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Daines Takes Campaign Contributions from Known Hate Group

Family Research Council, Designated Hate Group, Gives Thousands to Daines 

(Helena, Mont.) – Congressman Steve Daines has accepted money from a controversial group known for hate speech and efforts to deny women the right to make their own health care decisions.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for its damaging and threatening comments about gay men and women. The organization gave $1,000 to Daines’ first campaign and another $1,000 to his current bid for Senate.  

The group also pursues harmful anti-choice policies that would overturn Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion.

Daines has promoted some of the most aggressive anti-choice legislation in recent history, and would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

“Congressman Daines believes women should be denied their rights, but accepting money from a known hate group is a new low,” said Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Congressman Daines wouldn’t stand up to a hate group, wouldn’t stand up to special interests, and has failed to stand up to his party – how can he be trusted to stand up for Montanans?”

Background

Family Research Council Listed as a Hate Group. The Southern Poverty Law Center listed the Family Research Group as a hate group. [Talking Points Memo, 11/24/10]

Daines Accepted Money from the Family Research CouncilOn May 21, 2014, Daines received $1,000 from the Family Research Council PAC. He previously received $1,000 during his congressional run. [FEC, 5/27/14; OpenSecrets.org, accessed 5/29/14]

Daines Met with D.C. Lobbyist for the Family Research Council. In December 2013, Daines met with Josh Duggar, one of the Family Research Council's lobbyists. [Steve Daines Twitter, 12/10/13; Washington Post, 10/08/13]

Family Research Council Lobbies Congress to Pass Anti-Choice LegislationThe Family Research Council lobbied for some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation including allowing the IRS to audit rape victims who have abortions and defunding women's health care clinics like Planned Parenthood. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 5/29/14

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