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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 6, 2020

AARP didn’t endorse Biden, donate to Planned Parenthood

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  • AARP is a nonpartisan organization that lobbies on behalf of its members, who are 50 or older. It does not endorse political candidates. 
     
  • The organization says it has never funded Planned Parenthood, and we found no evidence to contradict that.

 

AARP is a nonpartisan organization that lobbies on behalf of Americans who are 50 and older, but this campaign cycle has seen several efforts to cast the nonprofit as a champion of the Democratic Party and progressive causes.  

"AARP endorses Biden and gives financial support to Planned Parenthood," a recent post says. "Your member $$ are used for this support."

It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

We’ve previously fact-checked two other social media posts about AARP. Claims that a portion of member dues goes directly to the Democratic Party and that the organization backed "federal funding for Planned Parenthood" are both False.

This new claim is also wrong. 

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Jason Young, a spokesperson for AARP, told us that the organization hasn’t endorsed any candidate in the presidential election. 

In fact, AARP has a policy against endorsing or appearing to endorse political parties, government officials or candidates for office. AARP’s board of directors, state presidents, state directors and others associated with the organization also are forbidden to participate in any public political or partisan activity that could be construed as an AARP endorsement. That includes circulating petitions or putting a candidate’s bumper sticker on their car.  

Young also told us that AARP doesn’t fund — and has never funded — Planned Parenthood. He shared a 2018 letter from the director of AARP Minnesota to a volunteer who had been confronted by people at an event who thought AARP supports Planned Parenthood financially. 

"I want to ensure you — and I encourage you to share this letter as necessary — that AARP does not fund and has not funded Planned Parenthood," the letter says. 

We reviewed AARP’s most recent IRS filing — for 2018, filed in November 2019 — that details money it contributed to other organizations. Planned Parenthood was not among them. We also reviewed the five previous years and saw no such contributions. 

We rate this Facebook post False.

 

Our Sources

Facebook post, Sept. 28, 2020

PolitiFact, No, AARP isn’t sending money to the Democratic Party, Sept. 18, 2020

PolitiFact, Online ads claiming AARP backed federal funding for Planned Parenthood are wrong, Oct. 22, 2019

AARP, AARP’s policy on political or partisan activity, Sept. 14, 2016

AARP Form 990, 2018

AARP’s Form 990, 2017

AARP’s Form 990, 2016

AARP’s Form 990, 2015

AARP’s Form 990, 2014

ProPublica, AARP nonprofit explorer, visited Oct. 6, 2020

AARP state director letter to volunteer, May 24, 2018

 

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