Planned Parenthood affiliate spent tax dollars on elections, pro-life group claims
CONCORD, New Hampshire, November 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A New Hampshire-based social conservative group is accusing Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) of using tax dollars obtained in its non-profit capacity for election-related activity without reporting it.
NH Cornerstone Action filed the complaint with the office of the state’s Republican attorney general, Gordon MacDonald, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
"In short, Planned Parenthood has unlawfully taken taxpayer dollars granted to their 501-C3 (tax-exempt organization) and used that money for opposing candidates for New Hampshire state offices," NH Cornerstone Action’s Jay Christopher told the paper. "Specifically, Planned Parenthood has failed to report this activity and obscured where the money came from and how it was used."
The group claims that PPNNE’s action fund, which received $422,192 from its taxpayer-financed parent organization, spent $38,500 on political donations as of the third week of October, despite receiving only $14,500 in private donations.
“First, Planned Parenthood appears to have violated RSA 664 by failing to indicate which organization paid for the $48,150 in ‘independent’ expenditures,” the complaint reads. “Second, the c4’s ‘independent’ expenditures do not appear to actually be independent but rather coordinated with the candidate. Prior to expending these funds, Planned Parenthood met with the candidates and had the candidates pose with PP t-shirts and signs.”
“Third, the c4 PAO organization appears to have violated RSA 664:4(V) by accepting contributions from the c4 and c3 organizations in excess of the $5,000 limit,” it continues. “Although the c4 PAO alleges that its contributions are anonymous, it indicates on its September 5, 2018 filing that at least $50,000 of the campaign funds were contributed by the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund sister organization.”
The group also points out that PPNNE agreed to pay a $30,000 fine in 2013 for alleged campaign finance violations in Vermont’s 2010 campaign for governor, “for failing to adhere to Vermont’s $2,000 campaign contribution limitation.”
"The accusations in this document are false," Sabrina Dunlap, PPNNE’s vice president of public policy for the state, claimed. "The entities that conduct our electoral work, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund and Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC, follow all campaign finance laws. No taxpayer dollars or federal or state grant money is used for any electoral work."
“Planned Parenthood has increased their political payouts and politicking (for mostly Democrats) exponentially since the early nineties,” NH Political Buzz notes. “Planned Parenthood of Northern New England also spends $1 million every year on lobbying efforts to demand more of taxpayers’ hard-earned money [for] people like Gray Chynoweth,” a Democrat who lost his election bid Tuesday.