Susan B. Anthony List Gives $1.5 Million to Cuccinelli Campaign

Friday, 01 Mar 2013 10:28 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The Susan B. Anthony List has donated $1.5 million to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for governor, giving the Republican candidate the biggest financial commitment in the race so far.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Cuccinelli's efforts to protect women from violence at the University of Virginia and on his work against human trafficking, reports Politico.

Democrats, though, say support from an anti-abortion group like the Anthony List shows Cuccinelli's position on abortion and shows his views are too conservative for Virginia.

Democratic contender Terry McAuliffe’s campaign fired back at the endorsement in a fundraising email sent to supporters Thursday, asking for money to defeat Cuccinelli and his views on abortion and other women's issues.

“The Susan B. Anthony List — a radical anti-choice group — rewarded Ken Cuccinelli with $1.5 million in support because of his career-long history of standing between women and their doctors,” McAuliffe research director Emily Aden wrote in the email. “This is the same group that defended both Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after their offensive comments about rape.”

Planned Parenthood has also gotten involved in the race, launching a website, “Keep Ken Out” to target Cuccinelli on abortion and women's issues.

Anna Nix, spokeswoman for the Cuccinelli campaign, said the Democrats' focus on the Anthony List's endorsement shows they are out of touch with reality.

“If you don’t agree with their ultra liberal agenda,” she said of McAuliffe and his team, “then you must be attacked and defeated at all costs.”

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