All but one senator who voted to block defunding have accepted cash from abortion group; Deep ties to media organisations revealed

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Forty-five of the 46 Senators who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood recently have accepted cash donations from the abortion group, an investigation has found.

In addition, several media organisations and owners also have deep ties to Planned Parenthood.

Kristi Burton Brown of Live Action, a pro-life news organisation, did some digging, and discovered that all but one of the Senators who voted to block legislation that would have diverted funds to non-abortion health clinics have received cash from Planned Parenthood in the past.

Lila Rose, president of Live Action, tweeted out the findings:

The article contains a full list of senatorial campaign contributions stemming from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund from the years 1998-2015. It is reprinted at the bottom of this article.

The defunding legislation, introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst, failed to advance in the Senate, falling just seven votes short of the 60 needed. It seems that the blood money handed out to politicians by Planned Parenthood has secured its half a billion taxpayer bounty, for now.

According to Live Action, Sen. Angus King was the only Senator to vote no who has never accepted Planned Parenthood cash.

“In order to fund nearly every Democrat in the U.S. Senate who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPA) and Planned Parenthood Votes (PPV), have spent $1,609,498. Roughly 2/3 of this money was spent in 2012 alone.” Brown notes.

Brown also notes that the abortion giant spent many more millions on ad campaigns in 2012, over 80 percent of which were directly supportive of Obama’s Presidential reelection campaign against Mitt Romney.

“When the millions Planned Parenthood spends to fund these Senators and the President is considered, it should be no surprise that many government leaders constantly regurgitate the abortion giant’s lies.” Brown urges.

“It’s amazing what can be gained from spending$12,000,000 on the highest office in our land.” Brown also notes.

Congress is currently investigating the connection between the Obama administration and Planned Parenthood. Life News notes:

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was to know if the Obama administration, via the Department of Health and Human Services, provided any federal grants to Planned Parenthood that ultimately went to pay for the sales of aborted baby body parts and if they were used by Planned Parenthood to “support transactions involving fetal tissue.”

Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz and subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan have sent a list of demands, aiming to determine the amount of funding and support provided to Planned Parenthood via HHS. Both the abortion company and the Obama administration have until August 28th to reply.

In addition to buying politicians, Planned Parenthood also seems to have the corporate media firmly in its pocket.

Joseph Schaeffer of Crisis, an online Catholic magazine, has discovered that many media organisations have deep ties to the abortion giant.

Schaeffer notes that the owners of USA Today and several other major newspapers are listed as financial supporters, of Planned Parenthood. Additional donors include the San Jose Mercury News, Yahoo, the New York Times Company Foundation, and (owned by Jeff Bezos who owned the Washington Post),

“Some media outlets were so brazen in their support for Planned Parenthood that they were directly listed as donors on the sites of local affiliates.” Schaeffer notes.

Planned Parenthood also has deep ties to corporations and organisations that directly fund major media and television networks.

Schaeffer highlights how “former and even current Planned Parenthood officials themselves are also currently part of the management teams at corporations that own major American media outlets.”

Most notably, the “senior program officer” for the Hearst Foundations, “the charity arm of the Hearst Corporation, which owns the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle and a dizzying array of television and radio interests,” worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood’s “surprisingly close ties to major media corporations can help explain why leading disseminators of the news in the U.S. have shown so little interest in the [fetal organ harvesting] controversy” Schaeffer states.

Senatorial Campaign Contributions from Planned Parenthood Action Fund

(Dated: 1998-June 2015)

Murray(D-WA) – $29,282
Shaheen (D-NH) – $26,000
Boxer (D-CA) – $25,702
Udall (D-NM) – $22,500
Schumer (D-NY) – $20,985
Peters (D-MI) – $20,926
Gillibrand (D-NY) – $19,825
Merkley (D-OR) – $19,762
Stabenow (D-MI) – $19,035
Franken (D-MN) – $19,000
Kirk (R-IL) – $18,000
Baldwin (D-WI) – $16,000
Markey (D-MA) – $15,535
Menendez (D-NJ) – $15,016
Tester (D-MT) – $15,000
Brown (D-OH) – $14,380
Carper (D-DE) – $14,000
Durbin (D-IL) – $14,000
Mikulski (D-MD) – $12,035
Coons (D-DE) – $11,610
Nelson (D-FL) – $11,000
Reed (D-RI) – $10,500
Cantwell (D-WA) – $10,000
Feinstein (D-CA) – $10,000
Heinrich (D-NM) – $10,000
Wyden (D-OR) – $9,535
Warner (D-VA) – $9,000
McCaskill (D-MO) – $8,803
Blumenthal (D-CT) – $8,740
Cardin (D-MD) – $8,535
Hirono (D-HI) – $8,500
Murphy (D-CT) $7,911
Schatz (D-HI) – $7,500
Klobuchar (D-MN) – $7,000
Whitehouse (D-RI) – $7,000
Sanders (I-VT) – $6,535
Booker (D-NJ) – $6,000
Casey (D-PA) – $5,000
Bennet (D-CO) – $4,750
Warren (D-MA) – $3,500
Leahy (D-VT)- $2,500
Heitkamp (D-ND) – $2,396
Kaine (D-VA) – $845
Reid (D-NV) – $824
Planned Parenthood Votes’ Expenditures in Support of Senators or in Opposition to Their Opponents:

(Dated 2012-2013)


Baldwin (D-WI) – $144,058 (2012)
Kaine (D-VA) – $114,615 (2012)
Markey (D-MA) – $62,818 (2013)
Tester (D-MT) – $55,165 (2012)
Brown (D-OH) – $52,003 (2012)
McCaskill (D-MO) – $32,520 (2012)
Murphy (D-CT) – $31,057 (2012)

Rehberg (Tester (D-MT)) – $351,996 (2012)
Allen (Kaine (D-VA)) – $113,176 (2012)
Akin (McCaskill (D-MO) – $67,316 (2012)
Thompson (Baldwin (D-WI)) – $49,807 (2012)

Written by Steve Watson

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