Planned Parenthood Announces $20M Voter Turnout Initiative

Says it’s their largest ground game initiative to date

With the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas as a back drop, a group of local Planned Parenthood Votes volunteers protest Donald Trump's remarks about women with inflatable cats and posters in Las Vegas on TuesdayOct. 18, 2016, the day before the final Presidential Debate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday a $20 million ground game initiative for the midterm elections.

The health provider announced the initiative on a conference call, saying it will be held in states including Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, Florida, Minnesota, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

Deirdre Schiefling, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said it was the largest ground game ever organized by Planned Parenthood.

“This is all fuel to an already raging fire,” Schiefling said, adding that “days are numbered” for any politician who opposes abortion rights.

In addition, the organization announced it would team up with Color of Change PAC, the Service Employees International Union and Center for Community Change Action.

Kelley Robinson, national organizing director, also said the group expected to contact 4.5 million voters and said in Pennsylvania, for example, 80 volunteers will be knocking on doors in 10 counties in the state.

“We have an army of volunteers,” Robinson said. “What we’re seeing here is true activism.”

The group also said it would hold more than 30 canvas kick-off meetings with more than 400 volunteers. 

The announcement comes as the Senate begins hearings of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh ad some Democrats are still undecided about voting for him.

“We’ve been communicating with all of our senators about the enormous concerns their constituents have,” Schiefling said. “The American public does not want to see Kavanaugh confirmed.”

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