Like It or Not, Komen and Planned Parenthood Are Political

Outrage continues to mount over the decision by cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.

Critics have accused Komen of playing politics. Many question whether the decision is traceable, in part, to the hiring of Karen Handel as senior vice president of public policy. Handel ran unsuccessfully as a pro-life candidate for governor of Georgia in 2010.

The response to Komen’s action has been anything but apolitical.

California affiliates of Komen sent a statement to their congressional delegation Thursday, voicing their opposition.

U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both Democrats from Washington, sent Brinker a letter signed by 24 of their colleagues. “This troubling decision threatens to reduce access to necessary, life-saving services,” they wrote.

Both organizations reported sudden surges in contributions. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged up to $250,000 to Planned Parenthood, saying, “Politics have no place in health care.”

Komen founder Nancy G. Brinker spoke at a press conference and made numerous media appearances Thursday, insisting that the de-funding resulted from a focus on higher standards for grants.

The reason given for the split was a new rule against funding organizations that are under investigation. Planned Parenthood is the target of a review by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who opposes abortion.

“We’re not a political organization and this is not a political decision,” Brinker said Thursday.

Yet like it or not, both Komen and Planned Parenthood have been political organizations for years. Each maintains well-funded lobbying efforts in Washington.

The Susan G. Komen For The CURE Advocacy Alliance spent $710,000 last year on lobbying in Washington. In addition to its own lobbyists, the group contracts with lobby shop Foley Hoag. (We list legislation lobbied below.)

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is active in Washington through its own lobbying and through its advocacy arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

The federation reported spending nearly $1.4 million on lobbying in 2011, through its own lobbyists and through Glover Park Group. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund spent an additional $340,000 on lobbying.

The amount Planned Parenthood received from Komen last year was about $700,000 – far less than its total lobbying tab.

Planned Parenthood has long had to fend off attacks from the right, which has repeatedly tried to cut its funding.

In addition to lobbying efforts, the organization has local, state and national political action committees.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc. PAC raised more than $297,000 last year and contributed more than $137,000 to Democratic candidates and committees.

An affiliated super PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes, reported this week that it had $1.1 million on hand.

An additional note on lobbying connections:

One of Komen’s board members, John D. Raffaelli, disputes Brinker’s version of events. The New York Times quotes him as saying that Komen changed its policies specifically to end relations with Planned Parenthood.

Raffaelli, a member of the First Street 30, is a registered lobbyist with Capitol Counsel, LLC. His clients include companies from the health care and pharmaceutical sectors, such as Cardinal Health, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc. and the American Health Care Association.

Update: On Friday morning, Komen reversed itself. Brinker and the board released a statement apologizing for “recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”

The group said it would change its rule about defunding organizations under investigation, so that such probes would have to be “criminal and conclusive in nature.”

The statement went on: “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.”


Legislation lobbied by Komen:

112 H.R.111: Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2011
112 H.R.2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2245: Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act of 2011
112 H.R.2499: Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost-Saving Act of 2011
112 H.R.2746: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2011
112 H.R.3067: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2011
112 H.R.3070: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.3102: Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2011
112 H.R.3613: Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act
112 H.R.3705: Comprehensive Cancer Care Improvement Act of 2011
112 H.R.466: To amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 S.1599: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.296: Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act
112 S.384: A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 H.R.111: Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2011
112 H.R.2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2245: Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act of 2011
112 H.R.2499: Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost-Saving Act of 2011
112 H.R.2746: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2011
112 H.R.3070: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.466: To amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 S.1599: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.296: Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act
112 S.384: A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.466: To amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 H.RES.234: Recognizing the importance of breast cancer early detection efforts.
112 S.384: A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 S.RES.144: A resolution supporting early detection for breast cancer.
112 H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.466: To amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.
112 S.384: A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.


Legislation lobbied by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

112 H.CON.RES.36: Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473.
112 H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.1085: Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act of 2011
112 H.R.1096: Sanctity of Life Act of 2011
112 H.R.1099: Taxpayers’ Freedom of Conscience Act of 2011
112 H.R.1179: Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011
112 H.R.1213: To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges.
112 H.R.1214: To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction.
112 H.R.1216: To amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.
112 H.R.1232: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate certain tax benefits relating to abortion.
112 H.R.1319: Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2011
112 H.R.1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
112 H.R.2: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
112 H.R.2017: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2055: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2059: To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund.
112 H.R.2085: MARCH for Military Women Act
112 H.R.2112: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.212: Sanctity of Human Life Act
112 H.R.2144: 21st Century Global Health Technology Act
112 H.R.217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
112 H.R.2221: Girls Protection Act of 2011
112 H.R.2299: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
112 H.R.2337: Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011
112 H.R.2434: Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2543: Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act
112 H.R.2583: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012
112 H.R.2608: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2639: Global Democracy Promotion Act
112 H.R.2659: Access to Birth Control Act
112 H.R.2678: Communities of Color Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Act of 2011
112 H.R.2693: Budget Control Act of 2011
112 H.R.2699: Peace Corps Volunteer Service Improvement Act of 2011
112 H.R.2829: United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011
112 H.R.2954: Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011
112 H.R.3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
112 H.R.3070: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.3130: Heartbeat Informed Consent Act
112 H.R.3324: Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2011
112 H.R.3541: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011
112 H.R.358: Protect Life Act
112 H.R.3589: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011
112 H.R.361: Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
112 H.R.374: Life at Conception Act
112 H.R.536: Indian Healthcare Improvement Act of 2011
112 H.R.593: Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2011
112 H.R.844: Empowering States to Innovate Act
112 H.R.949: Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope, and Dignity Restoration Act of 2011
112 H.RES.237: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.
112 H.RES.300: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2112) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
112 H.RES.430: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 358) to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act.
112 S.1005: Parental Notification and Intervention Act of 2011
112 S.121: Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act
112 S.1241: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
112 S.1280: Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011
112 S.1374: Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act
112 S.1415: Access to Birth Control Act
112 S.1426: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013
112 S.1437: Communities of Color Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Act of 2011
112 S.1467: Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011
112 S.1484: Hyde and Related Amendments Codification Act
112 S.1488: Hyde Amendment Codification Act
112 S.1489: Health Care Provider and Hospital Conscience Protection Act
112 S.1490: Pregnancy Assistance Fund Expansion Act
112 S.1573: Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.1585: Global Democracy Promotion Act
112 S.1599: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.1601: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.165: Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
112 S.167: Child Custody Protection Act
112 S.1782: Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2011
112 S.1848: United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011
112 S.1904: Welfare Reform Act of 2011
112 S.192: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
112 S.248: Empowering States to Innovate Act
112 S.314: Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2011
112 S.365: Budget Control Act of 2011
112 S.414: International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011
112 S.578: Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act of 2011
112 S.877: Protect Life Act
112 S.906: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
112 S.91: Life at Conception Act
112 S.96: Title X Family Planning Act


Legislation lobbied by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

112 H.CON.RES.36: Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473.
112 H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.1319: Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2011
112 H.R.1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
112 H.R.2055: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2112: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.2583: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012
112 H.R.2639: Global Democracy Promotion Act
112 H.R.2693: Budget Control Act of 2011
112 H.R.3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
112 H.R.3070: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 H.R.3541: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011
112 H.R.358: Protect Life Act
112 H.RES.237: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.
112 H.RES.430: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 358) to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act.
112 S.1426: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013
112 S.1585: Global Democracy Promotion Act
112 S.1599: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.1601: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012
112 S.365: Budget Control Act of 2011
112 S.877: Protect Life Act
112 S.906: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

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