Thursday, December 11, 2008

Catholic Politicians Funded by Abortion Lobby

Deal Hudson writes at Inside Catholic:
Lisa Correnti is a San Diego mother of seven children. But like many other Catholic mothers, she has engaged in politics in order to defend the basic values of her faith. For several years she has quietly built her Web site,, into a goldmine of up-to-date information on the performance of Catholic politicians.

In the midst of compiling information on political donations, Correnti noticed large amounts of money being regularly accepted by Catholic politicians from the pro-abortion lobby. She decided to uncover the total amount of campaign donations given to Catholic members of Congress by organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, NOW, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In the end, Correnti found that a number of the 162 Catholics in Congress have taken money from pro-abortion groups -- to the tune of more than $9 million.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accepted nearly a quarter-million dollars -- $244,113, to be exact; Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), $205,768; the "pro-life" Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), $327,914; Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), $1.04 million; Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who assumed office only in January 2007, has accepted $986,619. (For a complete list of donations to Catholic members of Congress, click

Correnti was alarmed by her discovery and called me. She knew that I directed a program, called the
Catholic Advocate, that sought to encourage authentic Catholic involvement in politics. We discussed what could be done and decided to bring the situation to the attention of the bishops by sponsoring a petition drive among concerned laity.

Thus, Correnti and I have joined forces to gather at least 100,000 signatures on a petition to be sent to the president of the USCCB, Francis Cardinal George, to call upon all Catholic politicians to no longer accept campaign donations from pro-abortion groups. (To read and sign the online petition, click

My Comments
Is anyone really surprised to learn that the allegedly "pro-life" Casey Jr. has taken in over $300,000 in donations from the abortion lobby?

Nah, me either.

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At 12/12/2008 12:19 AM, Blogger matthew archbold said...

As a Pennsylvanian, I can sadly believe it. The worst part is that our Republican Senator is Arlen Specter.

At 12/16/2008 6:24 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Shamefully dishonest.

"Contributions from groups that support abortion." These groups are unnamed anywhere. Why are they ashamed to name the groups?

Its is pretty clear another agenda is at play here by this right wing site. Shameful, shameful, shameful.


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