By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The President’s choice for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), pro-abortion Catholic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, has been caught trying to hide the truth about campaign donations she received from America’s most notorious late-term abortionist, George Tiller.
According to a report by OneNewsNow.com, in her written responses to questions from the Senate Finance Committee about her dealings with George Tiller, Gov. Sebelius was specifically asked about these transactions.
“Can you describe your relationship with Mr. Tiller?” she was asked. “Has he ever contributed to your campaign or has your PAC ever received money from Mr. Tiller or a PAC related to Mr. Tiller?”
Gov. Sebelius responded: “I have been familiar with Dr. Tiller for many years because he lives and works in Kansas. Dr. Tiller, like many Kansans, contributed to my campaign for insurance commissioner. I received $12,450 over an eight-year period (1994-2001), which represented one percent of my total contributions during that time. Since that time, I have received no donations from Dr. Tiller or any PAC related to him.”
However, the pro-life group Operation Rescue circulated campaign finance documents showing that Tiller also contributed $10,000 to Sebelius’ Bluestem Fund PAC in September 2000, and his clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, contributed $8,000 to the PAC in December 2001 and another $5,000 in March 2002. These records were reviewed Monday by the Associated Press and their accuracy was verified by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.
Nick Papas, a spokesman for the HHS, dismissed the omission as an “oversight.”
“There was an oversight in the initial answer provided to the committee,” he said. “Obviously donations to the PAC are a matter of public record. The governor is updating the answer to this question and will resubmit it to the committee.”
This is the second time in her confirmation process that Sebelius had to explain a financial oversight to the Finance Committee. Earlier, she corrected three years’ worth of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes to fix improper deductions.
The Finance Committee is expected to vote this month on whether to forward the Sebelius’ nomination to the full Senate. At the present time, there is no indication that these “oversights” will delay the process.
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