The number of pro-choice Republicans in Congress today is tiny and getting tinier.
There are a few reasons for that, but here’s one you likely weren’t aware of: According to a detailed new investigative report, the best-known organization working to get pro-choice GOPers elected to Congress actually spends very little of its budget doing so.
Here are the key points from a lengthy and thorough story by the Center for Public Integrity on Republicans for Choice, a PAC run by GOP operative Ann Stone — the former wife of legendary Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone.
• “Over the past decade less than five percent of the committee’s spending has gone to political candidates, other political committees, or independent expenditures.”
• “Since 2005, just about one-half of one percent of the PAC’s nearly $1 million in spending has gone to federal or state campaigns.”
• “By comparison .. the average federal PAC in the recent 2007-2008 cycle dedicated about 35 percent of spending to contributions aiding federal candidates.”
• “Much of the group’s spending has been for consulting companies owned by .. Stone. Those firms — along with payments to reimburse Stone’s expenses for travel, entertainment, and automobile repairs — comprise more than two-thirds of RFC PAC’s expenditures since 2006.”
As one election law expert tells CPI: “The PAC seems to be an extension of Ann Stone.”
You should really read the whole devastating expose.