CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Republican Bob Latta's NW Ohio campaign to claim the vacant OH-05 congressional seat in a Dec. 11 special election has been endorsed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, which bundles political donations from across the nation for its approved slate. The 501c organization has been described as a conservative counter to EMILY's List, which backs Democrats. U.S. Rep Jean Schmidt also is being backed by the Susan B. Anthony List, a key endorsement that may help her raise money for the March GOP primary contest against challenger Phil Heimlich. She had the group's support in 2006 as well.
In July, the PAC had about $110,000 on hand to spend on the 2008 campaign. It claims about 140,000 members across the U.S. and bundles donations for candidates. The PAC's goal is to elect pro-life women to Congress, but it will support men if they are facing a Democratic candidate who supports a woman's right to choose an abortion. Marjorie Dannensfelser, who heads the group, called Latta and Schmidt pro-life "heroes" who need money immediately for their races in Ohio.
"Susan B. Anthony List members are eager to support pro-life heroes when they need it most -- right now. The consequences of disengagement are dire. The lives of women and their unborn babies are on the line, and the Susan B. Anthony List candidate fund is ready to defend them at the ballot box."