Question of the Day: How much money did Planned Parenthood pay Fusion GPS to “analyze” the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos (which now have millions of views on CMP’s youtube channel)?
Is it really necessary for me to point out that it is not “independent analysis” when you pay a company to do the work and use it for public relations material and also in an attempt to fend off criminal prosecution? I guess Fusion GPS could have taken on this project pro bono, but at the end of the day, the company represents the interests of Planned Parenthood, and the stakes are worth $500 million annually – and then some – with the loss of state funding as well, so I bet they paid a hefty sum.
Both PPFA’s letter to Congress and the report are posted on its “PR Output” web site:
The first thing I wanted to know was what company did the analysis and what other work have they done?
Here’s what I could find out about Fusion GPS
Former Wall Street Journal investigative journalists Glenn Simpson (partner), Peter Fritsch (partner), and Thomas Catan (partner) founded Fusion GPS in 2009. The Fusion GPS web site has almost no information. It contains the company name, two sentences about the work it does, and an e-mail address. “Strategic intelligence” is listed as one of its services. According to Integrity Research, Fusion GPS’ expertise is in investment research, with “singular expertise” in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Following are some articles that mention private investigation-type (aka “strategic intelligence”) work Fusion GPS was involved in during the Obama-Romney presidential election campaign:
- Trolling for Dirt on the President’s List (Wall Street Journal, 2012).
- The President’s Hit List (Wall Street Journal, 2012).
- About That Obama Enemies List (New Republic, May 2012).
- The Obama Thugocracy (American Spectator, May 2012).
Fusion GPS did not conduct the analysis alone. They had to hire experts:
- Grant Fredericks – Owner, Forensic Video Solutions, Spokane, WA
- Scott Goldie – television producer, Los Angeles, CA (credits include Hollywood Scandals); see also his producer reel
Will anyone else analyze and report on the video? My guess is no. Planned Parenthood has been pressured to provide proof that the videos were “heavily edited” to manipulate the content.
Veterans in the pro-life movement know that when Americans are confronted with the reality of abortion—the intentional killing of an innocent human being in what should be the safest place in the world (its mother’s womb)—their hearts and consciences will be pricked. When the language Planned Parenthood uses gets translated, the reality becomes clear:
- Babies are called “cases.”
- Brains, livers, lungs, and other body parts of developing babies are simply “tissue.”
A lot of the mainstream media is buying PPFA’s story. Are you?
( It was good to see the more objective Dueling Assessments article from the Wall Street Journal.)
David Daleiden responded to PPFA’s letter and Fusion GPS’ report on the undercover videos with the following statement:
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards makes two key admissions today in Planned Parenthood’s letter to Congress:
– that Planned Parenthood gets paid $60 per baby body part harvested,
– and that Planned Parenthood doctors alter their abortion procedures to get higher-quality body parts.
Both of these admissions speak to Planned Parenthood’s financial benefit and profit motive for supplying fetal tissue, and both are the points CMP’s videos have documented and illustrated from the very beginning.
When a Tissue Procurement Organization handles all dissection, packaging, and shipping of fetal organs, and all Planned Parenthood does is spend 10 minutes consenting a patient, the $60 per body part harvested quickly adds up to illegal baby parts profit for Planned Parenthood. And when a Planned Parenthood doctor manipulates the abortion to get higher-quality baby parts, they are prizing Planned Parenthood’s financial interests ahead of women’s health.
Daleiden has also said that he expects CMP to release four more videos.
Related: Americans United for Life
- on why CMP’s video matter and request for Congressional hearings
- letter to Congress
- outline of potential Planned Parenthood violations