Planned Parenthood’s political organization has joined a number of other progressive groups to chip in $30 million in order to make “infrequent voters” go to the polls this year and cast ballots for progressive candidates. The targeted groups include racial minorities, young people, and women, according to a joint press release. Led by Planned Parenthood Votes, Center for Community Change Action, Color of Change PAC, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the effort will target Nevada, Michigan, and Florida. “2018 is going to be a year of reckoning for the billionaires and politicians who have spent decades trying to weaken the power of working people,” SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said in a press release.

“We are going to change the face of the electorate in Florida, Michigan and Nevada from the ground up by mobilizing a diverse movement that includes people of color, women and young people to build a lasting coalition for change.” The coalition will target one million voters with its “Win Justice” campaign in Michigan, 250,000 in Nevada, and 1.25 million in Florida. Florida has seen the most demographic change since the 2016 election: thousands of Puerto Ricans fled to the Sunshine State in the wake of the devastating hurricanes of that year. Democrats are expecting their support.

Florida and Nevada are the site of two Senate races that some pundits have given Democrats and Republicans equal chances of victory. Planned Parenthood Votes made a similar effort just one month before Hillary Clinton lost her bid in 2016 to win the White House. “For people of color, young people, and women, everything is on the line in this election,” Deirdre Schifeling, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said in a statement. “The Trump-Pence administration has rolled out discriminatory rules and policies that undermine our basic rights and freedoms. To win in 2018, we need to channel the unprecedented energy and activism we’ve seen in response to these attacks towards winning at the ballot box.”

The progressive coalition admitted that the strategy did not work in previous midterm elections, saying in its release that it was “because efforts often engage too close to election day and don’t build real relationships.” 

Here follows a breakdown of contributions made to federal candidates by Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC in 2018:

House of Representatives

Total to Republicans: $0

Total to Democrats:   $65,351

Adams, Alma (D-NC)    $2,500
Barragan, Nanette (D-CA)    $1,000
Bass, Karen (D-CA)    $2,500
Bera, Ami (D-CA)    $1,500
Brownley, Julia (D-CA)    $1,500
Bustos, Cheri (D-IL)    $1,500
Carbajal, Salud (D-CA)    $1,500
Cardenas, Tony (D-CA)    $1,000
Carroll, Morgan (D-CO)    ($2,500)
Cartwright, Matt (D-PA)    $1,500
Castor, Kathy (D-FL)    $1,000
Castro, Joaquin (D-TX)    $1,000
Chu, Judy (D-CA)    $1,500
Clark, Katherine (D-MA)    $1,000
DeGette, Diana (D-CO)    $1,000
DeLauro, Rosa L (D-CT)    $1,000
DelBene, Suzan (D-WA)    $1,000
Engel, Eliot L (D-NY)    $1,000
Esty, Elizabeth (D-CT)    $1,500
Frankel, Lois J (D-FL)    $1,000
Gomez, Jimmy (D-CA)    $2,500
Gottheimer, Josh (D-NJ)    $1,500
Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD)    $2,500
Jayapal, Pramila (D-WA)    $2,500
Kelly, Robin (D-IL)    $0
Kennedy, Joe III (D-MA)    $1,000
Kihuen, Ruben (D-NV)    $1,500
Kuster, Ann Mclane (D-NH)    $1,500
Lee, Barbara (D-CA)    $1,000
Loebsack, David (D-IA)    $1,000
Lofgren, Zoe (D-CA)    ($1,000)
Lowey, Nita M (D-NY)    $1,077
Maloney, Sean Patrick (D-NY)    $1,500
Meng, Grace (D-NY)    $2,500
Moore, Gwen (D-WI)    $1,000
Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL)    $1,500
Nolan, Rick (D-MN)    $1,500
O'Halleran, Tom (D-AZ)    $1,500
Ossoff, Jon (D-GA)    $6,509
Perkins, Randy (D-FL)    ($2,500)
Quigley, Mike (D-IL)    $1,000
Quist, Robert E. (D-MT)    $3,265
Ruiz, Raul (D-CA)    $1,500
Rush, Bobby L (D-IL)    ($1,000)
Schakowsky, Jan (D-IL)    $2,500
Schneider, Brad (D-IL)    $3,000
Schultz, Debbie Wasserman (D-FL)    $1,000
Serrano, Jose E (D-NY)    ($1,000)
Slaughter, Louise M (D-NY)    $2,500
Soto, Darren (D-FL)    $1,000
Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS)    $0


Total to Democrats: $33,596
Total to Republicans: $0
Recipient    Total
Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI)    $2,500
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)    $959
Cardin, Ben (D-MD)    $2,000
Carper, Tom (D-DE)    $2,000
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)    $2,000
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)    $2,000
Heinrich, Martin (D-NM)    $2,000
Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)    $1,000
Kaine, Tim (D-VA)    $2,500
King, Angus (I-ME)    $2,000
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)    $2,000
Masto, Catherine Cortez (D-NV)    ($370)
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)    $3,500
Murphy, Christopher S (D-CT)    $1,000
Nelson, Bill (D-FL)    $2,500
Sanders, Bernie (I-VT)    $2,000
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)    $3,500
Tester, Jon (D-MT)    $2,500
Warren, Elizabeth (D-MA)    $7
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)    $2,000

Based on data released by the FEC on March 26, 2018.

Planned Parenthood Votes

As of the end of February, Planned Parenthood Votes PAC had not contributed to any federal candidates. However, as of April 15, Planned Parenthood Votes had contributed a Grand Total: $127,795 in various political efforts, overall. It contributed $27,541 in favor of Democrats and  $100,254 against Republicans. This included $2000 to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Republican who represents the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. 

The two biggest donors to Planned Parenthood Votes listed were Ohio attorney Richard Rosenthal ($1 million), and Andrea Soros Colombel ($500,000) -- the daughter of Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros. 



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