WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2014 ( – The employees of Catholic Relief Services have donated tens of thousands of dollars to elect pro-abortion politicians to office since 1990.

A review of publicly available campaign records shows that CRS officials gave 98.1 percent of their political donations to candidates and organizations that promote abortion-on-demand. A total of 31 CRS employees donated $26,156 to national political candidates or political party groups over the last 24 years.

The largest beneficiary by far was Barack Obama, who collected a total of $13,250 in his two presidential races. That accounts for 51 percent of all CRS political donations. Obama received the largest single donation of all, $2,300, as well as two combined donations totaling $2,500 from one CRS employee in 2008.


Other socially liberal presidential candidates receiving CRS funding include Ralph Nader, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Wesley Clark.

Every national congressional candidate to receive CRS donations supported abortion, including Senator Patty Murray of Washington; Democratic House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer; Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Tom Periello of Virginia; Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland; and Lee Ardrey Harris, a Memphis Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006.

Martha Coakley of Massachusetts, who received a $1,000 donation from a CRS employee while running for U.S. Senate in 2010, said that Catholic medical workers who did not wish to administer the morning-after pill “can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”

Only $500 went to Republican candidates during that two-decade-plus time frame: $250 to John McCain in 2008 and $250 to Mitt Romney in 2012. Two of the agency's 31 employees who made political donations supported Republican candidates; the other 94 percent backed Democrats who called themselves “pro-choice.”

All funds that went to political parties went to Democrats, with donations to the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. The Democratic Party has officially supported abortion-on-demand since Jimmy Carter was its presidential nominee. In 2012, the Democratic Party platform called for taxpayer-funded abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

Not content to cheer from the sidelines, one CRS employee left the Catholic charity to work for Obama's re-election campaign directly.

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Melinda “Mindy” Burrell worked at CRS in various capacities from June 1999 until January 2012, specializing in the Balkans, Lebanon, and working to build Palestinian civil society. CRS honored her as its “Outstanding Contributor of 2006.” During her employment, she donated $5,906 exclusively to Democratic candidates and entities.

In 2012, she became the Deputy Get Out the Vote Director in Virginia for Barack Obama's re-election, helping him successfully carry Virginia for the second time. The Women's National Democratic Club reported shortly after the 2012 presidential election that Burrell was “particularly looking forward to President Obama's second term.”