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2020 Democrats have taken nearly $200k from Planned Parenthood

Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar received the most

June 19, 2019

1:19 PM

19 June 2019

1:19 PM

Abortion promises to be a major talking point in 2020. While President Trump has pointedly condemned legislation allowing late-term abortion, his Democratic opponents refuse to name any limits on abortion, except to say ‘it’s a decision the woman makes.’ They also happen to have a monetary relationship with the nation’s largest abortion provider.

According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), 12 Democrats looking to secure the nomination in 2020 have received a combined $191,300 since 1990 from Planned Parenthood while serving as federal candidates.

Here’s the breakdown of funding given by Planned Parenthood to Democrats eyeing 2020, listed by candidate and year:

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado

2016: $4,400

2010: $7,498

Total: $11,898

Former Vice President and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware

2002: $500

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey

2018: $250

2016: $20

2014: $8,482

Total: $8,752

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii

2016: $6,500

2014: $3,000

2012: $5,000

Total: $14,500

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

2018: $17,438

2012: $19,500

2010: $2,380

2008: $10,500

2006: $3,250

Total: $53,068

Sen. Kamala Harris of California

2018: $142

2016: $2,500

Total: $2,642

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

2018: $17,700

2016: $1,250

2012: $9,500

2010: $1,500

2008: $500

2006: $12,950

Total: $43,400

Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts

2018: $1,000

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas

2018: $11,768

2014: $1,000

2012: $1,000

Total: $13,768

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio

2016: $2,500

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

2018: $3,170

2016: $5,045

2012: $5,500

2006: $2,450

2004: $500

1998: $35

Total: $16,700

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

2018: $5,820

2016: $260

2012: $16,492

Total: $22,572

Among other sources, CRP compiles data from the Federal Election Commission and ‘lists candidates receiving money’ from organizations like Planned Parenthood. CRP notes that the ‘organizations themselves did not donate,’ but instead the ‘money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.’ The totals listed for organizations may also ‘include subsidiaries and affiliates.’

In its outside spending, or ‘political expenditures made by groups or individuals independently of, and not coordinated with, candidates’ committees,’ Planned Parenthood regularly spends millions for Democrats as well as millions against Republicans.

But money from Planned Parenthood doesn’t necessarily translate into a win. Hillary Clinton made headlines for becoming Planned Parenthood’s first primary endorsement in history. Her 2016 Democratic presidential campaign received $104,148 from Planned Parenthood, according to CRP. That’s not counting the millions that likely went indirectly to her campaign.

According to its most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions and received $563.8 million in ‘Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants’ for the fiscal year 2017–18.

In a January tweet, Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen admitted that abortion is her organization’s ‘core mission.’ Abortion shouldn’t be a Left or Right issue – it should be a human rights issue that both sides unite against. But American citizens shouldn’t be surprised when these candidates consider abortion their mission too.


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