by Valerie Jane and Jill Stanek
Usually MSM is all over any story having to do with shady financial shenigans within a large corporation. Enron anyone?
But when it’s Planned Parenthood, MSM’s eyes avert.
In this case, national PP shut down its FL Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward Counties affiliate about 2-1/2 weeks ago, according to the March 21 Sun Sentinel.
This meant closing 5 clinics in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Oakland Park, Pembroke Pines, and Tamarac to make “necessary service upgrades,” quoting a PP prepared statement provided to the SS.
But former board members and a worker who has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit told SS of deeper problems…
… of the pressured resignation of the affiliate’s CEO, of “concerns about management and about the financial stability,” of the affiliate’s resistance to merge with the Orlando or West Palm Beach affiliate, of “allegations… that money may be unaccounted for,” of “concerns over the proper documentation of medical procedures,” and of “undisciplined spending and poor decision making.”
PP’s VP of operations and affiliate relations, Karen Ruffatto, responded in her statement that “[t]he federation has no knowledge of unaccounted money at the agency,” the proposed merger was “not unusual,” the examination of the affiliates finances was “routine,” and any “problems were being addressed.”
What “problems”? For how long? Former board members said they complained to national PP about smelly books for 18+ months with no response.
This affiliate has a $3.9 million annual budget, according to SS, including $441,000 in government funding.
This is apparently the end of the story as far as MSM is concerned, a big business financial problem being internally handled, something MSM would never walk away from if any other big business.
Also of note, PP only self-ceases operations when its own pocketbook is threatened, never for charges of racist fund-raising, bilking taxpayers, or creating false front companies and building mega-mills under false pretenses.