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By Viveca Novak:
Planned Parenthood fields a tough defense.
That was apparent last week in the dust-up over a breast cancer charity’s decision to stop funding the group. Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed itself, restoring Planned Parenthood’s $680,000 per year grant, but not before Komen inadvertantly triggered millions in contributions to the women’s health services provider from donors angry about the grant cutoff.
For another view of Planned Parenthood’s ferocity in a fight, take a look at its tab for lobbying Capitol Hill and other parts of the federal government in 2011 — the year that Republicans re-claimed the gavel in the House.
GOP presidential candidate and Air Force veteran Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) continues to highlight his strong support from members of the armed forces as he hits the campaign trail following his third-place finish in Iowa. And the numbers continue to bear him out, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Paul has collected $95,567 in campaign contributions from individuals who listed their occupation as one of the branches of the US military or US Department of Defense. That’s more than any other current presidential contender, including, notably, President Barack Obama.