It turns out there’s nothing shady about Planned Parenthood’s finances, and that’s according to House Republicans, who orchestrated the recent hearing about the organization in which they badgered CEO Cecile Richard.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who was otherwise busy this week attempting to become Speaker of the House, admitted it on Thursday:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that the GOP’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds hasn’t turned up anything.
“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any,” he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider.
During the hearing, Chaffetz and his cohorts had insinuated that Richard and her staff were being paid exorbitant amounts of money, and that funds earmarked for women’s health were being used to finance abortions, which they are prohibited from doing. They even complained that the group had earned revenue, even though they put that money right back into their operations – giving hundreds of thousands of American women access to health care they might not otherwise have.
Despite the theatrics for the cameras, which have now gone on to be fodder for fundraising appeals for re-election campaigns and outside anti-abortion groups, the House probe found no wrongdoing.
Apparently House Republicans don’t feel as if they’ve wasted enough money on these investigations, prompted by deceptive, highly edited videos that claimed Planned Parenthood was involved in the sale of human body parts (a charge now refuted by multiple state investigations), House Republicans say they plan to emulate the Select Committee on Benghazi in order to persecute Planned Parenthood.
Even with a multi-million dollar taxpayer financed attack campaign against the organization, Planned Parenthood had very high support in several recent polls, while the overall issue motivating the right – access to abortion – continues to be supported by a strong majority of Americans.
Other than as a waste of tax dollars, the campaign against Planned Parenthood continues to fail.
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