17 September 2008

The Problem With This "Give to Planned Parenthood In Sarah Palin's Name" Thing

I'm not the only person who's gotten a forward saying we should make a stand against McCain/Palin's anti-women policies by giving to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin's name. The email I got says:

A Planned Parenthood donation is tax deductible, where a political donation isn't. And here's the good part: When you make a donation to PP in her name, they'll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor.

That's a nice f-you, but, as Megan at Jezebel points out:
The problem with this idea is that Obama forewent public financing on the basis of relying on donors — big and small — to continue giving him money. If people give the $5 or $10 to PPFA instead and send cards to McCain's office, you're just notifying him how much money Obama is losing. Heck, I wouldn't put it past a Republican operative for starting the chain, especially since it doesn't encourage donations to PPFA's PAC, which can spend the money to run ads about the candidates/reproductive rights, but to the organization itself, which cannot. Please be careful about forwarding this along. If something like this really went viral, it could do a lot of damage.

So basically, while Planned Parenthood is a great cause, your money will only be helping Obama win if it's in the hands of the Obama campaign.

1 comment:

Novem said...

I think that Megan has a point, but for those of us in the U.S. who are foreign nationals, it is illegal for us to donate to political campaigns. Even though I pay income tax, I am not allowed to vote or donate to political campaigns. I am, however, allowed to donate to non-profit organizations in the U.S. so I'm really glad that I can voice my opinion and support women's rights in this small way.