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Published — September 13, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: Planned Parenthood airs ads opposing Romney

Ad overstates case

Introduction

Planned Parenthood this week began its most extensive attack this election on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spending $1.8 million on a new television ad that’s part of a $3.2 million initiative.

The ad, called “Mitt Romney Would Turn Back the Clock on Women’s Health,” began airing in northern Virginia this week and is set to run throughout Virginia and Ohio in the coming weeks, according to a press release.

The ad buy comes via Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC that is allowed to accept contributions of unlimited size from individuals, unions and corporations. Planned Parenthood has also made campaign expenditures through its nonprofit, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which is not required to reveal its donors, as well as a handful of local affiliates.

The new ad shows clips of Romney saying he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman’s right to an abortion, as well as saying, “Planned Parenthood — we’re going to get rid of that.”

Women “should be making our personal medical decisions —not Mitt Romney,” the narrator says as the clips of Romney are played in black and white on a 1950s-era television.

Part of Romney’s plan to reduce government spending is to eliminate Title X funding, which provides government support for family planning services like Planned Parenthood.

Romney was not expressing his intent to close down the facilities, which, even as president, he cannot do since they are not federal entities, but rather he was referring to programs he would defund in order to save money, which also included Amtrak and the National Endowment for the Arts, he said during the CNN interview.

Planned Parenthood’s Title X funding cannot be used to provide abortions, which make up only a small percentage of services the women’s health organization provides: about 3 percent of services are directed toward abortions, according to FactCheck.org.

The other 97 percent are dedicated to contraception, treatment and tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, and other women’s health services, Factcheck.org says.

About 5 million people use its services every year, according to Planned Parenthood’s website.

In 2009, Planned Parenthood received about 6 percent of its funding from Title X, about $70 million, according to its annual report, and an additional 26 percent from state and federal Medicaid funding, FactCheck.org found. Health center income and private contributions make up the other two-thirds of its revenue.

Planned Parenthood’s politically active groups have reported $3.8 million in independent campaign spending, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, with the bulk of that money going to opposing Romney.

EMILY’s List, another politically active group supporting abortion-rights candidates, has reported spending about $2.5 million this election, according to CRP, and NARAL Pro-Choice America has spent $606,000.

Abortion-rights groups are countered by anti-abortion organizations, including the Susan B. Anthony List, which has spent $1.3 million, and National Right to Life, which has spent about $1 million.

In other outside spending news:

  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $2.1 million on ads opposing Republicans in 15 districts, including an ad opposing former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the state. And “Joe Heck: Heck No” criticizes Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck for opposing funding for Planned Parenthood and the HPV vaccine.
  • Linda McMahon Puts Profits Before People” from the Democratic Senatorial Congressional Committee opposes the ex-wrestling executive running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut against Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy.
  • It’s Our Time” from the Republican National Committee supports Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.
  • The National Republican Senatorial Committee released an ad highlighting the House Ethics Committee probe of Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who is vying for the seat of Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
  • The NRCC also added Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s 1st District to its list of 2012’s “most corrupt Democrats” in a new online ad.
  • Didn’t Take Long” from AFSCME PEOPLE, a PAC of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, opposes the re-election of Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio.
  • Conservative super PAC American Crossroads released “Words,” highlighting Obama’s alleged broken promises.
  • SEIU COPE, the PAC of the Service Employees International Union, reported spending $148,000 on television ads opposing Keith Rothfus, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 12th District, where he hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Mark Critz.
  • Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit focusing on national security, released an ad calling for senior Obama advisor David Plouffe to resign based on a tenuous connection to Iran.
  • Conservative nonprofit American Future Fund spent $152,000 on more airtime for its ads “Heartbeat” and “Janesville,” which both premiered last week.
  • New super PACs: Indian Americans for Freedom in Chicago, King of Il Super PAC NFP in Chicago and Extremely R Republicans in Kansas City, Mo.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.