Mystery Attack Ads Paint Anti-Abortion Congressman as Planned Parenthood Advocate

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Rep. Doug Lamborn is not a moderate on the abortion issue. He has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee, which has endorsed his re-election bid, and a 0 percent rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. But someone is financing attack ads that claim Lamborn voted to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for the nation’s leading abortion provider. Republicans in Colorado will have no idea who that someone is before they cast their votes in this month’s competitive primary in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.

Clean Up Congress PAC officially formed in late May, and began running ads against Lamborn last week on two Colorado Springs network-TV stations, according to Federal Communications Commission filings. It’s spent $96,000 on those ads so far, and hasn’t reported supporting or opposing any other candidate. “Doug Lamborn voted to fund Planned Parenthood with more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars,” the group’s ad declares, referring to an omnibus spending bill that maintained the status quo of Planned Parenthood funding. Clean Up Congress is also running a pair of websites devoted to attacking Lamborn on his omnibus vote and other charges.

So who’s funding the group? It won’t have to tell the Federal Election Commission until the end of the month, after the June 26 primary, and that information won’t be public until mid-July. It’s the latest in an increasing number of PACs (some covered in previous issues of PAY DIRT) formed, whether by intent or coincidence, on a schedule that allows them to engage in significant politicking before disclosing their donors, often until after a key electoral contest.

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