Planned Parenthood Kicks Karl Rove’s Butt

In the first post-Citizens United presidential election Karl Rove proved one thing: Republicans can spend grotesque amounts of money and rarely do they have anything to show for it. Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, does.

Planned Parenthood’s political wing crushed Karl Rove’s conservative action groups with a near perfect return on its election spending. In a post-election spending post-mortem, the Sunlight Foundation found that Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm and super-PAC spent approximately $5 million and $7 million respectively to oppose Republicans and support Democrats in the general election. That’s a rate of return of 98 percent!

This was the most involved Planned Parenthood’s political wing has been in a general election. But the response was obviously necessary after the Tea Party wave of 2010 brought in hard-right candidates determined to end Planned Parenthood’s funding as a healthcare provider for low income women.

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, by comparison, has a rate of return of 1.3 percent. That’s it. It feels like there’s an Occupy joke in there somewhere.

There is, without a doubt, a certain amount of joy in knowing Rove could have had just as much electoral success piling up his hundreds of millions in dollars and lighting it on fire. Schadenfreude aside, it should be noted that the candidates Planned Parenthood backed, like Senator Claire McCaskill, are Democrats and pro-choice, but they are hardly pro-abortion radicals but status quo  pragmatists.

That means women’s health advocates had to spend tens of millions of dollars to make sure things didn’t get worse rather than spending that money to make them better. The results were worth every penny, but I’m looking forward to the day when we can spend money promoting a pro-woman agenda and passing pro-woman legislation. The good news is Planned Parenthood and similar pro-woman advocacy groups have proven they can get results and we have the base needed to build on. Our challenge is to carry this momentum and our message into the midterm elections and beyond. That’s how change really happens.


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Photo from S.MiRK via flickr.


Susan Allen
Susan Allen4 years ago

Kevin B. writes "...Do you understand the words "nonprofit"?" Let me answer that for you Kevin, no. The word stupid comes to mind. I was going to respond to Sarah's ridiculous and dumb comment, so glad you took care of that for me :)

pam w.
pam w4 years ago

Next Allan Y. will claim OBAMA invented Planned Parenthood!

He's a sad example of people who will believe ANYTHING they're told.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), commonly shortened to Planned Parenthood, is the U.S. affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and one of its larger members. PPFA is a non-profit organization providing reproductive health and maternal and child health services.

Do you understand the words "nonprofit"?

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

(cont) In addition to mammogram referrals, the group says it helps low-income patients find grants and assistance to pay for mammograms, such as through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is for women at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania also has a Breast Health Care Fund, which helps patients obtain mammograms.

Individual clinics also may occasionally sponsor no-cost mammogram events — for instance, on Oct. 19, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, N.Y., plans to sponsor free mammograms at a mammography van at the health center. In south-central New York, a state program parks its mobile van outside two Planned Parenthood clinics.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Here that everyone Sarah H. has concluded (through some mystical process) that Planned Parenthood pretty much only exists to perform abortions (despite that 97% of what they do has nothing to do with abortions)

Women can’t walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and get a mammogram on the spot. The clinics don’t have mammography equipment. Planned Parenthood performs gynecological exams, including breast exams, and refers women to other facilities to have mammograms performed, much like women are referred to radiological centers by their gynecologists or primary care physicians.

According to Planned Parenthood, its medical staff performed 747,607 “breast exams/breast care” in 2010, the most recent statistics available. As for cervical cancer screenings, as the president mentioned, it performed 769,769 Pap tests. (cont)

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

Planned Parenthood is a for profit business and should NOT be getting any of our tax dollars. Their main function is to perform abortions. They do not perform mammograms because they don't own even 1 machine.

Heather G.
Heather G4 years ago

Allan Y, you are spreading lies.

Susan Allen
Susan Allen4 years ago

Allan Y., too bad, you don't have a clue what you're talking about.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Allan Y. You don't know what the hell you are talking about. Government money IS NOT ALLOWED to pay for abortions. Why don't you learn the facts about an issue before sounding off about it?

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

Without boundaries, or controls, Planned Parenthood is one of the greatest drains on our economy. A pregnant 14 year old can walk into their office, sign up for free medical care, free delivery as well. After, she can receive free doctor visits, formula, diapers, up to 14 months.
On the other end, the same girl can get a 99.00 abortion; most paid by the government.