From “Karen Handel book: Karl Rove urged retreat on Planned Parenthood,” Kathryn Smith and David Nather, Politico:
A tell-all book by a former official at Susan G. Komen for the Cure alleges that Karl Rove told the charity to reverse its decision to end its cancer screening funding of Planned Parenthood — raising eyebrows among conservatives who wanted Komen to stand firm amid the uproar.
The book by Karen Handel, the former Komen vice president who resigned after the charity restored funding to Planned Parenthood, says Komen CEO Nancy Brinker told her that Rove said the organization should back down.
The book, “Planned Bullyhood,” went on sale Tuesday, and the Rove story is already provoking comments from conservatives who have been skeptical of Rove in the past.
Rove wisely wanted the GOP to focus on the economy in the 2012 presidential election and not get bogged down in social issues, driving women away, especially white suburban women who helped elect Bush 43 twice.
Now the focus is on Komen’s founder and current head, Nancy Brinker.* While she had a full-time job with the federal government between 2007 and 2009, as the State Department’s Chief of Protocol (appointed by Bush 43), she billed Komen $133,507. Rick Cohen, an analyst of nonprofit management, says this is highly unusual.
Brinker, who is independently wealthy, also flies first-class and stays in five-star hotels at the charity’s expense. Again, Cohen says this is unusual: “For most nonprofits, they wouldn’t think of first-class travel. There is the issue of perception.” If she’s used to this lifestyle, she could bill Komen for coach and standard hotels and pay the difference herself.
There is also Brinker’s mean-spirited attitude in taking legal action against other charities who use the phrase “for the cure.” She has gone after a lung-cancer group that does Kites for the Cure and a group called Mush for the Cure, which does dog sled events. These are much smaller charities than Komen, so Komen looks like a bully. This doesn’t seem like a good use of donors’ money.