A political faction of Planned Parenthood out of Wisconsin has been fined by the Federal Election Commission for failing to properly report $120,000 in expenditures allocated for the support of Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold in the 2016 election.
According to the FEC report, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin filed a report in October of that year that claimed the group had spent more than $133,000 on political candidates. This produced a discrepancy when the FEC found that $120,000 spent in support of Clinton and Feingold in August was not shown in any previous filing up until the final October report. This was two months past the required reporting date.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Planned Parenthood group will be fined $5,850 for the infraction.
For their part, the group says the failure to report on time was due to a clerical error.
“This error was due to a misunderstanding of the requirements by filing staff, who mistakenly believed 48-hour reports were not required unless expenditures were made within 20 days of the election,” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin told the FEC last year. “Staff has since been trained on all required reports and how to monitor aggregate amounts so that appropriate 48-hour reports will be made going forward, in addition to required 24-hour reports. Staff has created an internal memo on reporting so that any new staff filing reports will be appropriately trained before filing. This training has been added to a compliance checklist for election related processes.”
Last week turned out to be a noisy one for the nation’s largest abortion mill. In addition to this election violation in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood was in the news after an early excerpt of CEO Cecile Richards’ new book was released to the press. In it, Richards says that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried to “bribe” her with the lure of additional federal funding, if only she would agree to stop performing abortions. Naturally, she turned the money down, although she has yet to explain how this interaction – a private echo of the very public offer made by President Donald Trump – amounts to bribery.