Planned Parenthood to Spend $30 Million in Mid-term Elections-Truth! & Fiction!

Planned Parenthood to Spend $30 Million in Mid-term Elections-Mostly Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

Planned Parenthood is spending $30 million in the 2018 mid-term election to turnout the vote for Democrats in battleground states.

The Truth:

The political arms of Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Votes and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, are part of a coalition that plans to spend $30 million in 2018 mid-term elections. The groups plan to focus on voter turnout in eight battleground states.
However, some critics have misrepresented the Planned Parenthood groups’ $30 million in planned elections spending. They claim Planned Parenthood is using government funding to sway elections. But that’s not the case. Planned Parenthood Votes and the Planned Parenthood Action Forum are political action committees (PACs) that receive funds from private donors. In reality, most federal funding for Planned Parenthood comes via Medicaid reimbursements for preventative care and the Title X family planning resources.


Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood Votes discloses its private donors in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. And, through the end of April, the group had spent about $127,000 on 2018 mid-term elections. Critics have said that the PAC has historically been supported by George Soros, which is true. Soros personally donated $1.5 million in the 2016 election cycle. His family members and associates donated even more.  The Planned Parenthood Action Fund does not disclose its private donors as a 501c4 social welfare nonprofit organization.
Reports about the groups’ plans for 2018 mid-term elections began to filter through the news in April. CNN cited Planned Parenthood Votes officials as saying that plans call for the group to spend $20 million in eight keys states. Then, by mid-May, Roll Call reported that the groups were now part of a liberal coalition called “Win Justice” that planned to spend a total of $30 million. The Center for Community Change Action, Color Of Change PAC, and the Service Employees International Union are also members.
Planned Parenthood Votes spent about $13 million in the 2016 election cycle, so these reports aren’t inconsistent with recent trends. Based on that, and multiple credible reports, we’re calling rumors that Planned Parenthood groups plan to spend $30 million in 2018 mid-terms “mostly truth.”