By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
Should be no surprise here – Planned Parenthood, currently under fire for its role in allegedly fostering the sale of body parts through abortion, is taking heat for what some lawmakers see as a gross misuse of its resources. According to a report recently issued by Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee, Planned Parenthood spends a great deal of its money on decidedly non-health care related expenses, including expensive parties, top-shelf travel, and enormous salaries. Speaking to Fox News, Chaffetz said, “If they're going to pay those people that much money and pay for first-class travel and have all of these exorbitant parties, and send money overseas, then they don't need funding from the American taxpayers.”
Referring to information gleaned from tax returns, the report outlined expenses such as roughly $5.1 million spent on travel in 2013, which comes out to around $14,000 per day…and that doesn’t include the money spent on travel by PP affiliates, which accounts for additional hundreds of thousands of dollars. The report further outlined other exorbitant expenses, like the over $600,000 spent on parties in 2012 and 2013, as well as the fact that over 40 company execs earned over $200,000 per year between 2009 and 2013; on that note, in response to recent questioning by Chaffetz during a recent hearing, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted to an annual salary of $520,000.
The hearing and Chaffetz’s report come in the midst of an overall inquiry into the actions of Planned Parenthood, on the basis of a series of undercover videos that suggest the organization’s complicity in the harvesting of fetal body parts.