Why Republicans Fear Planned Parenthood

I have no doubt that a fair number of Republicans truly view Planned Parenthood as a vile organization that kidnaps pregnant women, aborts their fetuses against their will, and sells the body parts for profit. But the smarter ones realize that Planned Parenthood is a very effective advocacy group. Very effective (boldface mine):

…Planned Parenthood has a political action committee called Planned Parenthood Action Fund (hereinafter, PP Action Fund). In the 2012 elections, of the $5,141,216 the PP Action Fund spent on either supporting candidates who supported reproductive rights or opposing candidates who were antagonistic to such rights, the Return on Investment in these races was a flabbergasting 98.1%. In short, they got their money’s worth and were successful in targeting key races where they could make the most difference and elect pro-choice Democrats and defeat antedeluvian shills of the Republican Crimelords.

For example, PP Action Fund spent $62,787.72 in support of Tammy Baldwin (D) and the same amount to defeat Tommy Thompson (R-idiculous) in the race for representation in the US Senate for the occupied state of ScottWalkerStan. Tammy won, and so, in that race the PP Action Fund’s ROI was 100%. That is to say that every dollar they spent was effective in helping to deliver the desired result. Were they solely responsible for that result? Of course not, but they knew where to place their bets and undoubtedly helped Tammy beat Tommy.

PP Action Fund’s ROI rate of 98.1% bested all of the outside groups you love to hate, including, but not limited to the following: American Crossroads, a 1.29% ROI on $104,746,715 spent (wow, I think they took the wrong road at the split); National Republican Congressional Committee, a 31.88% ROI on $64,653,292 spent (oh, please keep raining millions like confetti on the wrong people); US Chamber of Commerce, a 6.90% ROI on $32,676,075 (This might explain our trade imbalance).

PP Action Fund even bested some outside groups we probably should love, but are having some relationship difficulties with, such as the Democratic National Campaign Committee which reportedly had a 61.66% ROI on the $60,681,466 Debbie [Wasserman-Schultz, head of the DNCC] spent.

…PP Action Fund achieved a higher return on its investment than those sterling, cigar-chomping, financial wizards at the Club for Growth. Grover spent $16,584,305 and achieved a 41.79% return on his investment….

…The second reason the Republicans tremble when they see Cecile Richards marching toward them in stilettos prepared to walk all over them is that the PP Action Fund is highly effective at getting out the vote, especially the votes of young women who tend to vote Democratic. They did this in the races of Senator Franken and of Mark Dayton (D), Governor of Minnesota. Without their help, Minnesota could have gone to the darkside and Al Franken would be home writing a sequel about the liars he has personally known in Congress.

Yet there are still some Democrats who would run away from Planned Parenthood, especially at the state level.

Like I mentioned at the outset, I believe most Republicans despise Planned Parenthood out of sincerely held beliefs (including a healthy dose of misogyny). But they also understand that successful left-leaning organizations also serve a political purpose, and the Republican establishment–not just some bloggers–targets those organizations. Would that Democrats do the same (although more intelligently).

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3 Responses to Why Republicans Fear Planned Parenthood

  1. Min says:

    How do you measure ROI in political races? The fact that your candidate won is a very crude measure. How do you know what the outcome would have been if you did not spend the money to back them? Also, political action can be effective even if your candidate does not win. Politics is a long game.

  2. Scott Garren says:

    I agree that the ROI measure cited is a poor one. If you only supported candidates who were going to win anyway your ROI as measured would be 100% but you value-added would be 0%. I would think that an ROI in the 50-60% would show you were spending on competitive races and making a difference.

  3. anthrosciguy says:

    An ROI of 50% could just as easily mean you spent half your money on sure things and the other half on lost causes.

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