Sandra Fluke rose to fame after advocating for Obamacare before members of Congress on the grounds that she couldn’t afford her own birth control. But just a few years later, she can afford a generous donation to her California State Senate campaign. That’s the scoop from a great piece written by Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner. Per Schow, Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and made $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. In addition, Fluke loaned her campaign $100,000.
Looking at the raw numbers, Fluke has outraised her opponent, Ben Allen. However, Fluke’s own contributions, along with donations from her wealthy in-laws, total 33 percent of her fundraising. Allen’s family and personal contributions, on the other hand, only make up 15 percent of his total donations. Schow breaks it down: “[i]f you remove family donations and loans, Allen has raised $330,141. Removing the same from Fluke and she’s only raised $278,859.01.”
So it seems that Fluke, a sworn combatant in the fictional War on Women, doesn’t have the broad political appeal she had anticipated. Go figure; she received a congratulatory call on her congressional testimony from no less than President Obama, an incredibly popular figure these days! But Ms. Fluke need not fret. She became a household name not simply for her testimony, but because Rush Limbaugh called her unkind names afterwards. And Limbaugh is at it again. Upon reading Schow’s report on Fluke’s campaign finances, Limbaugh wondered aloud as to how how a recent law school grad could afford such lofty donations:
Now, birth control costs about $10 a month and this woman went on a fake TV commercial begging all of us to pay for her monthly birth control because it was so expensive and it was so tough and so challenging for college students to afford. So I’m asking the same question the Washington Examiner asks — how does this happen? Just asking the question.
While most view the scrutiny of Schow, Limbaugh, and others as part of politics, Fluke and her supporters view it as just another front in the War on Women. It’s not hard to imagine that Fluke is hoping for a second Limbaugh bounce.