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August 10, 2015

Jeb Bush Scrutinized for Link to Bloomberg Philanthropy

GOP presidential contender and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is drawing scrutiny for his time spent as a Bloomberg Family Foundation director, during which the philanthropy partnered with Planned Parenthood on a $50-million global family planning initiative, Politico reports.

Mr. Bush said he served on the foundation's board because he shared Mr. Bloomberg's commitment to education reform and that he never had the opportunity to vote on budget line items. During the first GOP debate on Thursday, Mr. Bush maintained that he holds firmly pro-life values and that he had cut off state funds to Planned Parenthood while serving as governor.

Some of the foundation's other investments, including $50 million for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, may also be unpopular among some conservative voters, the report notes.

In recent weeks, the women's health nonprofit has been under fire after videos were released alleging that the group profits from sales of aborted fetal parts, a charge the charity denies.