You might have heard of this group, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, which is pushing the anti-abortion message to Latinos with billboards in Los Angeles. What are these people selling and why are they targeting Latinos? This is an interesting one, long but not boring, please read on.
What you may not have heard about this group is that, it’s funded by fuzzy hard core conservative monies, but you don’t know exactly how much or who’s funding it, and that this same group was involved in the Proposition 8 campaign in California, which excluded gays and lesbians from marriage. Here’s the skinny:
The ads set to be plastered in LA this week read “El lugar mas peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre/The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, 22 percent of abortions in performed in America are done on Latinos, making them 2.7 times more likely to abort than non-Hispanic whites.
The ad campaign is meant to kick off a pro-life event called “Unidos por la Vida” (United for Life) Sunday at the LA Sports Arena. The gathering will be sponsored by the pro-life Latino group Manto de Guadalupe.
Incidentally, everyone who is anyone who wants a conservative Latino vote is going to be at this event. Including wannabe Republican presidential nominee and current Texas governor and anti-Latino crusader, Rick Perry. So what’s up with this pro-life, anti-gay ultra-conservative Latino group?
They formed in 2010 ostensibly to push Republican Carly Fiorina for the Senate in California; the group is, as Politico reported, “a wing of the conservative not-for-profit American Principles Project.” And where do they get all this money and to what end? According to The Weekly Standard:
On Monday, February 16th at the National Press Club in D.C., the 10-month-old American Principles Project launched the “Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.” The American Principles Project, a group founded by Princeton’s Robert George to build a grassroots movement around conservative ideas, sponsored a panel today CPAC about the rise of Latino conservatism. According to the panelists, the Latino Partnership plans to take a politically active role in the 2010 elections and beyond in moving Latino voters to the right.
So what you get is one of the most conservative lobbying groups, Conservative Political Action Conference, funding a project that funds another project for Latinos, that then zeroes-in on anti-gay and anti-abortion causes. I think the idea here is to get us to feel like it’s a “values” thing, but when you follow the money (as much as you can given the fuzzy nature of finance laws now) you’ll see that it’s not really about values, but getting votes — your vote — but that part is not on the billboard.
What do you think of that?
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