Give Senator Don Benton this: He is an asshole. No, give him this: He was able to get a non-story into the news. Anyway start with his Christmas Eve press release
Senator Don Benton of Vancouver said he wants an audit of Planned Parenthood following accusations of fraudulent Medicaid billing.
Oh gosh. That sounds serious. “Accusations” must be a government office. What it couldn’t be — because it would be embarrassing even to the credibility challenged GOP — is a random group with the fake grassrootsiest name in the history of organizations.
He called for the investigation after a group called The Alliance Defending Freedom accused Planned Parenthood of over-billing Medicaid and the state of Washington at least 50,000 times, costing the state $337 million.
Oh. I’m not including Benton’s link to it here, but he links to the group, who are doing some year end fundraising. He doesn’t link to the “accusation” just to their
front page fundraising page.* I just looked around the page, but this ostensible millions of dollars in fraud, this supposed bombshell, this major revelation of fraud, wasn’t easy to find. I’m sure it’s on their website, somewhere, but it wasn’t obvious to me. There is a lot of complaining about the war on Christmas, so there’s that.
So a group nobody has ever heard of makes inflammatory accusations, and they’re repeated by Senator Benton who demands an audit. This is a Senator who is so concerned with the public money that he took a make work job for his off time (Columbian link), so you know he’s serious.
Anyway, the press release ends with a link to what looks like a real news org picking it up. Jesus, your liberal media.
* Late update here: the url linked to from Bentin contains this, “year-end-gift” so let’s say I’m less sure it was supposed to be the front page. Maybe that was an accident. I’d initially thought that I was just redirected, like when you go to like 80% of political web pages for the first time. I assume whatever staffer would normally do their web stuff isn’t in on Christmas Eve, so maybe it was an honest mistake, but mistake or not it feels like a misuse of public funds to link to that from the GOP Caucus page.