Checks and imbalances: pro-choice billionaires, abortion-themed ads


We continue to examine the impact of abortion on the midterm elections, as well as the latest district attorney who wants a crack at Donald Trump.


MacKenzie Scott and Michael Bloomberg among top billionaire donors to abortion rights groups

“TAlthough the nation’s wealthiest philanthropists have given to reproductive rights groups for decades, the cause represents a relatively small share of overall philanthropic giving,” reports Rachel Sandler:

According to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, $1.7 billion was given to nonprofits for reproductive rights from 2015 to 2019. This represents 2.2% of the $76 billion from foundations during this period.

Even less money, $361 million, was earmarked specifically for abortion rights and services, as opposed to other forms of reproductive health care. Much of that funding comes from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the largest single donor supporting abortion rights in the United States, according to the NCRP. Funded by investor Warren Buffett, the fourth-richest person in the United States, and named after his late wife, the foundation keeps a low profile when it comes to its pro-choice donations. His
website does not even mention reproductive health care and instead focuses on college scholarships for Nebraska students. The foundation did not respond to requests for comment.


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In case you missed it


Abortion-themed political ads surge after leak of Roe V. Wade ruling, study finds

“References to abortion in television political advertising increased after Politico released a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion last week that would overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a report released Thursday by the Wesleyan Media Project” , reports Zachary Snowdon Smith:

The share of pro-Democrat ads in the House mentioning abortion rose from 6.2% before May 3 – when Politico released the draft – to 22% on that date and after, while the share of pro-Democratic ads – House Republicans referring to abortion rose from 13.5% to 14.5% over the same period, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political ads and is run by government and science professors policies of Wesleyan University and other schools.


Continuous irresolution

Updates on previous Checks & Imbalances reports

Trump-endorsed Rep. Alex Mooney won a Republican House primary in West Virginia on Tuesday, beating incumbent David McKinley.

Documents released last October revealed that the House Office of Congressional Ethics had found “substantial reasons to believe” that Mooney may have used campaign money for personal expenses and had not declared more than 40 000 dollars of expenses. The House Ethics Committee is expected to announce any judgment by May 23.

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The Federal Election Commission has now referred five unpaid fines by Jan 6 organizer Amy Kremer to the Treasury Department for collection, Rannt Media reported Wednesday. The fines, which total $37,000, were for failing to file mandatory financial information for a PAC of which Kramer is treasurer.


Trump’s DC Hotel Shutters After Sale Completed

“The Trump International Hotel in Washington is now officially closed after the Trump family closed its sale on Wednesday to a group of Miami investors, who plan to reopen it as the Waldorf Astoria,” the report reported. New York Times.

Rather than being resolved, of course, many ethical issues regarding the hotel just immigrated to Florida.


Asset Tracking

Forbes continues to update “Tracking Trump: A Rundown Of All The Lawsuits And Investigations Involving The Former President”. Among the latest developments: The Fulton County District Attorney has begun selecting people to serve on a grand jury.

  • “Venture billionaire Josh Kushner takes out a $23 million mortgage on the Manhattan penthouse he bought for his family” (Forbes)
  • “Donald Trump has found a new way to milk his ex-presidency – and test another – by hitting the lucrative pep-talk circuit with more fervor than any active American politician in history.” (Axios)
  • “Hedge fund billionaire Dan Loeb appears to be courting New York Mayor Eric Adams over charter schools” (CNBC)
  • “Even Trump can’t understand his own maze of black money” (The daily beast)
  • “Trump’s Media Company Hires Producers to Create MAGA-Enabled TV” (rolling stone)
  • “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign had a final hurrah at Trump’s DC hotel just before it was sold” (Initiated)
  • “Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for [Georgia] Governor [Brian] Kemp on the eve of Primary” (Kemp for Governor)

Editor’s Picks

  • “Reed heads for the exits – and to K Street” (Politics)
  • “A jar of UN money. Officials who take risks. A sea of ​​questions. (The New York Times)
  • “ConocoPhillips increases lobbying spending amid fight over $8 billion oil project in Alaska” (OpenSecrets)
  • “Congressman investigating COs cancels fundraiser over ethics issue” (Politics)
  • “Mysterious $1.7 Million Funds Alabama Governor’s Campaign” (Al.com)
  • “Very cynical ads back Gavin Newsom, Rod Bonta in California primary” (SFGATE)
  • “After Elon: Inside Larry Ellison’s New GOP” (Puck)
  • “Over 80 former Chuck Schumer staff employed by Big Tech” (The New York Post)
  • “Democrat Lawmakers Call for Investigation into Former Secretary of the Interior’s Role in Arizona Development Permit” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • “Bitter feuds and crypto ties: Inside one of the most cherished Democratic primaries” (NPR)
  • “Club for Growth Launches Ad Campaign for Kathy Barnette in Pennsylvania Senate Primary” (The New York Times)
  • “For financial help and advice, Hunter Biden turns to a Hollywood lawyer” (The New York Times)
  • “The House of Representatives will give free Peloton memberships, $PTON, to staff. Notably, many politicians own $PTON, including James Banks, Marie Newman, John Hickenlooper, and others. They profit from their actions with taxpayers’ money. (Twitter/Unusual Whales)
  • “A major donation to the British Conservative Party has been flagged above Russian concerns” (The New York Times)

In conclusion

Jasmine, I saw you ogling

As I pushed my foot to the ground

I was going around in circles

The hotel garage

Must have hit close to 94

Oh, but I am

Always crashing in the same car

-David Bowie “Always crashing in the same car”

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