August 3, 2015 | Press Release


Blue Earth, MN – Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn called upon 1st District Rep. Tim Walz to return $29,700 in campaign contributions received from Planned Parenthood, a federally funded abortion provider under fire for selling aborted baby organs.

“Tim Walz has taken almost $30,000 from Planned Parenthood and in all good conscience Tim needs to return the tainted contributions,” challenged Hagedorn.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks the influence of money in politics, the Tim Walz for U.S. Congress campaign committee has received $29,700 from Planned Parenthood’s political action committee and individuals affiliated with Planned Parenthood who contributed more than $200. Planned Parenthood contributions to Walz ($1,500 in 2014; $11,000 in 2012; $4,800 in 2010; $9,800 in 2008 and $2,600 in 2006) are listed on the Center’s www.opensecrets.org website.

Hagedorn said discovery of campaign contributions to Walz from the controversial abortion rights group further highlighted how out-of-touch and out-of-step the congressman is with his rural district’s constituents.

“Tim Walz’s record is 100% pro-abortion with votes supporting taxpayer funding, sex-selection and even late-term abortion.  The congressman’s liberal voting record on abortion issues is disturbing enough; but, Tim’s complete silence on the harvesting of baby organs by Planned Parenthood is utterly shocking and once again proves that ‘Twin Cities Tim’ is at complete odds with the views and values of First District residents,” said Hagedorn.

Hagedorn said his right to life beliefs, including opposition to taxpayer funding and late-term abortion procedures, are widely accepted by voters.  “I unapologetically believe that government’s responsibility is to protect innocent, vulnerable life, especially children (born and unborn), the elderly, the disabled and people with special needs,” he stated.

“Traditional pro-life values are still valued in southern Minnesota,” said Hagedorn. “My views more accurately represent the people, a fact Tim Walz neither recognizes nor shares.”

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