Planned Parenthood Votes Spends $100K on 134th House Race

Planned Parenthood Votes is spending $100,000 on TV commercials to try to defeat Ryan Mackenzie in the 134th House race.

Local cable stations and WFMZ are airing $100,000 worth of TV commercials bought by Planned Parenthood Votes to try to defeat Republican in the hotly contested 134th House race.

Planned Parenthood Votes is a Pennsylvania state-registered political committee. The national Planned Parenthood Action Fund administers Planned Parenthood Votes.

Mackenzie is calling the ads a "$100,000 lie" being told in an attempt to try to "scare voters and buy the election," according to a media advisory he sent. 

The TV spots attempt to tie Mackenzie to a controversial proposal to require women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound. Mackenzie opposes the ultrasound bill, which has no chance of being passed into law after being pulled from the legislative agenda.

The ad claims Mackenzie's "Harrisburg friends" support the bill.

What impact will TV commercials have on the outcome of the 134th District race? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, other commercials slamming both Mackenzie and his opponent, , are also filling the airwaves.

PoliticsPa reports spending is running two to one against Mackenzie and they named the House Democratic Campaign Committee to their April 20 Up/Down list because of the potential for Democrats to win all six special elections being held across the state Tuesday.

According to PoliticsPa:

  • Voter registration in the 134th House District is 44 to 41 percent Republican
  • Corbett won the district by 61 to 39 percent
  • Sen. Pat Toomey won 58 to 42 percent

Editor's Note: This article has been changed to say the ads were launched by Planned Parenthood Votes.

Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
It is outrageous that they are spending money which should be used for better purposes. I will never give them a cent!
Eric April 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The reality is, despite making for good political rhetoric, not one penny of Planned parenthood's public funding is used by their PAC. I'm more concerned about Mackenzie's ambiguous position he takes on important issues--He has been supportive of the Harrisburg republicans' extreme ultrasound bill until being exposed. Mackenzie is too young and can't be trusted to lead.
Terry Elison April 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Planned Parenthood should be ashamed of themselves. These ads are nothing but lies. I've known Ryan personally for years and his support of this couldn't be farther from the truth. It's ashame that these campagins need to take on such a negative approach to get someone elected. Ryan is an intelligent, honest & upstanding citizen and I'm proud to say that I'm voting for him as our State Representative.
truth seeker April 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Really, what took him so long to speak up on this issue? The adds were running for quite some time. He was a policy director for Corbett where the idea came from. Looks to me like maybe he realized which way public opinion was blowing a little late and then decided to speak up. The add claims his friends proposed this. How is that not accurate? Again, this came from inside the Corbett addministration where he was employed until he decided to move back to the valley and run for office.
srodham69 April 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Really? These are not his views? How would one know? Riding on the coattails a GOP who has made it clear that women has less control of their own personal decisions than men is no way to make your views known. His silence on the issues on dignity and autonomy for women is deafening. For that reason, most women lump him into the category of Corbett and his thugs. If that's not the case, he should have made it known. However, he's never really lived here. Why should he speak for me or my neighbors?
JT April 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Slattery ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing this ad to be run. He should immediately call for them to be stopped and make clear to voters that he doesn't support what the ads are saying. Slattery says he's active in his church - what would his fellow parishioners say about him running this ad full of lies? I think they'd be dissapointed. What sleelzy move.
truth seeker April 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I think your quarrel is with planned parenthood not any candidate. Mackenzie could have avoided this easily by coming out on this issue early if he is truely opposed. Aren't you the guy who always defends the government in Lower Mac?
taxed-enough April 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Why would a politician oppose requiring an unltrasound before an abortion? Other states require an ultrasound as part of women having more information (informed consent). So, I would respect MacKenzie if he supported an ultrasound as part of informed consent before an abortion. Why would he oppose this? Many young girls have abortions before they really understand what is involved. If he is pro-life he should certainly support an ultrasound to help women get more information. If anyone is pro-choice, they should support an ultrasound to help make an informed choice. Having an ultrasound before an abortion is like requiring drivers education before starting to drive. It is educational, but does not take away rights. Has MacKenzie publicly addressed this issue, or is he just avoiding taking a position? This is one of the reasons why he may be skipping all debates so he does not have to go on the record as having a position on anything.
ron April 23, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I have seen all the commercials and read all the mailings, mostly mudslinging, innuendos and half truths. One of these clowns will be a winner on tuesday, we the people will be the losers. It is a shame we cant vote for none of the above and force the parties to find candidates that are not already bought and paid for!!!!
Bob Wendt April 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Why did the Patch not disclose the sources of massive spending for BOTH candidates.
taxed-enough April 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Ron, I agree with your comments. Thanks for sharing your views.
Ron Beitler April 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Don't forget there are two elections happening for the 134th. In the Republican Primary there is an alternative. Arlene Dabrow. She is running a volunteer grassroots campaign. She is local LMT resident. She was the only candidate to show up at the CEPTA debate.
Ron Beitler April 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
This became a half million dollar race easily I'm guessing.
LMTnative April 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Most if not all of the ads and mailings I've seen have come from Harrisburg based PACs not the local candidates. It's very apparent that Harrisburg is trying to tell us who to vote for. Both candidates were chosen by their respective parties because they are patsies who will tow the party line. Neither of them have enough balls to tell us what they really stand for or debate each other. I vote for anyone else. Enough Harrisburg & Washington politics as usual. Time to clean house and start over. Impose term limits for every elected and appointed public office and end the carer politicians rule over us.
Ron Beitler April 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Term limits!! No more "king-making"
taxed-enough April 23, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Also, there was a debate in January in Emmaus where four candidates for the 134th publicly vowed to NOT participate in the state pension system that is fleecing the taxpayers. Then, we end up with MacKenzie and Slattery who each are striving to be career politicians, and who strive to get into the cushy pension system and take the pension. Neither one has said that they would walk away from the unreasonable pension payments. So, they can not really speak up against the pension that is a burden to taxpayers since they plan on taking the pension. We elect them, and then they end up being our masters and we are the surfs who are burdened witht their lofty retirement pension payments.
truth seeker April 23, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Right, and if she doesn't like it she can just "close her eyes"
ron April 23, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I vote yes for term limits even though it goes against what i believe in. I mean we already have the power to vote incompetent or corrupt people out of office but the two party system has gotten so strong and people just dont seem to care. Everyone wants change but we keep re-electing the same people over and over again. I think there is a saying that stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Now im not calling anyone stupid,i think people just dont care,but think about it !!!!
Ron Beitler April 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
There are good people who perhaps deserve no term limit. BUT heres the issue. The BIG but. It's human nature that when you have power, the desire to keep that power will skew your decision making. This is a simple fact. No matter who you are. This is why we need term limits.
ron April 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Good point, i totally agree
Steve April 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Your tax dollars put to work in a fine way............as soon as they spend the $100,000 they will be knocking on Washington's doors asking "Hey buddy, can you spare me an extra $100,000...........let me tell you all the good things I will do with the money....... ". The sad part is that they will "actually get the money".
srodham69 April 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM
It's more of a shame that an organization who has done so much for college students and women in general needs to become a political vehicle. But rest assured, that any money spent by PP to protect their existence among this radical GOP agenda is money donated specifically for that purpose; it does not use tax money for anything other than providing care to women seeking medical treatment and diagnosis.
srodham69 April 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
That is the most ignorant, arrogant attitude I can imagine. How dare you advocate that a government intrude in any issue as personal as this. People like you behave like a bunch of communists. You think it's wrong for a government to take your dollars through taxing but it's logical for them to require medical tests of its citizens. You seriously believe this? I'm guessing that's because it's not a medical test YOU would be required to have.
ted.dobracki April 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM
surprising that so much money is spent for just one state assembly seat
taxed-enough April 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM
An ultrasound is not a medical test. It is part of educating mothers so they can be more informed and have informed consent. Look on youtube at an ultrasound video, and tell me it is not educational. I guess you think that a doctor looking down your throat before he prescribes tonsil removal is inappropriate. Yes, and the last time I had an ear ache, the doctor would not write a prescription until he had examined my ear and looked into their ear closely with a light to get a complete diagnosis. I guess an ear examination to get ear medication prescribed is something that you object to as well. Examinations are required before most medical procedures to get more information. Tell me one major medical procedure that is performed without having a doctor doing a complete examination beforehand.
srodham69 April 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
This is not an examination. It's an ultrasound. A pregnancy test verifies the pregnancy. The ultrasound has no medical use for someone wishing to terminate the pregnancy though I suspect you already understand that. No one could truly believe the stupid things you wrote below were for anything but affect. Sorry. Wrong audience. My brain still works. I don't need people to tell me how I have to think.
taxed-enough April 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
An ultrasound gives a mother informed consent based on a clear appreciation and understanding of their condition. For instance, if it is a multiple pregnancy like twins, a pregnancy test can not detect that. I am at a loss as to why you would not want to have a complete diagnosis before having medical procedures performed. Mothers should have more information, not less. Other states have passed informed consent laws. Informed consent is a legal term meaning that a patient should have a clear appreciation and understanding of their condition before making medical decisions. Ultrasounds are used routinely to verify the age of the fetus, which pregnancy tests can not determine. Pregnancy tests also can not detect multiples. Again, mothers should have more information, not less.
ron April 24, 2012 at 04:13 AM
You were right with your earlier post that no government or taxpayers should intrude in any issue as personal as this. But i equally believe government and taxpayers should not have to pay for it either. The fact that they can raise $100,000 so fast for a political campaign shows there are other ways to raise money for a good cause besides taxes. And i would feel the same way if all they did was to provide care to men seeking medical treatment and diagnosis. And no i am not a cruel and heartless person, i would gladly donate to all the good causes i could, just dont force me to thru taxes thats not the purpose of government !
taxed-enough April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
So, there are reasonable people who disagree here on this subject. That makes sense. What does not make sense is that MacKenzie knows about these news articles and tv ads, and will not clarify or take any position. MacKenzie's website does not clarify this subject at all. His mailings do not clarify his position on this subject at all. He says Planned Parenthood mailings are misleading, but will not say what he stands for. Just wants to get elected without showing where he stands, or how he would vote? Sad that it is election day, and we could vote for candidates that avoid taking any position or attending any debates.
careless fills April 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM
$100,000 flushed down the toilet! Think about how many lives have been saved. After all, PP apologists like to say that tax payer money doesn't fund the ads or abortions, so whoever does wasted their money demonizing MacKenzie!


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