Utah’s Chaffetz says Planned Parenthood raises enough money to not need federal funds

Washington • Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Tuesday argued that Planned Parenthood raises enough private donations that it doesn't need federal funds.

In a somewhat tense congressional hearing — the first with the head of Planned Parenthood testifying — Chaffetz noted that the organization had $127 million in revenue over expenses in a recent fiscal year, and even shipped money overseas for services.

"This is an organization that doesn't need federal subsidy," said Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "In the past three years, they spent more than $67 million on fundraising. They're pretty good at it. That's partly my point. They're pretty good at fundraising. They don't necessarily need taxpayer dollars to go pay for it."


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