Exclusive: Planned Parenthood funding Astroturf pro-abortion lobbying in DC?

Denise Hunnell spotted this posting in the jobs section of Craigslist-Washington DC this morning:

**Stop the Assault on Women’s Reproductive Rights!**$335-$535/wk (Dupont)

Typos aside, this is shocking that the pro-abortion machine has become so desperate for real flesh-and-bone supporters and activists that they are willing to pay people to do what pro-lifers volunteer to do.

The fact that this group is called “Grassroots Campaigns” is quite ironic, considering they are in the business of paying people to “spontaneously” support their cause. In politics we have a word for paying people to fake real supporters: Astroturfing.

But wait, it gets more interesting: this Thursday is Pro-Choice Lobby Day in Washington DC. They promise to “provide training” to people who show up. That’s smart, especially if the people who are showing up are being paid to lobby and don’t know this issue. Maybe the RSVP list looked too thin to the organizers and they decided they needed a little shot in the arm.

But wait, it gets more interesting: could Planned Parenthood be behind this? The advertisement above was uploaded under the name “PP DC CL” (“Planned Parenthood DC?”).

More to the point, if you visit the Grassroots Campaigns website you will meet Allie Diffendal. Allie is their Washington DC canvassing director. Here’s part of her bio:

Tired of writing newspaper articles and academic papers about the world’s problems, [Allie] traded in her pen for a clipboard and hit D.C.’s streets to get passersby invested in practical solutions. In just two swift months, she championed gay rights for the American Civil Liberties Union, fought for affordable healthcare and women’s legal right to choose with Planned Parenthood Federation of America

That last organization looks awfully familiar. It turns out Grassroots Campaigns has organized (and presumably hired) “volunteers” for Planned Parenthood in the past.

So, let’s recap: Mere days before a major pro-abortion Congressional lobbying day in Washington DC, an organization that has worked with Planned Parenthood before posts an advertisement named “PP DC CL” in a local Craigslist job section to hire people willing to “fight the anti-choice Congress.”

In other words, this very well may be yet another example of our tax dollars at work paying for Planned Parenthood to pay people to … get us to pay them with more of our tax dollars.

Sounds like another great example for why we need to expose and DEFUND Planned Parenthood.



  • Pam

    Thomas Peters…I called the number, the first thing they tell you is that they work on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Good job figuring out their secret!

  • AEB

    This article is so ridiculous I don’t know where to begin. Grassroots Campaigns is a firm that non-profit organizations pay to canvass for them so that they can acquire new activists and donors. That means that canvassers from Grassroots Campaigns stand on sidewalks in busy areas and ask passersby to sign petitions for the organization they are canvassing for, and also for donations to the organization. I used to work for an environmental non-profit that used Grassroots Campaigns, and that’s all there was to it. There is no lobbying Congress involved, and nothing in their ad indicates that there is. Sorry to bust your “Exclusive.”

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  • Del

    Wow… this discussion ran off the rails pretty fast.

    we are talking about Planned Parenthood, hiring activists to spread their message because very few people care passionately enough about PP to volunteer their own time and spend their own money.

    PP wants taxpayers to give them $350 million every year. And taxpayers don’t want to do this anymore, because PP has been outed as unworthy of the public’s trust.

    On a side note, the USCCB hires two representatives to speak with Congressmen about issues of concern to the Catholic bishops. As I understand the law, these “lobbyists” are not allowed to give money to representatives. They represent the bishops, who are the teachers of some 73 million Catholic Americans. That is their only clout…. the Catholic Vote.

    Meanwhile, the faithful members of the Catholic Church can donate freely of their own time and money to support legislation like defunding Planned Parenthood and defeating Proposition 8.

    James D. — CATHOLIC CITIZENS ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! At best, the bishops can only teach moral values, and encourage the Catholic faithful to participate in the political process. If legislation like Prop 8 fails in every state where citizens are allowed to vote on the “definition of marriage,” it is because your trolling is not as persuasive as the bishops’ teachings.

    So don’t blame “The Catholic Church” when your views fail in public elections. Better to test your opinions against the measure of Common Sense.

  • davide

    Don’t pay any attention to James D. he is more than likely a homosexual extremist…I have dealt with his type since I was about 18. They are fanatics and extremist….can’t argue with the ignorant…like arguing with a mule.

    I am very proud to be living in America but I am not proud of the baby killing going on here.

    My home country (Italy) also has abortion but it is a world of difference…very hard to get an abortion in Italy…of course this is not any good either.

    Abortion must be eradicated from the face of the earth..the blood of the unborn calls for God’s vengeance.

    Let us hope we repent of this great sin, before it is too late….all crime is directly tied into “birth control and especially abortion……stats do not lie…



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