Saturday, July 25, 2015




What is making Trump resonate with the American people will also destroy his campaign, only because he doesn’t know how to stop.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE . . . that literally all the Republican Candidates are upset with Trump, but mostly because of his phenomenal success at the polls, in spite of the fact that he is not a politician.
Actually . . . it is because he is NOT A POLITICIAN that he is so popular.
They are jealous of the press Trump’s getting on all sides of the Great Divide, which have led some of them, like McCain, who is not running . . . and Rick Perry who is running, to have made untoward comments about and against Trump.
And these aren’t the only two.
Instead of ganging-up on Trump, perhaps the smarter strategy for all of them would be to understand what it is about Trump, what he’s saying, and how he’s saying it that has energized such a huge percentage of American people . . . and not all of whom, who are Hard Core Conservatives.


If the RNC treats Trump like crap, as they’re doing now, it is very possible that he just might mount an independent run for the White House. And if that happens, he won't win . . . but neither would the Republican Candidate.


As I’ve written repeatedly . . . Trump’s number one success thus far, has been to reflect what REAL people are thinking and feeling, along with exposing the phonies who want to be President.
I am also paying attention to the people who are running their own campaign, without feeling the need to beat-up on Trump . . . Republicans (unless I’m wrong) like Fiorina, Cruz, Carson and Santorum to name a few.
And because I am a real supporter of Scott Walker, I’ll cut him some slack for his one comment that I am aware of . . . that he made about Trump, that wasn’t all that personal.


For me . . . beside Trump’s Bravado and some of the things that he’s saying, and how he’s saying it, he is ringing all the right bells . . . and until the other candidates figure it out, and take the cue from Trump, why he resonates so well with the people, they will all just be ORDINARY politicians.
AND PERHAPS . . . amongst other reasons, that’s why I like Fiorina and Carson. THEY’RE NOT POLITICIANS.
All of that said . . . I believe that Trump will sooner rather than later burn-out and do himself-in, because one needs solutions, and not just targets, especially after some other bright and relatively independent Conservative Republican Candidates begin to connect with the people . . . BY SAYING IT LIKE IT IS AND MEAN IT.
IN THE MEANTIME . . . GO TRUMP GO – The people need a champion to stick to the politicians and bureaucrats – AND THUS FAR YOU'RE THE MAN!
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

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HOW TO SCRAP OBAMACARE: The Commerce Clause and Obamacare Mandates


The Constitution and the amendments are very clear-  there's no need to parse and agonize over the meaning of the 10th amendment- it  was never, under any  possible interpretation written such that activist judges could possibly misconstrue the wording to allow a monstrosity like Obamacare to be foisted on the American people.

Have a careful read and if you agree, pick up your telephone and call Washington call your Congressmen call your senator call every newspaper in your area and tell them that babacare is a crime and it has to be scrapped in its entirety before it can do greater damage to the economy and to our society.


The Commerce Clause and Obamacare Mandates

The Intrastate Commerce Act could save individual health insurance policy holders from Obamacare and its many problems.
Obamacare is expensive because of thousands of pages of regulations. This drives up the costs and makes the so-called Affordable Care Act unaffordable for many. Obamacare will control the choices of physicians by the central control of “evidence based medicine.” Patients will lose their privacy and be vulnerable to identity theft.
State governments can nullify these problems.
First our state legislators must read the Constitution, including Article VI, Clause 3, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”  They then must adhere to the oath they took to uphold the Constitution, not the Supreme Court’s faulty interpretation of the Constitution.
The Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Most people reading the Constitution would be unable to find anything giving the federal government the power to control health care choices. However, this did not stop Congress from passing, the president signing, and the Supreme Court ruling the ACA was constitutional.
The Commerce Clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, clause 3) reads, “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” In NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS v. SEBELIUS  Roberts wrote the majority opinion and said that “regulate commerce” did not allow the national government to force citizens to buy something like health insurance. He then wrote, “that the individual mandate must be construed as imposing a tax on those who do not have health insurance.” This curious conclusion ruled that Obamacare was constitutional because a mandate acts like a tax and is therefore a tax and the federal government has the right to tax.
He then said:
Our precedents read that to mean that Congress may regulate “the channels of interstate commerce,” “persons or things in interstate commerce,” and “those activities that substantially affect interstate commerce.” Morrison, supra, at 609 (internal quotation marks omitted). The power over activities that substantially affect interstate commerce can be expansive. That power has been held to authorize federal regulation of such seemingly local matters as a farmer’s decision to grow wheat for himself and his livestock.
Robert’s uses the words “our precedents” and “farmer.” These words refer to Wickard v. Filburn (1942). This Ruling greatly expanded the power of the federal government and changed our nation from a federation of sovereign states to a unitary form of government. Wickard changed previous precedents of the Supreme Court that ruled the Commerce Clause did not give our national government the power to rule the economy. Precedents are binding on lower courts but not the Supreme Court. It makes the precedents and can reverse previous precedents.
At the end of the ruling, Justice Thomas had a dissenting comment:
I dissent for the reasons stated in our joint opinion, but I write separately to say a word about the Commerce Clause. The joint dissent and The Chief Justice correctly apply our precedents to conclude that the Individual Mandate is beyond the power granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. Under those precedents, Congress may regulate “economic activity [that] substantially affects interstate commerce.” United States v. Lopez, 514 U. S. 549, 560 (1995) . I adhere to my view that “the very notion of a ‘substantial effects’ test under the Commerce Clause is inconsistent with the original understanding of Congress’ powers and with this Court’s early Commerce Clause cases.” United States v. Morrison, 529 U. S. 598, 627 (2000) (Thomas, J., concurring); see also Lopez, supra, at 584–602 (Thomas, J., concurring); Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U. S. 1–69 (2005) (Thomas, J., dissenting). As I have explained, the Court’s continued use of that test “has encouraged the Federal Government to persist in its view that the Commerce Clause has virtually no limits.” Morrison, supra, at 627. The Government’s unprecedented claim in this suit that it may regulate not only economic activity but also inactivity that substantially affects interstate commerce is a case in point.
The people of the states created the federal government through the U.S. Constitution. The federal government is a creation and an agent of the people. When the federal government exceeds its authority, then the people of the states have the right to nullify unconstitutional laws, especially when they are unworkable and detrimental to the citizens.

State forbids pastors calling homosexuality 'sinful' Sets religious test for volunteer counselors for juvenile offenders


The state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements.
The policy was uncovered by Liberty Counsel, which has sent a letter to Bob Hayter, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, demanding that the state religious test be dropped and that a dismissed counselor be reinstated.
“Liberty Counsel writes regarding the blatantly unconstitutional revocation of volunteer prison minister status of ordained Christian minister David Wells, who has provided voluntary spiritual counseling and mentorship to juvenile inmates under the control of the Department of Juvenile Justice. … This revocation was issued by Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center on the basis of the April 4, 2014, DJJ Policy 912, which mandates full DJJ support of homosexuality and transvestism.
“With no evidence of any violation of DJJ policy on Mr. Wells’ part, his volunteer status was revoked by the Warren RJDC superintendent because he could not sign a state-mandated statement that homosexuality was not ‘sinful,’ among other things,” the letter said.
The policy states that DJJ staff, volunteers and others “shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
WND requested a comment from the state agency, but there was no immediate response.
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The state agency was told in the letter it has until July 31 to reinstate Wells’ volunteer visitor credentials.
“Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Pastor Wells must be able to discuss what the Bible says about matters of sexuality with the juveniles he is trying to help. To remove the Bible from a pastor’s hands is like removing a scalpel from a surgeon’s hands. Without it, they cannot provide healing.”
Wells had volunteered more than 10 years at the facility under the prison ministry of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady
But Supt. Gene Wade dismissed him in a terse note on July 7.
He wrote, “I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer serving the youth in this facility per DJJ Policy 112, Section IV, Paragraph H, (8).”
Liberty Counsel reported Policy 912, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” states that volunteers cannot refer to homosexuality or other alternative sexual lifestyles as “sinful.”
“DJJ 912 equates the teaching of biblical morality with ‘derogatory,’ ‘biased” and ‘hateful’ speech,” added Staver.
“In so doing, the DJJ policy creates an unconstitutional, religious litmus test for DJJ access. The First Amendment prohibits the government from viewpoint discrimination. This detention center may not prohibit the expression of biblical morality simply because a few DJJ policymakers object to the Bible and its teaching,” the letter said.
Liberty Counsel’s letter noted Wells was ordered to sign a form “promising to refrain from telling any juvenile inmates that homosexuality was ‘sinful.’”
But Liberty Counsel argues the Bible “explicitly prohibits any expression of sexuality outside of the confines of man-woman marriage.”
“It recognizes that every person, regardless of personal proclivities or attractions, is separated from God because of sin, whatever form that sin may take. Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes, and Mr. Wells must be able to discuss the Bible and matters of sexuality with inmates, and he therefore was unable to sign the form.”
The letter says many inmates have been sexually abused and need such counseling.
“Second, at no time in more than 12 years of ministry has Mr. Wells or any of the other volunteer ministers who assist him ever used ‘derogatory language’ in a manner that ‘conveys bias towards or hatred of’ children.’
“Third, any religious services or spiritual counseling offered by Mr.Wells is always completely voluntary in attendance; and no juvenile offender is ever required to attend the services or meet with him or other volunteers,” the letter said.
Wells has dealt with cases ranging from “a young man who sexually abused his sister, and then killed her … to children who have been molested and sodomized by adults and older teens.”
“All of these children have asked Mr.Wells if there was any hope for them in this life, and in the life to come. He has told them without exception that Christ can, and would, forgive them, if they would repent and believe the gospel.”
The policy even conflicts with other department policy, Liberty Counsel explained, because DJJ 345 states: “A volunteer minister, pastor or religious counselor, approved by the facility religious coordinator, shall have access to each area of the facility identified for religious programming. Clergy shall be allowed to have confidential communications with youth pursuant to clergy privilege.”
The state demand “violates the First Amendment by prescribing an official state religious ‘orthodoxy:’ now, only a religious belief that homosexuality is not ‘sinful’ may be expressed in DJJ facilities.”
That’s even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “no official, high or petty, can prescribe that shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion and force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
The U.S. Supreme Court also has ruled that speech restrictions cannot be based on viewpoint.
The practice also creates similar conflicts with the Kentucky Constitution, Liberty Counsel said.
“There is simply no evidence that any pastor or volunteer minister, much less Mr. Wells, has ever expressed ‘derogatory’ language toward, or ‘bias’ or ‘hatred’ of DJJ youths who have sexuality issues. For that matter, it is not ‘hatred’ or ‘bias’ to lovingly point out the harms of homosexuality,” the letter said.
The result is that the state of Kentucky “singles out a particular theological viewpoint as expressly disfavored.”
This the state cannot do,” the letter said.
The issue of counseling sexually confused youth has come up several other states already. In California, Oregon and New Jersey, officials already have adopted rules that prohibit people from offering help during counseling sessions to juveniles who have unwanted same-sex attractions.
Several other states have rejected the idea.
Most recently, it was a judge’s “bias” toward homosexuality that prompted a jury to award about $72,000 to plaintiffs who sued under a New Jersey consumer fraud law.
They claimed their counseling sessions aimed at getting rid of unwanted same-sex attractions failed, according to a licensed counselor.
The verdict recently was announced in New Jersey for plaintiffs who brought their case, with the assistance of an organization that has been linked to domestic terror, against JONAH, or Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing.
The verdict was “the consequence of liberal judicial bias,” licensed professional counselor Christopher Doyle told Anglican Mainstream, a publication for orthodox Anglicans.
“Before and during the trial Judge Peter Bariso stripped JONAH of so many opportunities to really defend themselves, disqualifying five of the six expert witnesses for the defendants because their opinions contradicted the so-called mainstream view that same-sex attractions are not at all disordered, even if a client is distressed by these unwanted sexual feelings because of their sincerely held religious and spiritual beliefs,” Doyle’s report said.
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A decision on whether the case will be appealed is looming, Liberty Counsel said.
“The judge’s bias against religious freedom was so ruthless that he even refused to allow JONAH’s chief attorney to mention the First Amendment freedom of religion in his closing argument,” Doyle said.
“This verdict sends a chilling message to anyone of faith who either offers counseling or wants to receive counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions,” he said.
The jury verdict ordered JONAH to pay $72,400 to five plaintiffs for the fees they paid for counseling.
The case was brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which opposed racism and discrimination during its early years. However, three years ago it was linked to domestic terrorism in a court case. That was when homosexual activist Floyd Lee Corkins on Aug. 15, 2012, walked into Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., armed with a semi-automatic pistol, 95 bullets and a sack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches with the intent, he later confessed, of killing “as many people as I could.”
Corkins admitted he picked FRC, which promotes traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs about family and sexuality, because it was listed as an “anti-gay” hate group by SPLC on its website.
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The judge actually had pre-ordained the conclusion against JONAH, writing early in the case “the theory that homosexuality is a disorder is not novel but – like the notion that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it – instead is outdated and refuted.”
For that reason, he gutted much of the organization’s defense.
Doyle explained that the jury probably was less convinced about consumer fraud claims but more by the actions of “a liberal judge who hamstringed the defendants while feeding the jury a steady diet of mischaracterizations on the work of JONAH.”
WND reported JONAH was defended by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.
Spokeswoman Maggie Gallagher earlier told WND that SPLC’s goals are to put “out of existence” any counseling in America that helps those with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Essentially, she said, it’s a campaign to “impose a new public morality” on the nation, concluding that for those who have same-sex attractions, “there’s nothing you are entitled to do except say it’s great and I want to live a gay life.”





Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY


Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran
By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America's enemy.

The president "must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate."
One can imagine hearing such counsel from a contemporary United States senator on the receiving end of President Obama's "full disclosure" of the nuclear deal with Iran. But the admonition actually came from James Iredell, a champion of the Constitution's ratification, who was later appointed to the Supreme Court by President George Washington.
Iredell was addressing the obligations the new Constitution imposed on the president in the arena of international affairs. Notwithstanding the chief executive's broad powers to "regulate all intercourse with foreign powers," it would be the president's "duty to impart to the Senate every material intelligence he receives." Indeed, among the most egregious offenses a president could commit would be fraudulently inducing senators "to enter into measures injurious to their country, and which they would not have consented to had the true state of things been disclosed to them."
A little over a year ago, I recounted Iredell's cautionary words in Faithless Execution. They echo an instructive illustration offered by James Madison, the Constitution's principal author: If the president were "to commit any thing so atrocious" as to fraudulently rig Senate approval of an international agreement, he would "be impeached and convicted."

Tell your elected officials to reject this agreement.

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FREE ZONE INDEPTH STORY: Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object BY Chelsea Scism


Coca-Cola asked Planned Parenthood to remove its name as a donor to the organization. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/ABACA/Newscom)
Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.
The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed.
>>> We Asked Companies About Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded.
This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations—and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding.
Earlier this week, The Daily Signal used information from 2nd Vote to publish the names of 41 companies listed by Planned Parenthood as contributors. Shortly after the story was published, representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox contacted The Daily Signal to say they were erroneously listed and had requested that Planned Parenthood take them off its website.
The companies were cited by Planned Parenthood as employers who match charitable contributions. Planned Parenthood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is exempt from paying federal income taxes.
>>> VIDEO: Planned Parenthood’s History of Scandal
A representative from Coca-Cola confirmed for The Daily Signal that the company does not contribute to Planned Parenthood, nor does it match employee contributions to the organization.
When told that its named appeared on Planned Parenthood’s website, the Coca-Cola representative said, “We’ll ask them to correct the information.”
Other companies voiced similar concerns about Planned Parenthood’s donor list.
“We are making sure that Ford Motor Company is not listed as a Planned Parenthood contributor on their website,” a representative from Ford told The Daily Signal.
“In addition, we do not offer an employee match for charitable contributions,” the Ford representative said. It has been at least 10 years since Ford stopped matching employee gift contributions, the representative added.
Ford Motor Co. says it was incorrectly listed as a Planned Parenthood donor. (Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Newscom)
Ford Motor Co. says it was incorrectly listed as a Planned Parenthood donor. (Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Newscom)
Similarly, Xerox was listed on the Planned Parenthood website and has said it also does not donate in any way.
“We checked our files for the last 20 years and have no record of Xerox Corp. contributing to Planned Parenthood,” a representative from Xerox told The Daily Signal.
>>> Meet the 38 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood
By Wednesday afternoon, Planned Parenthood had removed Xerox from its list of companies that match gifts to the organization. By Thursday morning, Planned Parenthood removed every company name listed as a donor.
Instead of listing companies by name, the site simply says, “Does your employer match charitable contributions? If so, please contact your Human Resources Department for more information about how your gift may be matched.”
Planned Parenthood did not return The Daily Signal’s request for comment.
This comes less than two weeks after an undercover video describing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body parts was released.
Daily Signal reporters Melissa Quinn and Kate Scanlon contributed to this story.

Meet the 38 Companies That Donate to Planned Parenthood

BY Melissa Quinn 

ExxonMobil, along with 38 other companies, donates directly to Planned Parenthood. The group is under fire after two videos were released showing top Planned Parenthood executives allegedly discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts. (Photo: Sebastien Pirlet//Reuters/Newscom)
In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding.
However, it’s not only the government that fills Planned Parenthood’s coffers. According to 2nd Vote, a website and app that tracks the flow of money from consumers to political causes, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3-billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions.
>>> UPDATE: Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object
2nd Vote researched the corporations and organizations to find which supported Planned Parenthood and found that more than three dozen donated to the group. Some companies donated directly, while others matched employee gifts.e. We'll respect your inbox and keep you informed.
 Thirty-nine corporations and organizations directly contribute to the group.
Planned Parenthood has come under heavy fire following the release of videos from the Center for Medical Progress.The first video, released last week, showed Planned Parenthood senior executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola meeting with actors portraying buyers from a “human biologics company.” The “buyers” discussed the sale of fetal body parts with Nucatola over lunch.
In the second video, released today, Dr. Mary Gatter, president of Planned Parenthood’s medical directors council, is seen negotiating the price of aborted fetal body parts.
Here are the 38 companies that have directly funded Planned Parenthood.
  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Converse
  11. Deutsche Bank
  12. Dockers
  13. Energizer
  14. Expedia
  15. ExxonMobil
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Groupon
  18. Intuit
  19. Johnson & Johnson
  20. La Senza
  21. Levi Strauss
  22. Liberty Mutual
  23. Macy’s
  24. March of Dimes
  25. Microsoft
  26. Morgan Stanley
  27. Nike
  28. Oracle
  29. PepsiCo
  30. Pfizer
  31. Progressive
  32. Starbucks
  33. Susan G. Komen
  34. Tostitos
  35. Unilever
  36. United Way
  37. Verizon
  38. Wells Fargo
This story originally listed 41 companies; following publication, three contacted The Daily Signal to say Planned Parenthood’s list was inaccurate. Click here for our latest coverage.
Xerox says it was was erroneously listed on Planned Parenthood’s website as having been a donor. “We have communicated with Planned Parenthood. They have removed Xerox from this list of companies that match gifts to the organization. It was not correct,” a Xerox representative told The Daily Signal.
A Ford Motor Co. representative contacted The Daily Signal claiming they had been erroneously listed on Planned Parenthood’s website, and have contacted Planned Parenthood to be removed.
Coca-Cola also asked Planned Parenthood to remove it from the website. “The Coca-Cola Company does not contribute to Planned Parenthood,” a representative told The Daily Signal. “We do not match employee contributions to Planned Parenthood.”

Friday, July 24, 2015








VIDEO: Planned Parenthood’s History of Scandal

With more than $500 million in taxpayer funding annually, it's time for the American people to know the truth about Planned Parenthood. |


We Asked Companies About Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded.    

Starbucks is one of the many companies that have donated to Planned Parenthood. (Photo: Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/Newscom)
On Tuesday, The Daily Signal published a list of companies that donate or have donated directly to Planned Parenthood, either through grants or through matching employee gifts, according to 2nd Vote, a money-tracking website and app that looks at consumers and political causes.
The Daily Signal reached out to each company to ask about its donations to the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Representatives for Xerox, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Co. told The Daily Signal that they had been incorrectly listed as donors by Planned Parenthood. They said their companies do not contribute to Planned Parenthood and do not match employee gifts to the organization. All three said they have contacted or will contact Planned Parenthood to be removed from its website.
A spokesman for Fannie Mae said they do not contribute as a company to Planned Parenthood, but they will match employee gifts. He said they only have “two broad sets of criteria” for the organizations they will match donations for: they must be 501(c)(3) organizations, and they must not be on a government terror watch list.
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 “Fannie Mae makes no decisions about who our employees choose to give to,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the March of Dimes said they have no “current grants” to Planned Parenthood.
They also posted on their Facebook page:
To set the record straight, the March of Dimes does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. Additionally, the March of Dimes does not promote or fund abortion services, nor may foundation funds be used for directive counseling regarding abortion. Violation of this policy would be grounds for immediate cancellation of a grant or cooperative agreement. Since 2007, five local March of Dimes chapters have given local grants to Planned Parenthood exclusively for prenatal education. In these communities, these are the only such services available to improve the health of low-income women and reduce the risks of birth defects, low birthweight, and prematurity in their babies.
The following companies provided statements to The Daily Signal:
“Avon does not make any direct donations or grants to Planned Parenthood. The Avon Foundation for Women is a U.S. based 501c3 public charity and all of our grants are made public and searchable via our website.
“Avon does offer an employee match program for associates in which associates can choose to support 501c3 organizations of their choice and Avon will match their donations.”
“As part of our annual giving campaign at Clorox, the company provides employees the opportunity to make contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice, which are matched through The Clorox Company Foundation. While the foundation does not select these organizations, we recognize that Clorox employees choose to support many different causes they care about. For perspective, year-to-date, approximately $2,000 in foundation matching funds have been directed toward Planned Parenthood. Last year, The Clorox Company Foundation donated more than $4 million in total to many nonprofit organizations.
“We are proud of our employees’ generosity, and our matching program is intended to encourage that. Although the causes they choose to support do not necessarily reflect the focus areas of The Clorox Company Foundation—which are K-12 education, youth development, and cultural and civic vitality through the arts—community support has been, and will continue to be, an integral part of our business.”
Levi Strauss:
“Like many companies, Levi Strauss & Co. has a policy to match employee donations to nonprofit organizations. Levi Strauss & Co. has made donations to Planned Parenthood for those employees who choose to support the organization.”
The American Cancer Society:
“The American Cancer Society does not fund grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates. We have previously funded a very limited number of cancer control grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates to implement cancer control programs, such as training clinic staff to screen patients for smoking, providing patients the benefits of quitting smoking, and referring patients to a toll-free smoking cessation helpline. These grants expired several years ago. The American Cancer Society does not fund—nor has it ever funded—abortion or contraceptive counseling.”
United Way:
“United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood.
“All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one-tenth of 1 percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.
“No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems.
“Local United Way-funded Planned Parenthood programs focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.”
“Our company makes no direct donations to Planned Parenthood. In our Matching Gift program, we will match our employees’ donations to any 501c3 organization. We are a company of 160,000 people, and we do match a small handful of gifts each year to Planned Parenthood organizations given that they are 501c3.”
“ExxonMobil funding for Planned Parenthood organizations have been made through our employee/retiree matching gift and volunteer programs, which exist to support our employees and retirees in their personal philanthropic giving and community involvement. ExxonMobil’s giving through these programs is based entirely on employees and retirees’ support for these organizations and does not reflect ExxonMobil’s philanthropic priorities or support for community causes.”
Morgan Stanley:
“The guidelines established for the firm’s philanthropic arm, The Morgan Stanley Foundation, stipulate that the foundation does not directly provide funding to organizations for programs related to reproductive issues. However, Morgan Stanley’s giving guidelines support employee match requests for recognized 501c3 organizations, which may include Planned Parenthood. We also provide small grants to organizations where our employees invest their time through our Volunteer Incentive Program.”
“We support our employees by making matching gifts to the qualified 501c3 charities they care about. Our matching gifts programs support Verizon employees’ commitment to making the world a better place. To see more about our commitment to our employees and our communities, check out:
“While we do not support Planned Parenthood as a corporation, some employees may make private donations to the organization and request matching funds through our employee matching program.”
Spokespersons for Adobe, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Ben & Jerry’s, Converse, Deutsche Bank, Dockers, Energizer, Expedia, Groupon, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, La Senza, Liberty Mutual, Microsoft, Nike, Oracle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Progressive, Starbucks, Susan G. Komen, Tostitos and Unilever did not return The Daily Signal’s request for comment.

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