Why is an Anonymous Group Running False Ads Claiming a Pro-Life Congressman Supports Abortion?

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 22, 2018   |   12:28PM   |   Denver, Colorado

A Colorado representative who has a strong pro-life voting record is being smeared in a series of anonymous election ads this month.

The misleading ads claim U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican, supported funding Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America., with $500 million tax dollars, according to The Daily Beast. But the truth is Lamborn repeatedly voted to prevent tax dollars from funding Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.

Lamborn has a 100-percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee and 0 percent rating from Planned Parenthood. Among his most recent actions, he supported the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would permanently block taxpayer funding from paying for abortions, and the repeal of the Obama pro-abortion Title X rule, which forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.

It is not clear who is behind the attack ads.

The misleading ads are funded by Clean Up Congress PAC, which has spent $96,000 so far on TV ads and two websites attacking Lamborn, according to the report. He appears to be the only target of the PAC.

The report provided some clues about who may be behind the PAC:

Clean Up Congress PAC’s treasurer is an Arizona political consultant named Ashley Ragan. She works for the firm Total Spectrum, and also serves as the vice president of a dark-money group called Prosper Inc., and as an officer of its sister nonprofit, the Prosper Foundation. The latter’s annual tax filings show it’s funded by Randy Kendrick, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. She was a top fundraiser for Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, supported Sen. Ted Cruz when Rubio withdrew, and then, aghast at Donald Trump’s candidacy, helped finance a super PAC that opposed the eventual winner.

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Prosper’s tax filings also show that it works closely with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, for which Ragan’s husband is a registered lobbyist. The chamber is also a Total Spectrum client.

Lamborn’s pro-life record is extensive. In 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he voted for bills that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, pro-abortion Democrats repeatedly blocked those bills from becoming law. The congressman also repeatedly opposed pro-abortion legislation, including bills that would have paid to train abortionists and tax-subsidized abortions for federal employees.

He also has been a voice for life in his state. In 2015, Lamborn publicly urged Colorado State University to stop using aborted baby body parts for research.

He also voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and the repeal of the Obamacare law which contains provisions authorizing federal subsides for abortion. He also voted to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood and against the Medicare Prescription Drug Act, which would effectively prevent older people from being allowed to spend their own money, if they choose, to save their own lives through access to unrationed prescription drugs under Medicare.