WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Susan B. Anthony List “Votes Have Consequences” target Rep. Brad Ellsworth lost his bid for U.S. Senate, making him the third among SBA List’s Votes Have Consequences targets to be defeated. (A running tally of successful Votes Have Consequences candidate defeats can be viewed here.)
“Indiana voters proved that Members of Congress who finesse or ignore the deeply held values of their constituents lose their title ‘Representative’ in principle and in fact,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Almost a year ago, our polling in his congressional district revealed strong opposition to federal funding of abortion and significant voter intensity attached to that view. Congressman Ellsworth tried to explain away his vote for a health care plan that included such funding and paid the price with pro-life voters. Dan Coats’ victory brings authentic pro-life leadership to the U.S. Senate from Indiana.”
Ellsworth and other so-called “pro-life” Democrats voted in favor of the pro-life Stupak Amendment to the health care bill, but eventually betrayed their constituents by voting in favor of the final bill that did not contain the Stupak Amendment and includes taxpayer funding of abortion.
Ellsworth’s loss brings the total number of so-called “pro-life” Democrats successfully defeated through SBA List’s $3.4 million Votes have Consequences project to 3. The Votes Have Consequences project included a comprehensive political campaign involving bus tours, billboards, radio and television ads, nearly one million mailers to pro-life voters, robo-calls, newspaper ads and local grassroots organizing.
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm elections, including: $3.4 million on its “Votes Have Consequences” project targeting self-described “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care bill; $2.3 million on its efforts to elect pro-life women to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and Statewide Office; and $1.4 million spent defeating pro-abortion incumbents and protecting pro-life leaders. SBA List members across the country bundled over $600,000 in direct contributions to candidates. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races.
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