Democrats Use Planned Parenthood Debate to Raise Funds

By Kristina

Apr 8, 2011 3:36pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports:

As Planned Parenthood and Title X Family Planning program takes center stage in the budget showdown, Democrats are using the issue to rile their base and raise money in the process.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today sent a second letter to its supporters asking for contributions for its “emergency Rapid Response” fund, the goal of which is to raise $100,000 by midnight tonight.

“Contribute $3 or more right now so we can get hard-hitting ads up to hold Tea Party extremists in Congress accountable for their radical assault on women’s health care and reproductive freedom,” states the letter by Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus. “Don’t be fooled by any of their rhetoric. The real reason that the right-wing extremists in Congress orchestrated this outrageous government shutdown is to try and defund Planned Parenthood as part of their ideological assault on women’s health care.”

The DCCC sent a similar letter by New York Rep. Steve Israel earlier in the week.

Republicans charge that Democrats are exploiting the situation to their benefit.

"House Democrats are exploiting our financial crisis and using it for political gain while Republicans are addressing it as an American challenge that calls for placing our nation and our economy ahead of partisanship," National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said in a statement.

But Republicans aren’t immune from criticism either. Watchdog group Public Campaign Action Fund has blasted House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for scheduling a fundraising dinner Saturday for the Connecticut Republican Party.  Boehner’s office hasn’t yet decided whether he will cancel his appearance at the Prescott Bush dinner.

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