Planned Parenthood’s political arm is working the phones and sending out mailers urging the defeat of two freshmen Republican members of the state House: Rep. Tom Murry of Morrisville and Rep. Tim Moffitt of Asheville, among others.
Planned Parenthood of Central N.C. Action Fund, a political action committee, reports having spent $5,809 on the effort so far from late September to early October. The national political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, last month sent $27,000 to help out in North Carolina.
Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, a nonprofit entity, has endorsed both incumbents’ opponents: Jim Messina for Murry’s House District 41, and Jane Whilden for Moffitt’s House District 116. Both are pro-choice.
Paige Johnson, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina, said the group was targeting legislators who voted to defund Planned Parenthood health programs even though they live in districts with strong support for those services.
“They made these attacks their priority and we told them there would be consequences,” Johnson said.
But it will take a lot more money than that to compete with Murry and Moffitt, both of whom are firmly part of the GOP hierarchy in the legislature. Moffitt reports having received more than $280,000 so far, and Murry more than $130,000.
A Planned Parenthood PAC took credit for the defeat in this year's primary of 28-year incumbent Rep. Jim Crawford, a Democrat from Oxford who crossed party lines to help pass the abortion-restrictions bill last year.
Additional campaiging is under way, and the North Carolina PAC hasn't filed its report yet because the deadline is later this month.