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Tom Kertscher
By Tom Kertscher September 4, 2020

Despite Collins’ claim, Loeffler has donated much more to Republicans than Dems

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  • Since 2006, of the more than $2 million in political contributions made by Loeffler, $16,600 has gone to Democrats or liberal causes, the rest to Republicans and conservative causes.

  • The relatively little money Loeffler has given to Democrats doesn’t prove a connection to supporting abortion rights.

  • Loeffler has been endorsed in the Nov. 3 special Senate election by the National Right to Life Committee and other anti-abortion groups.

     

In a special Senate election that features two prominent Georgia Republicans, Rep. Doug Collins claimed in a tweet that Sen. Kelly Loeffler has a "long history of donating to abortion-on-demand Democrats."

Collins has a point. Over a period of years, Loeffler has made campaign contributions to Democrats who support abortion rights. 

But the vast majority of her campaign cash has been given to Republicans, and she has been endorsed by major anti-abortion groups.

Their race is one of 18 pivotal House and Senate contests up for election on Nov. 3 that PolitiFact is tracking. 

The special election — open to candidates from all parties, including the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the leading Democratic candidate — is being held to fill the seat held by Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned in December with health problems. Loeffler was appointed to the seat on an interim basis. 

Georgia is unique in this cycle in that both of its Senate seats are being contested on Nov. 3. If none of the 21 candidates in the special election gets at least 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held Jan. 5. 

Georgia’s other Senate contest pits Republican incumbent David Perdue against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Loeffler’s donations to Democrats

To some, the term "abortion on demand" might suggest abortion at any time under any circumstances; but the common definition is much different. 

Collins’ campaign cited three dictionary definitions of abortion on demand. Each says: 

  • "The right of a woman to have an abortion during the first six months of a pregnancy.

  • "An abortion performed on a woman solely at her own request."

To back Collins’ claim, his campaign cited campaign contributions Loeffler made herself as well as contributions from the political action committee of the company Intercontinental Exchange, where her husband, Jeff Sprecher, is CEO. ICE is the publicly traded parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.

Collins’ campaign cited Federal Election Commission records showing a total of $13,100 in donations made by Loeffler nine or more years ago — from 2006 to 2011 — to congressional campaigns for six Democrats, all of whom support abortion rights. 

We found that each of the Democrats had received high ratings from NARAL (formerly the National Abortion Rights Action League) Pro-Choice America.

Collins also cited $69,000 in donations made from 2011 to 2019, but not by Loeffler herself. They were made by the political action committee for her husband’s company, Intercontinental Exchange, to five Democrats who support abortion rights. 

There is no indication, however, that these donations were made because of the individual lawmakers’ stances on abortion. 

Loeffler gives more to Republicans

Loeffler’s campaign responded by claiming that nearly 99% of nearly $2 million in political contributions made by Loeffler have gone to anti-abortion candidates. 

The data does indicate the vast majority of Loeffler’s contributions have been to Republicans:

  • Since 2006, of the more than $2 million in political contributions made by Loeffler, $16,600 has gone to Democrats or liberal causes, according to data the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics provided PolitiFact.

  • Of the $3.2 million Loeffler and her husband have given to political committees, less than 3% went to Democratic candidates and causes, the center reported in December.

Moreover, Loeffler can point to anti-abortion credentials.

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in December chose Loeffler over Collins, who had been recommended by President Donald Trump, to replace Isakson. Kemp said Loeffler would "defend life against the radical left's abortion-on-demand agenda."

Loeffler also has been endorsed in the special election by the National Right to Life Committee and other anti-abortion groups.

Our ruling

Collins claimed his fellow Republican Loeffler has a "long history of donating to abortion-on-demand Democrats."

From 2006 to 2011, Loeffler personally gave a total of $13,100 in campaign donations to six Democrats who support abortion rights. The political action committee of her husband’s company has also donated to a handful of Democrats more recently, but these contributions did not come from Loeffler.

Overall, only a tiny fraction of the campaign contributions made by Loeffler have gone to Democrats, and she has won endorsements from major anti-abortion groups.

We rate Collins’ claim Mostly False.

Our Sources

Twitter, Doug Collins tweet, Aug. 29, 2020

Email, Doug Collins campaign spokesman Dan McLagan, Sept. 2, 2020

Email, Stephen Lawson, Kelly Loeffler campaign communications director, Sept. 2, 2020

Email, Alex Baumgart, individual contributions researcher, Center for Responsive Politics, Sept. 3, 2020

Federal Election Commission, Kelly Loeffler contributions as listed

Kelly Loeffler campaign, National Right to Life endorsement, May 5, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp, Kelly Loeffler appointment, Dec. 4, 2020

Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Georgia Senate: Anti-abortion group backs Loeffler’s bid," May 5, 2020

Fox News, "Georgia's Kelly Loeffler and her husband have donated to Republican and Democratic candidates," Dec. 4, 2019

TheRealKellyLoeffler.com, "Loeffler’s (not-so-distant) Pro-Abortion Past," accessed Sept. 3, 2020

Center for Responsive Politics, Kelly Loeffler of Atlanta, Ga., donations, accessed Sept. 3, 2020

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