By Randall K. O’Bannon. PH.D.
NRLC Director of Education
In its 2003-2004 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood called itself “the world’s largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization.” In the following year, their self description was slightly different: “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider” (emphasis added).
It was a subtle change, but one that showed a side that Planned Parenthood glides over when it passes itself off as nothing more than a “provider of reproductive health care services” for women. What many people do not realize, however, is that the very same group is both the nation’s largest abortion chain–332,278 abortions in 2009—and one of the country’s most powerful abortion lobbies.
That’s why the revolving door relationship it has with the pro-abortion Obama administration is no surprise, including the recent hiring of Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood’s new vice president of public policy and governmental affairs.
The fact that Planned Parenthood’s most recent figures reveal that its clinics performed easily more than a quarter of all abortions done in the U.S., tells anyone that they have an enormous footprint. They want influence in all the right places, including the halls of government, to keep the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and contracts coming.
So, just who is Dana Singiser? You’ve probably never heard of her before, but she has been around for a long time. Not helping women at the abortion clinics, or even managing one at the corporate office.
She is instead a professional political operative working on Capitol Hill who has helped to run the campaigns of several prominent pro-abortion Democrats.
A puff piece published on November 7, 2011, written by the National Journal’s Naureen Khan, traces the path of Singiser all the way from the time she was a young college intern working for Vermont’s pro-abortion Senator Patrick Leahy in the early 1990s until her latest appointment as PPFA’s vice president of public policy and governmental affairs.
Singiser’s next stop was working on Bill Clinton’s1992 presidential campaign in Vermont. After working with the Clinton administration, Singiser got a law degree from Georgetown University in 1998 and went to work for a Washington law firm doing what Khan describes as “regulatory and lobbying work.”
“When the political bug bit her again,” she joined Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. She then went to work on Capitol Hill for pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and for three years for the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
Singiser went from there to Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, focusing on “women’s outreach.” However, “When Clinton bowed out of the race and endorsed Barack Obama, her former rival, Singiser got on a plane almost immediately for Chicago to lend a hand to Obama’s general election effort,” Khan reports. She notes that Singiser has been with the Obama administration from “Day One,” working on financial reform, health care and other aspects of his legislative agenda for the last couple of years.
We learn from the story that Singiser comes from a small rural community in Vermont, where her mom was town clerk and her dad was busy with church activities, but Khan lists no particular training or background in health care for Singiser. Singiser joins Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards as another Capitol Hill alum with loads of legislative and lobbying experience, but little background in actual health care.
Planned Parenthood has faced serious opposition on Capitol Hill this year, with the House voting to defund the group in a bipartisan vote earlier this year. Heavy lobbying by Planned Parenthood turned back that effort in the Democratically controlled Senate.
Planned Parenthood received over $363 million, or 33% of its entire $1 billion budget, from “Government Grants and Contracts” in its most recently reported fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. Much of that comes from Medicaid reimbursements and Title X funds for family planning.
Even when funds from the government are not directly used for abortion, they enable Planned Parenthood to pay staff and keep clinic doors open for its lucrative abortion business.
Singiser made just $300 a month when working on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign . Nothing lists her new salary, but other V.P.s listed on Planned Parenthood’s 2009 tax return earned upward s of $200,000 per year.
Oh, by the way, according to The Hill newspaper, Singiser “was a key part in the team that shepherded his [Obama’s] healthcare reform law through Congress.”
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