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Planned Parenthood X-board member works for TX office investigating them in baby parts scandal

Posted in Planned Parenthood Employee with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2015 by saynsumthn

Another amazing find from Operation Rescue shows the absolute bias that will be used in any investigation of a Planned Parenthood which is part of an alleged illegal baby parts harvesting operation.

From their report:

    It has been learned that a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s office that is currently investigating a Houston Planned Parenthood abortion clinic for selling aborted baby parts, serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood.

    Lauren Reeder Planned Parenthood

    Lauren Reeder is a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s criminal family law division. She apparently notified District Attorney Devon Anderson of her role with Planned Parenthood last week.

    Reeder is listed as a non-compensated “Director” on the 990 Tax Form for 2014 filed by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

    Last week, Operation Rescue called on Anderson to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood.

In a statement released Friday, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said one of her assistant district attorneys disclosed that she is member of the Gulf Coast agency’s board of directors.

She made the disclosure in order to be transparent,” Anderson said in the release.

She added that she remained confident her office could conduct an “unbiased, fact driven investigation” of the allegations.

Anderson oversaw a previous abortion-related grand jury investigation of Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen after Operation Rescue released evidence in the form of photos and witness testimony that abortions babies were being born alive during abortions and intentionally killed by twisting their necks.

Anderson told the Houston Chronicle that Reeder would not be involved in the PPGC investigation.

“If at any time in the future, reliable and credible information is brought to my attention that would question our ability to continue to perform a fair, thorough and independent investigation of this matter due to her board membership, I will revisit the issue of seeking the appointment of an independent prosecutor and act accordingly.”

Lauren Reeder AG Planned Parenthood'

Reeder’s LinkedIn page reads in part:

    As a member and former co-chair of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, I worked to cultivate the next generation of donors and community leaders committed to the mission of Planned Parenthood through advocacy opportunities, monthly happy hours, and annual fundraisers.

Planned Parenthood Lauren Reeder

In addition she is listed as a Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Board of Directors

Reeder was listed as the co-chair of the 2013 Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast “Party Like a Rock Star

An image captured by PaperCity shows Reeder at the Planned Parenthood event.

Lauren Reeder Planned Parenthood 2

Planned Parenthood Lauren Reeder 3

She also chaired another Planned Parenthood event called Cocktails for a Cause and featuring Sandra Fluke.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Lauren Reeder contributed $925.00 to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc. Fund Action PAC.

Fl. Assoc of Fundraising Professionals keeps VP from eugenics founded Planned Parenthood on Board of Directors

Posted in Abortion, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by saynsumthn

Professional fundraisers based in Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced the election of 2011 officers and directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Southwest Florida Chapter.

Among them are:
Jan Chester, of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

I find it curious that they would want a member of a national abortion clinic Founded on eugenics on their board, perhaps they do not know the history of Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood‘s founder, Margaret Sanger was a featured speaker for the KLAN. Sanger admitted in her autobiography that she was invited at LEAST a dozen times to speak to the KLAN and now Planned Parenthood’s highest award is named in Sanger’s honor. Sanger and many of Planned Parenthood’s founding board members were also card carrying members of the racist American Eugenics Society ! One such writer and Board member of Sanger’s American Birth Control League (later renamed Planned Parenthood) was Lothrop Stoddard, often quoted by the KLAN.

This is what Sanger wrote in her autobiography, “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

Sanger also called for parents to have a QUOTE: LICENSE TO BREED controlled by people who believed in her eugenic philosophy. She wanted all would be parents to go before her eugenic boards to request a “PERMIT TO BREED“.

Margaret Sanger once said, “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

In Margaret Sanger’s, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” Feb 1919. Birth Control Review , Library of Congress Microfilm 131:0099B .
Sanger states, “Before eugenists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must first clear the way for Birth Control. Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit. Both are seeking a single end but they lay emphasis upon different methods.

Eugenists emphasize the mating of healthy couples for the conscious purpose of producing healthy children, the sterilization of the unfit to prevent their populating the world with their kind and they may, perhaps, agree with us that contraception is a necessary measure among the masses of the workers, where wages do not keep pace with the growth of the family and its necessities in the way of food, clothing, housing, medical attention, education and the like.

We who advocate Birth Control, on the other hand, lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health.While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfitEugenics without Birth Control seems to us a house builded upon the sands. It is at the mercy of the rising stream of the unfit…

Sanger also called for those who were poor and what she considered to be “morons and immoral‘ , to be shipped to colonies where they would live in “Farms and Open Spaces” dedicated to brainwashing these so-called “inferior types” into having what Sanger called, “Better moral conduct”.

I consider that the world and almost our civilization for the next twenty-five years, is going to depend upon a simple, cheap, safe contraceptive to be used in poverty stricken slums, jungles, and among the most ignorant people. Even this will not be sufficient, because I believe that now, immediately, there should be national sterilization for certain dysgenic types of our population who are being encouraged to breed and would die out were the government not feeding them.
Planned Parenthood Founder, Margaret Sanger, 1950

For a complete history of the eugenics founding of Planned Parenthood watch the film Maafa21 ( clipped below

In addition to it’s founding on Eugenics- Planned Parenthood is the nation’s LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER.
– a HUGE reason to avoid anyone connected to them, in my opinion. But…perhaps AFP agress with abortion? Who knows…perhaps only they can answer that.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the largest international association representing fundraisers from every walk of life and at every level of the profession. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs for over 30,000 members in 213 chapters. The 138 members of the local chapter play pivotal roles in supporting institutions that enhance social, cultural and civic life in Southwest Florida and communities across the globe. For more information, visit or call 941-921-5410.

Watch how Planned Parenthood takes racist donations in this Maafa21 clip:

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Eugenics elites eliminating the poor, posted with vodpod </

Former Planned Parenthood Board Member loses bid for Supreme Court in Washington

Posted in Eugenics, Planned Parenthood, Politics, Supreme Court with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by saynsumthn

Johnson re-elected to Supreme Court
by Jack Broom

One-term incumbent state Supreme Court Justice James Johnson convincingly won re-election, defeating his challenger, Tacoma attorney Stan Rumbaugh, in a race decided in this primary election.

With 51 percent of state precincts reporting, Johnson led 62 percent to 38 percent, according to The Associated Press.

The mood was giddy at Johnson’s Olympia home. Johnson campaign aide Alex Hays said, “Experience prevailed.”

For the nonpartisan post, Johnson, regarded as the court’s most conservative member, faced an opponent from the opposite end of the political spectrum. Rumbaugh has been a Planned Parenthood board member and a frequent donor to Democratic causes.

Because there were only two candidates in the primary, the one who receives more than 50 percent will be the only name on the November ballot.
Johnson was endorsed by nearly all the state’s newspapers, based primarily on his experience. He spent 20 years in the state Attorney General’s office. On the high court, Johnson heard more than 700 cases and authored 140 opinions.

Rumbaugh has tried only two cases before the Washington Supreme Court. A coalition of labor and progressive groups poured more than $250,000 into the campaign to defeat Johnson.


Stan Rumbaugh never mentioned his affiliation with Planned Parenthood is his election video- was he ashamed?

“Voting for Judges” stated that Stan was a recent Board member, Planned Parenthood Washington- Here

Stan on the Issues

The race for Supreme Court position 1 could not offer a more stark contrast for voters. Stan Rumbaugh has spent a career fighting for individuals, the rule of law and the welfare of his community. Jim Johnson, however, has devoted his life to promoting the interests of powerful special interests.

Before taking a seat on the bench, Johnson worked as an attorney for powerful developers, corporations, and property interests undermining the things Washingtonians value most: our natural resources, freedom of speech, public schools, and responsive government. For decades he was an effective champion of the powerful few against the interests and rights of the broader good. Unfortunately, after these same special interests bankrolled a seven-figure campaign effort, he has continued his efforts from a more powerful position.

In case after case, Johnson has sided with his lifelong benefactors. Even when it means going against the Court or bending over backwards to bring in arguments outside the case at hand. His judicial activism is so outrageous he has prompted rebukes from both the Legislature and editorial boards across the state.

Whether attempting to import the same federal standards that caused the global recession rather than enforcing Washington’s strong consumer protection laws, arguing that against protecting our salmon fisheries, or advocating for children’s rights to carry concealed weapons, Johnson has shown himself to be an opponent of Washington families.

Stan Rumbaugh, on the other hand, has spent his legal career protecting health care benefits for injured workers, legitimate property rights, equal benefits for domestic partners, and accountability against abuse by powerful corporations and government at all levels of the legal system. He has a broad history of public service, serving on the Board of Bates Technical College, Planned Parenthood, the Tacoma Housing Authority, World Affairs Council, and his kids’ schools.

Washington deserves a Supreme Court that will serve the people as well as the laws and Constitution that protect them. Stan’s experiences have taught him that the independence of our legal system is the best shield citizens have to protect their rights.

Stan donated to Planned Parenthood – here

Planned Parenthood kills more babies from abortion than any other abortion clinic- they are target blacks for abortions as defined in this documentary on eugenics : Maafa21

Accusations continue to fly against Planned Parenthood Golden Gate by those who claim to be in the “know”

Posted in Abortion, Financial mismanagement, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by saynsumthn

This week’s announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was severing ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) came as no surprise to some former employees,

The San Francisco Bay Guardian is filling up with staff, board, and associate comments about PPGG. The article is here- the comments are interesting (Read Below)
(Comments on Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Clinic – )


PPGG’s finances
If this Planned Parenthood affiliate had not been meeting minimum requirements for a cash reserve since 1998, why did they continually get approved/re-accredited by the national agency? The national spokesperson quoted, Elizabeth Toledo, said they’d only been working with them the past few years, but this problem sounds like it was ongoing since at least 1998. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the CEO was doing something wrong and covered it up as long as possible, then with the current recession had to just leave and the national office is trying to sweep it under the rug. The women who needed PPGG for care are the only ones to suffer I guess.
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Posted by Samantha on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 6:23 pm
This article only touches on the tip of the ice berg
DIg a little deeper and you will discover gross inequities in pay between the administration and the front lines and unbelievable administrative blunders. I believe the far right infiltrated the agency and began to destroy it from within. The saddest part is that the medical staff is skilled and dedicated. However with the loss of PPFA oversight and malpractice insurance; no intelligent clinician would ever work for this group of scoundrels.
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Posted by Guest 10+ year employee of PPGG on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm
If the current administration
If the current administration at PPGG were interested in serving their communities and their patients they would work with Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo, Mar monte and the national organization to facilitate a speedy and friendly merger of the affiliates. This would ensure financial strength and continuity of care for the patients. Instead, they are clawing on to the idea of a new group of clinics – why? To keep their own paychecks coming?
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Posted by Guest Anonymous on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 6:54 am
I would just like to point
I would just like to point out that PPGG not only serve women, but men as well.
Thank you.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Re: Men and women
Thank you for pointing that out, Guest. Apologies for the omission.
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Posted by rebecca on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am
CEO’s salary
It was well known withing the agency that the former CEO, Dian Harrison, didn’t care about the mission or the patients and was only enriching herself and living large off of PPGG’s budget. She was so corrupt she even took to hiding her salary on the agency’s 990 tax forms for several years until the IRS started looking into her business. If the government ever looks at PPGG’s books, both Dian and the current CEO, Therese Wilson, will be sharing a jail cell next to Bernie Madoff.
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Posted by Laura, former staff on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:32 am
CEO’s expense account and consultants
Nevermind if the government ever audits them, if the government just interviews former staff they’ll learn amazing things. Like how Dian had a hidden expense account for personal use and paid an “executive coach” over $100,000 a year to tell her how to be a CEO. Not just for one year, but for her entire tenure. I’m sure major foundations would like to have known they were paying this guy, Mike Takagawa, to hold Dian’s hand in perpetuity.
Check out his website and you can read Dian’s praise of Mike. It still even lists her as the CEO! He clearly wasn’t worth the money as he and Dian tanked the agency, but Dian’s review of him is a glowing load of BS:
“Over the years, the results of our Executive Partnership have been amazing. Working with Mike Takagawa has been an uplifting experience. It has alleviated a lot of the fears and stress I had as I transitioned into a much larger organization. Mike and the Corporate Edge team helped us achieve a major business turnaround that generated more than $1 million in new revenue sources. Corporate Edge also helped us establish an internal mentoring program that dramatically increased the productivity, retention levels, and spirit of collaboration among our employees.”
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Posted by A.B., former fundraiser for PPGG on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
This is so true! You would be
This is so true! You would be amazed/disgusted about the $$$ executives were making at PPGG, meanwhile excellent, long time employees never once recieved a merit raise, even after years of dedicated service. Total BS!!
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Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:40 pm
I cannot believe that “folks
I cannot believe that “folks are really happy” and all is going fine.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
This union rep is completely
This union rep is completely disillusioned. I am in touch with many staff who still painstakingly working within the remaining shell of PPGG and I doubt ANYONE would say they are really happy! They are extremely dedicated to caring for the clients, but I would definitely say that no one is happy with the working conditions there and the morale has been terrible since I left years ago.
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Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:44 pm
Somehow I find it hard to
Somehow I find it hard to believe that the current employees are happy.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
As a former employee, I can
As a former employee, I can guarantee that if every single staff member (past and present) were asked, they would absolutely disagree with what that union rep said. Looking at the turnover rate alone would be an indicator of that. Looking at the number of staff who left PPGG to work for another PP affiliate would be an indicator of that. I dare the Guardian to anonymously poll every staff member right now and ask them if they are happy. I would be shocked if 100% surveyed did not say they were in fact quite unhappy.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:36 pm
Planned Parenthood debaucle
As a former union rep for 5 years with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate all I can say is this has been a very very long time coming. This organization took the good name of Planned Parenthood that is respected nationwide and abused its mission, finances, and staff. There was a huge discrepancy in pay between the front line workers and management. They routinely violated their union contract and exploited the giving nature of their workers. They would meet any request for decent wages, working conditions etc. with a type of feminist guilt that you didn’t support “the cause.” One can only hope that Dian Harrison’s finances are scrutinized and her cronies are questioned. Good luck to anyone still working there and know that there are many fields in health care where you will be treated well and not punished for your good work and efforts. Jump ship if you can!!
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Posted by Guest Leslie on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 3:17 pm;
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
The previous link seemed to
The previous link seemed to be the wrong one, but this one is correct, and holy cow:;
“The local organization has also not kept up with reporting the activities of its related political action fund to the state. On Wednesday, the charitable trusts division of the state’s attorney general’s office sent a warning letter to the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, the political advocacy and public policy arm of the affiliate, because the organization has failed to file copies of its tax documents with that that office for at least 10 years.”
Dian and her cronies and enablers are screwed.
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Posted by Jane on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
PPGG Board
Aren’t the true leaders of a non-profit the Board of Trustees? What is their hand in all of this? Where was their fiduciary responsibility?
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:38 pm
Yes – good question. This is,
Yes – good question. This is, I assume, what keeps Dian’s (and probably other senior administrators) actions from being considered embezzlement. The Board had no oversight. I don’t know how they could look the other way or be this ignorant of the problems for so long. They should all be held liable for the loss of services to Bay Area women who relied on these clinics.
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Posted by Anon colleague on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 10:09 am
MAny of Dian’s friends were
MAny of Dian’s friends were on the board. Employees and the board were never really allowed to mix, so the board only got the story in whatever form Dian chose to tell it.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 9:50 am
The Board
When the 30 medical providers at PPGG, both clinicians and doctors, sent the “Letter of Concern” in 2008 (quoted in the Financial Docs article listed above), it was to Dian Harrison, PPFA, and the board. The board’s response was that they were in complete support of Dian and that we had broken protocol by contacting them. The last line was “We, the Trustees, will not be communicating with you any further and do not expect to receive any further communications from you.” How could this kind of purposeful disregard for the legitimate concerns of so many medical providers be ethical??
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
the board was hand-picked
Dian chose the members of the board herself and there was a lot of payback to her friends and rich donors. For example, a very rich donor got her daughter, who was in high school, high school! a seat on the board. How someone in high school can provide legal oversight to a large and complex company is beyond me, but it sure got Dian whatever she wanted.
Check out Guidestar if you want to look up their board members. The ones who weren’t in high school should have known better as they’re going to be legally responsible for a lot of stuff they probably weren’t counting on.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
the former CEO is not on medical leave
I just looked up her LinkedIn profile and she lists being the CEO in her past. Apparently she’s a consultant now. I hope no one is wasting their money on her. Sounds like that whole “medical leave” thing is code for getting out of Dodge.
From her profile on LinkedIn
* Independent Consultant at Independent Consultant
* President & CEO at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
* Assistant Director Finance and Administration at San Jose Redevelopment Agency
* President & CEO at Santa Clara Valley Urban League
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Posted by Ellen on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 9:27 am

was the union representative
was the union representative paid off as well? where did she get that misinformation? perhaps if she would return the abundance of messages left on her voicemail. we need our union dues recouped.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
the union didn’t care
The union didn’t really care about us. We were a small shop for them compared to places like Kaiser, so they didn’t pay much attention to the concerns of staff and were just content to collect our dues every month. They pretty much colluded with Dian to negotiate behind the employees’ backs and the only reason they’re probably commenting with this happy-talk nonsense is that they’re afraid they’ll be losing a bunch of dues paying members when this place goes under. Dian was extremely anti-union and anti-worker, so she was more than happy to have a union that didn’t really care about helping its members as it allowed her to do whatever she wanted to staff.
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READ: Should there be an investigation into tax funded Planned Parenthood clinics? Letter reveals PPGG’s “misappropriation and mismanagement of funds”

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Eugenics Founded Planned Parenthood and their relationships with George Soros’ Open Society

Posted in Planned Parenthood, Soros with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by saynsumthn

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, announced the addition of five members to its Board of Directors. The new members — Naomi Aberly, Joanne Egerman, Irma Esparza, Minyon Moore, and Michael Vachon

Naomi Aberly has been active in more than a dozen civic and political organizations, including Obama for America and Annie’s List. She is a fundraiser for Democratic candidates at all levels. She currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of North Texas and is the current chair of their capital campaign, and she is a former board member of the Texas Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.


Capitol Inside reports that Naomi Aberly – As the chairman of the board at Annie’s List and one of the group’s largest donors, Aberly oversees a group that’s contributed more money to Democratic candidates in Texas in recent years than any organization that’s not funded exclusively by trial lawyers. Annie’s List has played a key role in electing a significant number of Democratic candidates who are women to legislative and local offices – and Aberly is a big reason why the group has had so much cash to spend since its inception in 2003. Aberly, who’s donated several hundred thousand dollars to the Texas Democratic Trust as well, is a Detroit native who moved to Dallas after graduating from Amherst College to take a job in the retail industry with Neiman Marcas. She gravitated into the political arena after going to work as a volunteer at the North Texas chapter of Planned Parenthood before eventually ascending to the job as the chairman of the non-profit group’s board of directors. She raised significant sums of money for Barack Obama and now she’s doing the same for Bill White in his campaign for governor.

Joanne Egerman serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and on both the New England and the National boards of the Anti-Defamation League, as well the Executive Committees of both. She is also on the board of Mass Equality, an LGBT advocacy organization.

Irma Esparza has nearly two decades of experience in federal and local government and political campaigns. She is the chief of staff for Washington, DC, At-Large City Councilmember Kwame Brown and previously launched an issue advocacy organization on behalf of the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees.

Minyon Moore heads the state and local affairs practice at the Dewey Square Group, one of the leading public affairs firms in the nation. Previously she was CEO of the Democratic National Committee, assistant to President Bill Clinton, director of White House Political Affairs and director of White House Public Liaison.

Moore was the principal political adviser to President Clinton, Vice President Gore, First Lady Hilary Clinton and senior White House staff. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Moore was national political director for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 election cycle. In conjunction with the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees, and the Democratic Governor’s Association..She was the National Deputy Field Director for Reverend Jackson and served as Convention Coordinator for the Jackson campaign. During the 1988 general election, she was Governor Michael Dukakis’ National Deputy Field Director.

Michael Vachon is an advisor to George Soros. Previously he was communications director at the Commonwealth Fund. He serves on the board of the Democracy Alliance and other organizations and is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

According to his bio: Michael Vachon is Advisor to the Chairman at Soros Fund Management (SFM). Vachon serves as spokesperson for the Fund and for Mr. Soros personally. He advises Mr. Soros and other executive on media relations and external affairs and acts as Mr. Soros’s chief-of-staff for special projects, including overseeing Mr. Soros’s political contributions.

Prior to joining SFM, Vachon was director of communications and a member of the executive committee of The Commonwealth Fund, one of the nation’s oldest private foundations. He previously served as director of communications at the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundation network, and worked for several years as a financial journalist.

Vachon holds a Master of International Affairs from SIPA.

In addition- Some currently with Soros’ Open Society worked formerly with Planned Parenthood. According to the Open Society website:

David Berry Open Society’s Senior Officer of Communications previously worked as Director of Communications and Development at People for the American Way, where he was responsible for all external communications and fundraising for the New York office. He has also worked for Planned Parenthood Federation, the Wallace Foundation and the Hispanic Federation of New York City.


Rachel Pecker, Open Society’s program associate for the Democracy and Power Fund, was a legal assistant at the Center for Reproductive Rights. While there, she was part of the litigation teams working on Gonzales v. Carhart (in which the Supreme Court overturned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s decision and upheld the first-ever federal abortion ban) and Tummino, et al. vs. von Eschenbach (which challenged the Food and Drug Administration’s failure to approve emergency contraception better known as the “abortion pill”). Her experience also includes internships and work for the Brooklyn Juvenile Rights Division of the NY Legal Aid Society, ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Currently, Planned Parenthood is publishing articles like: Contraception Counts which Credits Reads: This Facts in Brief was made possible by support from the Open Society Institute and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Learn the truth about Planned Parenthood’s eugenic history in the documentary Maafa21

Bad Aim? NRA shoots 1 to save 2 – free speech deal

Posted in free speech with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by saynsumthn

This is an editorial from the Washington Post and explains the title:

NRA exemption shows campaign disclosure bill’s cynical, fatal flaws

“[]The NRA — on whose board of directors I serve — rather than holding steadfastly to its historic principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for ‘neutrality’ from the legislation’s requirements.” — NRA Director Cleta Mitchell, June 17, 2010

By Cleta Mitchell
Thursday, June 17, 2010; A21

The cynical decision this week by House Democrats to exempt the National Rifle Association from the latest campaign finance regulatory scheme is itself a public disclosure. It reveals the true purpose of the perversely named Disclose Act (H.R. 5175): namely, to silence congressional critics in the 2010 elections.

The NRA “carve-out” reaffirms the wisdom of the First Amendment’s precise language: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.”

Congress can’t help itself. Since 1798, with the Alien and Sedition Acts, incumbent politicians have yearned for legal duct tape for their opponents’ mouths. The Disclose Act is a doozy of a muzzle.

For its part, the NRA — on whose board of directors I serve — rather than holding steadfastly to its historic principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for “neutrality” from the legislation’s requirements. In doing so, the NRA has, sadly, affirmed the notion held by congressional Democrats (and some Republicans), liberal activists, the media establishment and, at least for now, a minority on the Supreme Court that First Amendment protections are subject to negotiation. The Second Amendment surely cannot be far behind.

Since the court’s January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations cannot be constitutionally prohibited from making independent candidate-related expenditures, Democrats have been hyperventilating at the notion that corporations might spend millions of dollars criticizing them. To foreclose that possibility, the Disclose Act would impose onerous and complicated “disclosure” restrictions on organizations that dare to engage in constitutionally protected political speech and on corporations that dare to contribute to such organizations.

Democrats would effectively neuter the court’s decision by requiring the names of multiple donors to be recited in ads (thus shrinking the time spent on actual speech), requiring the CEO of a corporate donor to personally appear in campaign-related ads, expanding the coverage period to virtually the entire election year, and including myriad other rules that the NRA described last month as “byzantine” and an “arbitrary patchwork of reporting and disclosure requirements.”

The NRA’s wheel-squeaking bought it an exemption from those requirements. Tea Party organizations arising spontaneously since 2009? Out of luck. Online organizations with large e-mail followings but perhaps no formal dues structure? Forget it.

Receiving less attention than the NRA “carve-out” but no less cynical is the bill’s sop to organized labor: Aggregate contributions of $600 or more would be disclosed. Why start at $600? Why not $200 or, say, $500? Because most union members’ dues aggregate less than $600 in a calendar year and thus members’ contributions to labor’s campaign-related spending wouldn’t need to be disclosed . . . even to the union members whose dues are spent for political purposes.

In Citizens United, the court held that the First Amendment doesn’t permit Congress to treat different corporations differently; that the protections afforded political speech arise from the Constitution, not Congress. Otherwise, it would be tantamount to a congressional power to license the speech of some while denying it to others.

The NRA carve-out is a clear example of a congressional speech license.

The ostensible purpose of the legislation is benign “disclosure,” upheld in Citizens United as permissible under the First Amendment. Even conservative Justice Antonin Scalia has expressed skepticism about the constitutional infirmity of disclosure requirements in another case argued this term; Scalia intoned in oral argument that “running a democracy takes a certain amount of civic courage.”

That’s true. Indeed, the law upheld in Citizens United requires all donors to candidate-related expenditures to be publicly disclosed to the FEC in a timely manner.

But the Disclose Act isn’t really intended to elicit information not currently required by law. The act serves notice on certain speakers that their involvement in the political process will exact a high price of regulation, penalty and notoriety, using disclosure and reporting as a subterfuge to chill their political speech and association.

It is only disclosure, say the authors. And box-cutters are only handy household tools . . . until they are used by terrorists to crash airplanes.

This is not just “disclosure.” It is a scheme hatched by political insiders to eradicate disfavored speech. There is no room under the First Amendment for Congress to make deals on political speech, whether with the NRA or anyone else.

The writer is a partner at Foley & Lardner who works in campaign finance law and is a member of the NRA’s board of directors.