Planned Parenthood Votes, a political spending arm of the reproductive health care organization, reported raising $2.7 million in July during its last monthly deposit with the Federal Election Commission. It’s down from nearly $5.1 million in June, but the super PAC is still on track for record fundraising this election cycle.
That of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade turned the organization upside down century’s fight for access to reproductive health care — and strong voters who care about abortion rights, the second most important issue shaping the 2022 midterm elections according to a recent USA Today and Suffolk University poll. Planned Parenthood has been providing abortion services since 1970 in addition to others health services including cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease screening tests and birth control. But now these abortion services have been arrested in certain clinics subject to state trigger laws.
The organization mounted a political pressure campaign in response to the Supreme Court decision, creating action guides urging people to donate to clinics and appeal to their representatives to protect access to abortion.
Planned Parenthood Votes reported raising more than $17.7 million in contributions to the 2022 election cycle and spending $9.1 million through July 31, OpenSecrets’ review of FEC disclosures filed on July 31 revealed. 20 August.
The super PAC has raised more money in the 2022 midterms through July 31 than on the same date in previous election cycles, putting it on track for record fundraising. The super PAC said it raised more than $4.4 million more than during the same period of the 2020 election cycle.
The super PAC is still about $250,000 lower than its 2020 disbursements over the same period, and it spent $20.6 million from August to December of this cycle. With $9.9 million available as of July 31, Planned Parenthood Votes may not have a large enough war chest to spend more than the $30.1 million it lost in the last election cycle.
More than $4 million of the nearly $9.1 million in family planning votes spent so far this election cycle came in June after the leaked Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This includes over $4 million spent by the super PAC. Nearly $3.8 million was spent on ads opposing GOP candidate Mehmet Oz senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania — the most money the super PAC has spent against a single candidate as of July 31, according to data from OpenSecrets.
The super PAC deployed a television ad in June claiming that Oz “wants to make abortion a crime in Pennsylvania.” TV personality, popularly known as “Dr. Oz,” said he is “100% pro-life”, but he supports access to abortion in case of rape, incest or health risk.
Since January 2021, the super PAC has also spent over $402,000 to support the Democratic Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock – who represent a state where a fetus qualify now for tax credits and alimony.
Last month, Votes for Family Planning money spent on communications for the National Democratic Training Committee, the largest Democratic campaign training program in the United States. The super PAC also made checks for shippers that were not candidate-specific, FEC filings reveal.
Top Planned Parenthood Votes Donors
Democratic megadonor Donald Sussman contributed $1 million to the votes for family planning in July, a new analysis of the August monthly deposits has been found. Hedge fund manager and board member of the Center for American Progress, Sussman has also donated to Michigan’s Democratic government. Gretchen Whitmerit is re-election campaign and Stacey Abrams gubernatorial campaign.
Another million dollar donor in July was Quinn Delaney, founder and chairman of the board of the racial justice-focused Akonadi Foundation. Delaney serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
The super PAC also received $475,000 of the Strategic Victory Fund IE PAC, a super PAC linked to the Democratic Party“black money” group Strategic Victory Fund. Strategic Victory Fund PAC received $3.3 million from the Strategic Victory Fund in the last election cycle, but it reported no dark money group contributions as of July 31 in the 2022 midterms.
On the contrary, the super PAC is raise millions of dollars groups of workers affiliated with carpenters.
Union of carpenters and joiners, one of the biggest unions in the United States and an influential force in labor sector policy efforts, is the lead donor to the Strategic Victory Fund PAC for this election cycle. The union said it had contributed $3.5 million to the Victory Strategic Fund PAC as of July 31. to July 31.
The Senate Majority PAC is currently the top contributor to Family Planning votes, contributing just under $3 million to the super PAC as of July 31.
Democracy PAC, the super PAC funded by Democratic megadonor and billionaire hedge fund founder George Soros, has contributed $1 million to Planned Parenthood Votes. Democracy PAC has also contributed $3.5 million to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which is the organization’s other political spending arm focused on reproductive rights advocacy at the federal level.
Planned Parenthood donated an additional $2.5 million to Planned Parenthood Votes.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund also saw a modest increase in contributions. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund said it received $66,000 in May following the POLITICO explosive reporting on the draft opinion and $71,000 in July after decision abandoned at the end of June – more money than he collected per month during the election cycle. The traditional PAC, which caps contributions at $5,000 compared to unlimited contributions to Family Planning votes, said it has raised $751,000 through July 31.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund also set a new federal lobbying record in the second quarter of this year, spending nearly $570,000 from April through June. The group lobbied on several federal bills, including the Women’s Health Protection Act it remains blocked.
Towards the end of the second trimester, Planned Parenthood seen a 4,000% increase in donations after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the federal abortion law.
Last week, the votes for family planning announcement a $50 million campaign investment that will initially target nine key states: Georgia, Nevada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan and Wisconsin. Local family planning advocacy groups will campaign in Colorado, California, Maine, Ohio and Florida.
The organization’s advocacy arms also plan to launch a Black, Latino and Color Youth Organizing Program that will focus its efforts in Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona.
“Big stakes require big investments, which is why this fall, Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations will mount our largest-ever election campaign to preserve and expand abortion access in as many states as possible,” Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said in a statement.