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« on: September 09, 2010, 04:23:05 PM »

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Could Whistleblower Claims Strip Planned Parenthood of Government Funding?
September 9, 2010 - 2:35 PM | by: Shannon Bream

Two former Planned Parenthood employees-turned-whistleblowers have made stunning allegations regarding the abortion provider's accounting practices.  In a case now pending in federal court P. Victor Gonzalez alleges that he saw millions in fraudulent overbilling to state and federal governments when he worked as Chief Financial Officer for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles (PPLA).

Gonzalez alleges that after he reported the problems internally he was fired.  While Gonzalez was still working for PPLA the state of California launched audits of various Planned Parenthood affiliates, and uncovered more than $5.2 million in overbilling at a single affiliate based in San Diego.  Gonzalez claims that Planned Parenthood lobbyists intervened to stop other audits that were still pending statewide.

In his court filings, Gonzalez has outlined several transactions he alleges show illegal activity.  For example, in one year Gonzalez says PPLA paid $225,695.65 for Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills, yet billed the government $918,084 - for a profit of $692,388.35.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) says billing guidelines were unclear, and that nothing illegal or improper happened.  According to PPAC, "The allegations in the lawsuit are false and were addressed by the State of California long ago."  PPAC adds, "the California State Legislature passed a law in 2004 making it clear that the billing practices at issue in the case are completely permissible."

The law referenced by PPAC was sponsored by then-Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, and allows Planned Parenthood to continue to bill at inflated rates.  Jackson has said she was persuaded by Planned Parenthood that it could not survive absent the mark up for reimbursement, and she considered the issue one of "access."

Planned Parenthood tried to have the Gonzalez whistleblower case dismissed on a technicality, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied that motion.  Walter Weber, who represents Gonzalez, says it could take years to actually get the case to trial.  Weber asserts that the issues outlined by Gonzalez are so wide-spread that they are akin to "ACORN-like corruption" - and that federal agencies, like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, should consider de-funding Planned Parenthood of any government money.

However, the odds of that happening are slim according to Leslie Paige of the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).  Paige warns, "There ought to be a much more stringent and robust infrastructure there to terminate people's contracts for misuse of the funds," when it comes to the abuse of taxpayer dollars at entities across the country.  Paige says that actually happening is "a rarity."  The most recent figures available show that the Planned Parenthood Federal of America and its affiliates received $349.6 million dollars in government grants and contracts for fiscal year 2008.

Government audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates in New Jersey and Washington state have uncovered similar billing discrepancies.  In addition, a second California whistleblower claim alleging improper ties between Planned Parenthood and its political arm has reportedly launched an investigation by the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the New York Times.

The IRS has declined comment on whether or not an investigation is actually in progress.  In the meantime, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has announced it is disassociating itself from the clinics linked to the second whistleblower and will refer patients to other affiliates in the area.

http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/09/09/could-whistleblower-claims-strip-planned-parenthood-of-government-funding/?test=latestnews
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 06:30:57 PM »

overbilling the government and even acts of fraud never prevented Haliburton and other companies from continuing to get government funding so I don't know why we would hold Planned Parenthood to a different standard
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 07:34:59 PM »

overbilling the government and even acts of fraud never prevented Haliburton and other companies from continuing to get government funding so I don't know why we would hold Planned Parenthood to a different standard


Terrific logic as usual. I think that it should apply to all acts of fraud committed against the government by all people and organizations. If anyone gets wise, your getbig handle should be invoked to avoid prosecution.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 07:39:16 PM »

Terrific logic as usual. I think that it should apply to all acts of fraud committed against the government by all people and organizations. If anyone gets wise, your getbig handle should be invoked to avoid prosecution.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 09:31:27 PM »

Terrific logic as usual. I think that it should apply to all acts of fraud committed against the government by all people and organizations. If anyone gets wise, your getbig handle should be invoked to avoid prosecution.
should go down in history as one of the best getbig politics board posts of all time...kudos sir  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 07:53:37 AM »

Terrific logic as usual. I think that it should apply to all acts of fraud committed against the government by all people and organizations. If anyone gets wise, your getbig handle should be invoked to avoid prosecution.

so you agree that we should give no more contracts to KBR and by extension Halliburton

glad to hear it

how about Boeing?

how about you take your pick of hundreds of different companies on this site:  http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,html?ContractorID=13&ranking=2

it's nice when we can finally agree on something isn't it
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2010, 12:54:54 PM »

so you agree that we should give no more contracts to KBR and by extension Halliburton

glad to hear it

how about Boeing?

how about you take your pick of hundreds of different companies on this site:  http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,html?ContractorID=13&ranking=2

it's nice when we can finally agree on something isn't it

No. I said that fraud against the Federal Government should have no penalties, criminal or otherwise.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2010, 01:24:28 PM »

No. I said that fraud against the Federal Government should have no penalties, criminal or otherwise.

that's a pretty unique opinion

maybe you can convince some teabaggers to make that a campaign slogan

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 02:24:37 PM »

that's a pretty unique opinion

maybe you can convince some teabaggers to make that a campaign slogan



Wouldnt matter you dumb ass libs would just scream "racist racist racist".It makes no differance what a conservatives stands are,they are racists and we know this because Ed Shultz has Al Sharpton on everyday to remind us.
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 02:38:14 PM »

Wouldnt matter you dumb ass libs would just scream "racist racist racist".It makes no differance what a conservatives stands are,they are racists and we know this because Ed Shultz has Al Sharpton on everyday to remind us.

do you ever stop bitching about Schultz and Sharpton

you already admitted you're a racist so why do you even give a shit
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 12:06:12 PM »

Planned Parenthood Got $349.6 Million in Tax Dollars, Performed 324,008 Abortions....
CNS News ^ | November 11, 2010 | Penny Starr




Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in tax dollars in its fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2008 and paid its president, Cecile Richards, $385,163, plus another $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation.

Also, according to a ďfact sheet [2]Ē published by the organization, Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers performed 324,008 abortions in 2008.

Planned Parenthoodís fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2008 is the latest year for which the organization has publicly released an annual report [3] and published the annual sum of grants and contracts it received from the government.

The $385,163 in pay Planned Parenthood President Richards received in the organizationís fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 was recorded in the organizationís publicly available Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed for that year.

Richards also received $346,285 in total compensation from Planned Parenthood and $38,476 in total compensation from related groups in the organizationís fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, according to the organizationís Form 990 for that year.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to repeated inquiries from CNSNews.com about Cecile Richardsí compensation.

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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2010, 12:20:46 PM »

Dont' worry - planned parenthood will always have the financial support of past donors like Mitt Romney, so that they can continue whatever it is work they do.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2010, 07:37:35 PM »

Dont' worry - planned parenthood will always have the financial support of past donors like Mitt Romney, so that they can continue whatever it is work they do.

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Romney's Wife Gave Money to Planned Parenthood
May 9, 2007

Former Gov. Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, gave an $150 donation to the abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood in 1994, at a time when Romney considered himself effectively "pro-choice," the Romney campaign confirmed today.

Campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said Ann Romney had no recollection of the circumstances under which she donated the money.

He said an internal review of Romney's personal records has not turned up any instances in which Romney, a Massachusetts Republican, himself sent money to groups that supported expanded abortion rights.

"The governor has not donated to Planned Parenthood or abortion-rights groups," Madden said.

Madden said he did not know whether the former governor was aware of the donation, but he noted that Romney had been publicly committed to upholding a woman's right to an abortion until late 2004.

"This is an issue that the governor has changed his position on, that the governor was wrong on in the past and believes he is right on now," he said.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3157749&page=1
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2010, 07:54:56 PM »

Planned Parenthood Got $349.6 Million in Tax Dollars, Performed 324,008 Abortions....
CNS News ^ | November 11, 2010 | Penny Starr




Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in tax dollars in its fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2008 and paid its president, Cecile Richards, $385,163, plus another $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation.

Also, according to a ďfact sheet [2]Ē published by the organization, Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers performed 324,008 abortions in 2008.

Planned Parenthoodís fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2008 is the latest year for which the organization has publicly released an annual report [3] and published the annual sum of grants and contracts it received from the government.

The $385,163 in pay Planned Parenthood President Richards received in the organizationís fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 was recorded in the organizationís publicly available Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed for that year.

Richards also received $346,285 in total compensation from Planned Parenthood and $38,476 in total compensation from related groups in the organizationís fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, according to the organizationís Form 990 for that year.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to repeated inquiries from CNSNews.com about Cecile Richardsí compensation.



Good to see our tax dollars are being put to good use.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 06:59:56 PM »

How many times does this organization have to commit outrageous acts before we stop giving them tax dollars? 

Undercover 'Sex Work' Videos Fuel Congressional Campaign Against Planned Parenthood
Published February 03, 2011
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Undercover videos similar to the ones that brought down ACORN are causing big problems for Planned Parenthood, fueling an effort in Congress to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

Two sting videos have so far been released allegedly showing local Planned Parenthood managers giving advice to a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to obtain services for underage sex workers.
The first video, shot at a clinic in Perth Amboy, N.J., was released Tuesday. The anti-abortion group Live Action released a second video Thursday showing a similar scene at a clinic in Richmond, Va.

The manager in the first video, identified as Amy Woodruff, was fired by Planned Parenthood after the video was released. 

Phyllis Kinsler, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey, said the organization has a "zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior" and that the employee was immediately suspended Tuesday before being fired. 

"We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable," she said in a written statement Tuesday. "We are fully committed to delivering high-quality reproductive health care to the women of our communities, complying with all laws, and upholding the highest ethical standards."

But Live Action is calling for an investigation in both cases. It's not clear how many videos the group will release, but it claims it has enough footage to demonstrate a "pattern" of illicit activity.

"We wanted to demonstrate how severe this problem was," Live Action President Lila Rose told FoxNews.com. "People are really starting to pay attention. ... This is institutional."
Rose has released undercover footage involving Planned Parenthood before, but these are the first to deal with the issue of sex trafficking.

The video released Tuesday quickly gave momentum to Rep. Mike Pence's, R-Ind., effort to strip federal funding for abortion providers. With Planned Parenthood the biggest recipient of those funds, Pence said Americans should be "shocked" that the organization "has been recorded aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking."

"The recent release of an undercover video exposing duplicity and potential criminality by an employee of Planned Parenthood is an outrage," Pence said. "The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now."

He urged Congress to immediately bring his bill, which would end family planning grants for abortion providers, to the floor for consideration. Pence reintroduced that bill last month. According to a Government Accountability Office study last summer, Planned Parenthood tapped into $657 million in federal dollars between 2002 and 2009.

Rose said she thinks the videos will move the bill along, saying it's "atrocious" that taxpayer dollars are going toward the organization.

The Susan B. Anthony List also announced that it was banding together with other anti-abortion groups to kick off a campaign to build congressional support for Pence's proposal in light of the footage. And Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a co-sponsor on that bill, linked to the first Planned Parenthood video on her Facebook page, vowing to introduce her own bill "that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any future federal money directly or indirectly."

The undercover videos bear similarities to those that united lawmakers in opposition to low-income advocacy group ACORN. The New Jersey Planned Parenthood video showed a couple walking into the Perth Amboy clinic for help with their "sex work."

The man in the video can be heard explaining to the Planned Parenthood employee that his "girls" -- some of whom he describes as being 14 or 15 years old and illegal immigrants -- need to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. He also inquires about abortion services.

After initially telling the couple that Planned Parenthood is "obligated" to report certain information about minors, the employee says she "doesn't want to get anyone in trouble." She pulls out a piece of paper and refers them to what is apparently another clinic for abortion services.

"You never got this from me," she says. "If they're 14 and under, just send them right there if they need an abortion. ... Their protocols aren't as strict as ours."

The employee said her clinic wants "as little information as possible" and later tells the couple to come talk to her if there are any problems. She urges any underage girls to lie about their age.

"Worse ever comes to worst, you guys come see me," she says. "I'll jump in ... with nobody looking. ... That's why you come and ask for me only."

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has since launched a preliminary review into the tape. Spokesman Paul Loriquet told FoxNews.com that Dow referred the evidence to her criminal justice division -- the state will afterward determine whether a full investigation is warranted.

But Planned Parenthood, after the second tape was released Thursday, accused Live Action of "coordinating its activities" in order to push Pence's bill. The organization stood by the employee in the Virginia video, saying the worker notified her supervisor and that the report was then relayed to other staff members.

The organization claims it was already aware of a possible attempt to smear it. Though Planned Parenthood sacked the manager in the New Jersey tape, the organization apparently got ahead of the impending release last week, issuing a statement saying that it had alerted federal authorities to a "potential multistate sex trafficking ring" last month. The organization said it had notified Attorney General Eric Holder of that possibility after learning that people claiming to be in the sex-trafficking business had sought advice at nearly a dozen clinics across six states in the course of a week.

Planned Parenthood said it had suspected the visitors might be part of a "hoax" by anti-abortion activists looking to discredit the group. The group specifically named Live Action as the organization potentially behind the sting.

"When Planned Parenthood learns of an operation that exploits young women, we vigilantly work with law enforcement authorities to uncover and stop this abhorrent activity," spokesman Stuart Schear said in a written statement. "Planned Parenthood's top priority is the health and safety of our patients and the health and well-being of women and teens across the country, and we have been in contact with federal and local authorities to identify the persons involved in these visits."

Schear went on to say that while sex trafficking must be stopped, "dirty tricks" must be "condemned."

"Falsely claiming sex trafficking to health professionals to advance a political agenda is an astoundingly cynical form of political activity," Schear said.

Planned Parenthood released another statement Tuesday reiterating that its workers had "immediately" notified their superiors after being visited by people claiming to be involved in sex trafficking. The group said Live Action's goal is to "take down" Planned Parenthood.

Rose dismissed Planned Parenthood's explanation.

"They clearly didn't think it was a hoax if they fired their manager," she said. "They're talking out of both sides of their mouths."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/03/undercover-sex-work-videos-fuel-congressional-campaign-planned-parenthood/
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2011, 07:01:11 PM »

Giving advice to what they thought was a pimp with underaged prostitutes:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iMScbJJS2g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iMScbJJS2g</a>
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2011, 07:11:12 PM »

Typical. 
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2011, 08:37:27 PM »

We don't have enough orphans, criminals, and drug addicts who didn't have a good up bringing running around as it is.  I say we do away with Planned Parenthood.

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That makes about as much sense as for instance, you rob a bank and we execute your child for the crime
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2011, 09:28:54 PM »

We don't have enough orphans, criminals, and drug addicts who didn't have a good up bringing running around as it is.  I say we do away with Planned Parenthood.

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I'm sure there is no correlation between not wanting or being able to care for a child and choosing to have an abortion

If it turns out that's not the case I'm sure the churches and individual christians will step in and help raise the children

they are, after all Pro Life
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2011, 09:34:02 PM »

Romney's Wife Gave Money to Planned Parenthood
May 9, 2007

Former Gov. Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, gave an $150 donation to the abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood in 1994, at a time when Romney considered himself effectively "pro-choice," the Romney campaign confirmed today.

Campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said Ann Romney had no recollection of the circumstances under which she donated the money.

He said an internal review of Romney's personal records has not turned up any instances in which Romney, a Massachusetts Republican, himself sent money to groups that supported expanded abortion rights.

"The governor has not donated to Planned Parenthood or abortion-rights groups," Madden said.

Madden said he did not know whether the former governor was aware of the donation, but he noted that Romney had been publicly committed to upholding a woman's right to an abortion until late 2004.

"This is an issue that the governor has changed his position on, that the governor was wrong on in the past and believes he is right on now," he said.

. . . .

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3157749&page=1



Wow... Romney was 40 years old and pro choice.  And a First lady who activaely donated money to the many things Planned Parenthood does?

I don't see how he recovers in the primary.
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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2011, 02:46:05 PM »

Do it. 

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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2011, 05:19:38 AM »

BB - check this out.   

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-planned-parenthood-controversy-manufactured


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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2011, 06:02:03 AM »

Pence definitely trumps Romney on the abortion issue...

However, which man do you trust more on fixing the economy?

Strange that mamy repubs will choose a man who is worse on the economy over abortion.  A man in his early 40s will be barely affected by the abortion issue, but the economy?  A huge deal for him.
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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2011, 06:18:16 AM »

Compared to obama - any of the talked about potential nominees are better.
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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2011, 06:52:37 AM »

I'm not in favor of government funding abortions (although I am pro choice) but to cut off all funding will end with numerous unwanted children born. Now a friend of mine had this discussion yesterday and she posed this question.

Would you rather your tax dollars pay for 18 years for most of these unwanted children or terminate the pregnancy in the first 12 weeks. I replied interesting point but how bout parents teach kids consequences of unprotected sex. Then we talked about shows like teen mom on MTV. I used to think it was a good way to show young girls that being a mom is NOT easy. My friend said and then go look at the magazines over there on the stand (we were at the gym) and boom their were some of the girls from that show on the cover. She said, these young girls see them on the cover and will think that could be the way to fame. She was kind of right about that IMO.
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