Planned Parenthood has launched Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio, a super-PAC that claims is the group’s “largest electoral plan in history.”
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Planned Parenthood is hoping to raise $1.5 million this election cycle.
OpenSecrets.org has published the super-PAC’s 2018 Summary Data, along with a full list of donors.
Communications and digital manager for Planned Parenthood Ohio, Sara Inskeep, says the organization will go door-to-door seeking support of candidates from either party who share Planned Parenthood’s agenda.
“This administration (of Republican Gov. John Kasich) has been the most harmful to the work we’ve done,” Inskeep said, adding that she worried Republican lawmakers would continue to target her organization after the election on November 6th.
The new super-Pac is considered an independent political action committee that is able to raise unlimited sums. Inskeep said it will be active in all statewide races, but would be particularly active in the gubernatorial race between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray.
“Of course we’re focused on the top of the ticket,” Inskeep said.
She also stated that the group would be supporing Democrat Danny O’Connor in his rematch in the 12th Congressional District against Republican Congressman-elect Troy Balderson. The group will also be supporting Democratic upstart Aftab Pureval in his bid to unseat GOP Rep. Steve Chabot in Cincinnati-area Congressional District 1, which the Cook Political Report now rates as a “tossup,” according to The Columbus Dispatch.
On the federal side, Planned Parenthood and others who support abortion rights fear Brett Kavanaugh will cast the deciding vote to overturn the 1973 decision declaring that women have constitutionally protected access to abortions, Roe v Wade.
Due to this fear, Planned Parenthood is focusing on Kavanaugh and released a six-figure ad buy that released the same day his Senate confirmation process began.
The TV ads will air in Washington, D.C., and Alaska, home of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a key voter in the confirmation process, and self-described pro-choice Republican.
The ads will be ran through next weekend on both NBC’s “Meet the Press” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The ads in Alaska will air both on TV and radio.
“These ads launching today make clear that people want a Supreme Court nominee that will protect their right to safe, legal abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Planned Parenthood supporters could be seen outside the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing where 22 protesters were arrested, including Linda Sarsour.
The protesters were charged with disorderly conduct, according to a Capitol Police spokeswoman, who added that there would be an update provided at the end of the day.
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