its doors and how it’s spending our tax dollars.