Has Bank of America been funding Planned Parenthood? A conservative activist says yes – and a conservative watchdog for corporate activism has the numbers to prove it.
"Bank of America has consistently claimed that they only donate to Planned Parenthood through an employee matching program," says Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research, who went to the Bank of America shareholder meeting Wednesday. "They say they do not discriminate, and that when an employee makes a donation to an eligible non-profit, they match that donation."
That, says Danhof, is not entirely true.
According to 2nd Vote, Planned Parenthood organizations received more than $50,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in 2017. That number was compiled using information from the foundation's IRS Form 990s, which show contributions to 40 different Planned Parenthood affiliates.
"We found out through some great research by the folks at 2nd Vote, a Tennessee-based organization that does corporate research, that in fact when Planned Parenthood threw its centennial gala in New York City in 2017, one of the top corporate sponsors of that gala was none other than Bank of America," he points out.
It happened again in 2018 when Planned Parenthood threw a regular gala in New York City.
"So I first asked if the policy was correct, if they only donated through the charitable matching program, through their employees," says Danhof about the shareholder meeting. "Interestingly enough, the CEO refused to answer anything about the issue and dumped it off to the head of Environment, Social and Governance issues, a man by the name of Andrew Plepler."
According to Danhof, Plepler started talking about matching an employee's donation.
"When I went to follow up and I said, 'No, sir, you're not telling the whole truth, I actually have documentation here, I brought it with me, that shows you guys funded Planned Parenthood's galas over the last couple of years,'" Danhof continues, "the executives cut me off. The CEO accused me of not telling the truth."
Danhof later had a private meeting with Plepler and was told that Plepler had no idea that Bank of America was sponsoring Planned Parenthood events. Danhof doubts that claim.
Bank of America did not respond to OneNewsNow's request for comment.