Non-profit

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

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Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

13-3539048

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $22,495,666
Expenses: $24,844,243
Assets: $8,824,052

Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) lobbying arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It works to elect candidates who are supportive of Planned Parenthood’s goals, which include increasing abortion access, increasing federal funding for birth control and abortifacient services, and to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s operations.

The fund normally supports Democratic and progressive candidates, who are more likely to support federal funding of abortion services. While PPAF does not routinely disclose its donors, records indicate it has received funding from other pro-abortion-rights groups including Emily’s List and the broader left-of-center movement, most notably the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) government worker labor union.[1]

2016 Election Activities

In 2016, the fund spent $1,458,028 in independent expenditures. It spent $750,748 on behalf of Democrats and $475,936 against Republicans, mostly in the presidential race.[2]
It spent $358,537 on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who received PPAF’s endorsement during the Democratic Presidential primaries, the earliest the fund has endorsed a Presidential candidate.[3] The fund spent an additional $246,789 opposing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.[4] However, Trump was not the only Republican presidential candidate it opposed. It spent various amounts of money against ten Republican Presidential candidates, most substantially former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.[5]

The fund was active in two U.S. Senate races. It spent $261,369 on behalf of North Carolina Democrat Deborah Ross and $100,109 against U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.).[6]  The fund was also active in Pennsylvania, where it spent $130,842 on behalf of Democratic candidate Katie McGinty and $20,665 against Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.[7] The fund reportedly targeted the Presidential race and those two Senate races because it featured pro-abortion female candidates running against pro-life men. The Senate races were also chosen because they were Republican-held swing states and the Democratic challengers appeared to be polling well.

The largest single expenditure in the 2016 elections was for campaign mailings. The fund spent $1,153,503 on candidate direct mail. It also spent $73,259 on web ads. It also spent nearly $100,000 on polling and research.[8]
The fund did not disclose its donors, except for a $8,590 donation from Emily’s List, another progressive organization.[9]

2014 Election Activities

In 2014, the fund spent $930,290 in independent expenditures. Of that amount, they spent $475,893 on behalf of Democrats and $454,397 against Republicans.[10]
The fund’s two biggest targets were Senate challengers Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Both men were running against Democratic incumbents. The fund spent $139,952 against Sullivan and $108,679 against Tillis.[11] They also spent $109,589 on behalf of Alaska Democratic Senator Mark Begich and just $23,928 on North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan. Republicans won both Senate races.

The fund participated in only close battleground Senate races with one exception. They spent $79,019 on behalf of Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey as he ran in a special Senate election to replace John Kerry.

The fund did not disclose its contributors in the 2014 cycle with one exception. It received $15,000 from Senate Majority PAC, a PAC aligned with top Democratic Senators.[12]

References

  1. McMorris, Bill. “Unions Send Dues Money to Planned Parenthood.” Washington Free Beacon. August 03, 2015. Accessed June 22, 2017. http://freebeacon.com/issues/unions-send-dues-money-to-planned-parenthood/
  2. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90005471&cycle=2016&txt=.
  3. Chozick, Amy. 2016. “Planned Parenthood, In Its First Primary Endorsement, Backs Hillary Clinton”. First Draft. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/07/planned-parenthood-in-its-first-primary-endorsement-backs-hillary-clinton/?_r=0.
  4. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90005471&cycle=2016&txt=.
  5. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90005471&cycle=2016&txt=.
  6. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90005471&cycle=2016&txt=.
  7. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90005471&cycle=2016&txt=.
  8. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 11 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cycle=2016&cmte=C90005471.
  9. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Contributors, 2016 Cycle | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 12 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2016&cmte=C90005471.
  10. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 12 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cycle=2014&cmte=C90005471.
  11. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Independent Expenditures | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 12 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cycle=2014&cmte=C90005471.
  12. “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Contributors, 2014 Cycle | Opensecrets”. Opensecrets.Org. Accessed June 12 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2014&cmte=C90005471.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Alexis McGill Johnson
    Acting President
  2. Julianna Smoot
    Board Member
  3. Sunita Leeds
    Former Board Member
  4. Dawn Laguens
    Executive Vice President
  5. Susan Stamler
    Director (1991-1994)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 1990

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Jun Form 990 $22,495,666 $24,844,243 $8,824,052 $3,950,266 N $22,454,650 $0 $0 $455,650
    2015 Jun Form 990 $28,158,477 $24,137,612 $10,220,967 $2,998,604 N $28,057,119 $18,557 $0 $324,776 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $18,193,275 $22,856,897 $7,816,061 $4,614,563 N $18,143,149 $9,580 $0 $246,096 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $28,111,926 $22,486,918 $9,480,404 $1,615,284 N $28,114,918 $31,797 $2 $326,445 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $12,095,354 $13,036,878 $3,463,294 $1,123,182 N $12,085,159 $0 $281 $38,905 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $14,165,581 $11,930,825 $3,961,011 $679,375 N $14,161,007 $0 $321 $39,065 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Planned Parenthood Action Fund

    123 WILLIAM ST FL 10
    NEW YORK, NY 10038-3844