Sunday, July 15, 2012

Maffei Calls on Congresswoman Buerkle to Reject Support from Radical Group that Calls her District “Hostile Territory"

Demoratic Congressional Candidate Dan Maffei called on Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle to publicly disavow, and reject further support from the Susan B. Anthony List, a radical anti-choice group that calls her District “hostile territory.”

“If this District is “hostile territory” for Congresswoman Buerkle it is entirely because of her choice to vote with radical groups like this to defund Planned Parenthood, raise taxes on middle class families and drastically cut Medicare.  Instead of working together to help get our economy back on track, Congresswoman Buerkle has focused on a radical right agenda that fails to serve her constituents,” said Maffei.  “Congresswoman Buerkle must reject any further support from this radical group that clearly has no respect for her constituents, or their ability to make decisions for themselves.”

The President of the Susan B. Anthony List called Congresswoman Buerkle’s District “hostile territory.” [Syracuse Post-Standard, 7/12/12]

“The congresswoman’s position on abortion earned her campaign special national status in the view of the Susan B. Anthony List, which has 345,000 members nationwide.
“For House members, without question she is at the top of our list,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group’s president.
Dannenfelser said the SBA List will encourage individual contributions from its membership and send them to Buerkle, rather than launching its own advertising campaign on her behalf.
“We are committed to doing everything it takes to get her elected,” Dannenfelser said. “She’s arguably in the most hostile territory of any of the women that we have helped elect right now.”

The SBA List is Congresswoman Buerkle’s biggest contributor, and she has received at least $92,000 through them thus far. In the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, Buerkle has received at least $92,319 through the Susan B. Anthony List – including $10,000 and $11,281 in contributions from the group’s PAC in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and $71,038 in conduit funds during the 2012 cycle. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 7/12/12; Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 7/12/12; fec.gov, accessed 7/12/12]

The SBA List accused President Obama of infanticide. In 2008, the group released a mail piece that argued that Obama would not save an infant laying on a train track from an oncoming train. [Politico, 10/30/08]

The SBA List  supports banning abortion without exception for the life or health of the mother. Susan B Anthony supports outlawing abortion and opposes an exception to protect the health of the mother, calling protections for a mother’s health “frivolous.” [Susan B Anthony List, 7/20/10]

The SBA List  opposes potentially lifesaving stem cell research. Susan B. Anthony List opposing potentially lifesaving embryonic stem cell research. [Susan B Anthony List, 12/07/10]

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