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October 05, 2015

Fund That Manages Fiorina Giving Donated to Planned Parenthood

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and her husband give through an account with a donor-advised fund that has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood, writes the Daily Beast. Ms. Fiorina has made opposition to federal funding of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her campaign as she vaulted in the GOP polls in recent weeks.

The article parses Ms. Fiorina's claims about her philanthropy, including the assertion in campaign literature during her 2010 U.S. Senate campaign that she chairs the "Fiorina Foundation." The foundation does not exist as a registered charity, according to the Daily Beast, but represents an account the Fiorinas opened in 2000 with the Ayco Charitable Foundation, which manages philanthropic funds for clients and makes grants on their behalf.

The Ayco fund distributed $467,275 to Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2011, '12, and '13. Fiorina campaign spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the candidate and her husband "absolutely have say over where their money goes and don't have say over where other people's money [in Ayco accounts] goes" and that the donor-advised fund's giving to Planned Parenthood "doesn’t implicate Carly’s money or foundation."