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Planned Parenthood has paid nearly $100,000 into the war chests of the six Democrats just selected to sit on the new House Select Investigative Panel probing Planned Parenthood’s atrocities.

In fact, the abortion lobby as a whole has given these six Members of Congress hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is the abortion industry’s Congressional dream team.

As The Hill reports:

House Minority Leader [mc_name name='Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)' chamber='house' mcid='P000197' ] (D-Calif.) has picked six strong abortion rights supporters for the GOP-led panel on Planned Parenthood, setting up a showdown over the already-controversial probe.

[mc_name name='Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)' chamber='house' mcid='S001145' ] (D-Ill.), a leading member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, was picked as the top Democrat on the panel.

She will join five other abortion rights supporters on the panel, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), [mc_name name='Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)' chamber='house' mcid='S001175' ] (Calif.), Suzan DelBene (Wash.) and [mc_name name='Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)' chamber='house' mcid='W000822' ] (N.J.).

But these are far more than abortion rights supporters; these Members are handpicked by the abortion industry.  They are practically on Planned Parenthood’s payroll.

According to data compiled from the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission, Planned Parenthood has dolled out $86,917 to these six Members of Congress alone.

Here’s the breakdown of Planned Parenthood’s payments:

  • [mc_name name="Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)" chamber="house" mcid="D000197" ]: $41,485
  • [mc_name name="Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)" chamber="house" mcid="D000617" ]: $19,232
  • [mc_name name="Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)" chamber="house" mcid="S001145" ]: $13,115
  • [mc_name name="Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)" chamber="house" mcid="N000002" ]: $5,785
  • [mc_name name='Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)' chamber='house' mcid='S001175' ] (D-CA): $4,800
  • [mc_name name="Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)" chamber="house" mcid="W000822" ]: $2,500 (a freshman Member of Congress)

But this isn’t the half of it.  The abortion industry as a whole has been stuffing these members’ campaign coffers with hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The abortion lobby, Emily’s List, has given the ranking member of this panel (which is supposed to be investigating the abortion industry’s legally dubious practice of selling aborted babies’ body parts to pad “their bottom line”), Rep. Schakowsky, over $64,000 dollars in direct campaign contributions.  It has handed [mc_name name='Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)' chamber='house' mcid='D000617' ] over $48,000.

Likewise NARAL Pro-Choice America has flooded [mc_name name='Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)' chamber='house' mcid='D000197' ]’s campaign coffers with over $31,000 and [mc_name name='Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)' chamber='house' mcid='N000002' ]’s with over $19,000.

All totaled, the abortion industry has paid more than $305,000 for the six Democrats appointed to the Select Investigative Panel tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood.

But this only accounts for direct campaign contributions and does not include the potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars more in independent expenditures on these members’ behalf.

This is far beyond a conflict of interest.  The Democrats on the panel are literally sponsored by Planned Parenthood and big abortion.  They might as well wear their logos to the committee hearings.

This blood money has paid for Planned Parenthood’s congressional defense team – an all-star band of abortion radicals to do the abortion industry’s dirty work.  It’s unquestionable that the Democrats selected to this committee will do everything in their power to deflect, disrupt, and deceive.

While Minority Leader Pelosi mocks that this is a “Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health,” her Democrat appointees are trying to create the Select Committee to Protect Planned Parenthood.

They’re not interested in the truth. They’re not interested in the law.  They’re not interested in defending women (especially unborn women).  They’re only interested in defending abortion – at all cost (though it seems to pay well).

The American people (and the unborn babies who are being sold part-by-part) deserve a real investigation.  Over 317,000 people – that’s right, one person for every dollar the abortion industry has paid to its abortion dream team – have signed our petition demanding an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s atrocities.  (You can add your name too.)

Though the abortion industry may have bought a chunk of this panel, we won’t give up the fight.  Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.

Matthew Clark is Senior Counsel for Digital Advocacy with the ACLJ. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.