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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:00 PM

Ari Fleischer Secretly Helped Guide Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood

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Fleischer’s relationship with Komen and the Planned Parenthood controversy was previously undisclosed. Fleischer confirmed to ThinkProgress his recent role in filling key communications positions at Komen.
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According to a source, during at least one interview, Planned Parenthood was a major topic of conversation. Fleischer indicated that he had discussed the Planned Parenthood issue with Komen’s CEO, Nancy Brinker, and that she was at her wits end about how to proceed. Fleischer described himself as a longtime friend of Brinker.

Fleischer confirmed to ThinkProgress that he would receive a fee from Komen when the search is complete. Fleischer did not specify the amount of his fee but said it would be “substantially below the normal placement fee charged by executive search companies” because “they’re a charity I believe in.”

Fleischer’s high-level involvement with Komen further complicates its image as an apolitical cancer charity.


more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/03/418797/exclusive-ari-fleischer-komen-planned-parenthood/

Me: Heh. Bolsters the argument that this past week hasn't been just a clusterfuck, it has been an intentional clusterfuck.

edit: More detailed link to article.

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Reply Ari Fleischer Secretly Helped Guide Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood (Original post)
supernova Feb 2012 OP
Justice wanted Feb 2012 #1
xchrom Feb 2012 #2
southernyankeebelle Feb 2012 #3
jonthebru Feb 2012 #49
southernyankeebelle Feb 2012 #54
tridim Feb 2012 #4
deminks Feb 2012 #5
EFerrari Feb 2012 #35
grantcart Feb 2012 #6
SusanaMontana41 Feb 2012 #18
bleever Feb 2012 #53
Arugula Latte Feb 2012 #7
suegeo Feb 2012 #19
crunch60 Feb 2012 #61
babylonsister Feb 2012 #8
otohara Feb 2012 #32
The Backlash Cometh Feb 2012 #9
Post removed Feb 2012 #10
The Wizard Feb 2012 #11
saras Feb 2012 #12
TahitiNut Feb 2012 #13
Canuckistanian Feb 2012 #14
louslobbs Feb 2012 #15
BeyondGeography Feb 2012 #16
SusanaMontana41 Feb 2012 #17
Ruby the Liberal Feb 2012 #20
supernova Feb 2012 #21
Ruby the Liberal Feb 2012 #23
Smilo Feb 2012 #22
RUMMYisFROSTED Feb 2012 #24
Vanje Feb 2012 #25
LynneSin Feb 2012 #26
brooklynite Feb 2012 #27
BeHereNow Feb 2012 #28
Politicub Feb 2012 #29
BeHereNow Feb 2012 #30
niyad Feb 2012 #31
eyewall Feb 2012 #33
crunch60 Feb 2012 #60
carla Feb 2012 #34
marias23 Feb 2012 #36
olegramps Feb 2012 #37
denverbill Feb 2012 #38
katsy Feb 2012 #39
tanyev Feb 2012 #40
AlbertCat Feb 2012 #41
Paladin Feb 2012 #42
tabasco Feb 2012 #43
The Wizard Feb 2012 #44
tnvoter Feb 2012 #45
MADem Feb 2012 #46
itsrobert Feb 2012 #50
MADem Feb 2012 #51
Phlem Feb 2012 #47
October Feb 2012 #48
SoapBox Feb 2012 #52
bayareaboy Feb 2012 #55
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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:03 PM

1. Why am I not surprised?

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:06 PM

2. Feh! That just figures. Nt

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:14 PM

3. Why is this charity paying such high fees to higher employees? The money should be going

 

straight for funding womens issues.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:25 PM

49. Because they must hire...

the best fascists and corporatists money can buy!

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #49)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 03:07 PM

54. Awe I see. Screw the people who need to help with cancer. We must help the

 

wealthy keep their high paying jobs.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:14 PM

4. It's becoming more and more clear that Komen was involved in fraud, and not finding a cure.

IMO heads need to roll.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:21 PM

5. So, not only is Komen political, it's a Republican gravy train! nt

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Response to deminks (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 09:15 AM

35. I'm stealing this.

That's exactly what it is.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:26 PM

6. I personally think that Ari Fleischer is the stupidest executive to ever work in the White House.

But I am known for being generous in such formulations.

He may be the stupidest to have worked in the entire vicinity of Washington D.C.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:23 PM

18. Tough to pick just one when so many qualify for that label. n/t

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Response to grantcart (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 03:06 PM

53. "Oh Ari,

is there anything you can't fuck up?"

And please include in your magnanimity the people who hired this guy.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:29 PM

7. Heckuva job, Ari!

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:23 PM

19. Brownie you're doing a heck of a job

I'd like how much they paid him for his advice? And how many women that money could have otherwise helped...

Shows really bad judgment that when, Brinker is at her wit's end, she hired someone with fewer wits than herself. I know! I'll give the car keys to a former member of the Bush Administration. What could possibly go wrong?

Have I mentioned yet tonight how much I hate these people.

I'd also like to see the emails that show that Ari, Handel, and that Florida fascist congressman were pal-ling around to make this happen.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:33 AM

61. I"m happy

 

Ari and Handel arrived, whoa, such marketing skills! The good news is that Komen has finally been exposed, their Marketing extravaganza is over! Now for an investigation of Komen and the huge $$$ paid to their executives and other nefarious groups. watch the rats scurry. Pink Stinks!

Something else Brinker is good at.. suing Mom and Pop charities that use "The Cure" in any way.

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/06/susan-komen-cure-affects-cancer-nonprofits.html

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:41 PM

8. This seals it; no forgiveness from me. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:20 AM

32. Thumbs Up

 

I!m with you...these charities get so big and they begin to loose sight and it becomes all about power and corporate sponsors. The corporations start demanding more for their money. Especially the ones who sponsor an annual event.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:46 PM

9. That Ari is turning out to be one hell of a shit stirrer.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 07:56 PM

11. Loser

The bald warthog was behind Komen dumping Planned Parenthood. What the bald warthog failed to grasp is the power of social media. He still sees things through a 10 year old prism.
Ari's role in the Plame exposure was never fully disclosed. He should have been handed a blindfold and cigarette.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 08:16 PM

12. Nah, he didn't deserve the blindfold.Nor a clean execution. Maybe deportation to Syria

 

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 08:34 PM

13. No surprise that Arid Flyshit takes money from the coathanger crowd.


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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:10 PM

14. Aha!

The plot sickens.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:10 PM

15. K&R not surprised here either.

Lou

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:21 PM

16. The George W. Bush of PR

What a loser.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:22 PM

17. I'm shocked, SHOCKED to find gambling in this establishment! n/t

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:56 PM

21. Thanks, Ruby the Liberal

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Response to supernova (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:57 PM

23. Thank you. We have to be careful

just because Righthaven self-imploded doesn't mean copyright restrictions can't still bite Skinner & Co in the ass.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=copyright

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:56 PM

22. Ari boy - you have gone and done it again............

failed miserably.

Keep it up Ari.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 PM

24. Komen is dead.

Whoops.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:38 PM

25. It was BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great work!

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:46 PM

26. Wait - my donations are paying a fee to this FUCKWAD?

Why aren't they being used to help research breast cancer or help treat women.

does this asshole have to do with breast cancer other than to fuck over the poor

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:41 AM

27. I think the title is misleading...

Ari Fleischer isn't a public official anymore, and no organization is going to develop is policies in public. The fact that he was involved says something about his politics, but not really about his ethics.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:49 AM

28. A trip down memory lane: The Greatest Hits of Ari Fleischer

Courtesy of Democracy Now 2003 archives:
http://www.democracynow.org/2003/7/15/the_greatest_hits_of_ari_fleischer

A collage of his "best" moments... teaser of content...

"We’ll play clips of "Ari and I" as well as questioning by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas and questions from his last press conference on the Iraq-Niger controversy.

Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.
Russell Mokhiber questioning Ari Fleischer about whether he resigned for moral reasons. Recorded at White House press briefing, May 19, 2003.
Ari Fleischer, warning Americans to "watch what they say, watch what they do." Recorded at White House press briefing, Sept. 26, 2001.
Ari Fleischer defending the Bush administration’s use of intelligence on Iraq. Recorded at White House press briefing, July 14, 2003.
Helen Thomas questioning Ari Fleischer on how much President Bush values the lives of Iraqi children. Recorded at White House press briefing, January 6, 2003."

Deliciously revealing~ WHAT a SCUM!
Helen Thomas at her best too!
ENJOY!

BHN

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:02 AM

29. I'm glad the Komen Foundation revealed its true self

I didn't know that much about it, honestly.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:09 AM

30. And the best part is...

They can never take it back.
The damage is irreversible.
They are officially irrelevant.
BHN

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:41 AM

31. wow, ties with romney, scalia, and now fleischer. why am I not surprised?

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:41 AM

33. There definitely needs to be an investigation now.

Non-profits have to follow some very strict rules. How much of the money SGKF received from donors was spent plotting this political maneuver, and what is in it for them? Cabinet posts under the next republican administration? Was any of the money funneled to the RNC or any campaigns?

I don't think Planned Parenthood is a target of the republicans for any kind of religious beliefs, I think it's because they help the poor. Plus, birth control enables a pleasurable experience for those who should be suffering in the world the repubs are creating. There's a strong sadistic streak in the republican platform.

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Response to eyewall (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:05 AM

60. they targeted

 

Planned Parenthood because 3% of their services include abortion-reproductive rights. Handel, Fleischer, are rabid anti-abortion, pro-lifers. Then Cliff Stearns came up with the idea to conduct an "investigation" of PP. That gave Komen the excuse they were looking for to de-fund PP. The right wingers have been infiltrating Komen for several years. I hate PINK!

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 08:30 AM

34. Reminds me of the old joke

about the various organs in a body fighting for dominance. The asshole wins...A..hole Fleischer.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 09:46 AM

36. A loser just like his ex-boss

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 11:12 AM

37. Everything the Republicans touch turns into cesspool.

I hope this shit hole foundation sinks into oblivion.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 11:36 AM

38. Notice how 'charitable' Ari is. He didn't charge them full price. How generous of him.

Leave it to Republickers to line their pockets off of charities.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:11 PM

39. everything ari touches turns to poop. nt

Arrogant fool.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:29 PM

40. Hey, Ari, next time watch what you say, watch what you do.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:30 PM

41. she was at her wits end about how to proceed.

 

How so?

Was she confused about the charity's mission: to save women from breast cancer?


Or was she confused about how to persecute Planned Parenthood?



Either way.... new leadership is obviously needed.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:09 PM

42. Jeez---is there a right-wing shithead who WASN'T connected with Komen? (n/t)

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:25 PM

43. I wonder what Mr. Fleischer's future projects could include.

 

Maybe we could get him installed as head of Iran's nuclear program, stop worrying, and wait for the mushroom cloud in the Iranian desert.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:30 PM

44. Ari's next job

might be a cheer leader at a burning orphanage or hospice.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:36 PM

45. the PR on this was horrible.

it's fitting that the guy behind it is Ari Fleischer. I'm laughing so hard, it hurts

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:37 PM

46. I heard only TWENTY FOUR CENTS of every "Komen dollar" actually goes to "services" for women.

The rest is "overhead." Talk about a ripoff. Less than a fucking QUARTER of every dollar to the people who need the help--that's egregious.

This sentence cracked me up:

Fleischer did not specify the amount of his fee but said it would be “substantially below the normal placement fee charged by executive search companies” because “they’re a charity I believe in.”

No matter what that asshole's "fee" was, he was plainly OVERPAID! There's no walking back this pile of shit. They've revealed themselves as an agenda-laden, front operation for the right wing of the GOP. Pigs. No, I take that back--what an unfair slur against innocent pigs!

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Response to MADem (Reply #46)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:37 PM

50. A lot of charties are scams

But they are not as much as scams as churches.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #50)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:38 PM

51. You can't get a mammogram in church, either.

And if the pastor claims he's giving you one, call the cops!

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 01:45 PM

47. Facinating

They paid for their own demise.

HA!

-p

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:11 PM

48. So he describes himself as a friend to Brinker, then says he'll be paid a fee for his consult. WTF?

"The Stink of Pink!" ©

lol! Unbelievable. No wonder there are seas of pink - a la Cristo - in the NFL stadiums, etc. It's all about profiteering. I feel sick.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 02:38 PM

52. Fleischer = Scum

...'nuff for now.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 03:16 PM

55. Hi there, My name is Ari ... ...


and step by step, half truth by lies to the extreme, I am back in republiCANT politics. Looking for real work was really tough.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 04:01 PM

56. It's Not About Abortion

It's about power. These "politicians" don't give a rats ass about abortions. The just want to impress the christofascists so they pretend to give a crap.

It' all about power. If they wanted to end abortions it would be pretty easy. Give women that get pregnant options besides grinding poverty..... They don't want the kid because they can't even scrape a living without one.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 11:25 PM

57. Under the guidence of Karl Rove no doubt n/t

 

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 04:04 PM

58. What this article shows to me..

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation knew what they were unleashing with trying to break off their relationship with Planned Parenthood. What is unfathomable is that Nancy Brinker thought she could blatantly lie about it, and feel this would make all things better or the outrage would die down.

The Komen Foundation would had lessen the firestorm a little bit, if they were at least honest that they didn’t want to fund Planned Parenthood. Another problem is that they don’t have an alternative to Planned Parenthood, that is as successful, as using the grants money in the best coverage possible, and helping with early screening and detection of breast cancer for those at the highest risks, poor and uninsured women.

This is far from the Foundation’s first sin. They have been intruded in many areas, which have nothing to do with breast cancer research, with lobbying against health care reform as the most egregious. Their stance toward environmental factors is as obtuse and disingenuous as their lies about cutting off grants to Planned Parenthood.


Here is some free PR advice to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Fire Nancy Brinker, Fire Karen Handel, the board resigns, and a new head, who has a background in Public Health and oncology, along with a board that has specialities in oncology, public health, and a clear intent, not only to find help fight breast cancer, but aim should be to lower breast cancer rates for women, instead of a board that is basically a board of friends of Nancy and probably a captured board. Cut back funding on your 501 (c) 4, restore funding to medical facilities that do Stem Cell Research, fund grants that used stem cell research in the study of cancer.

It is a healthcare foundation, not an opaque political lobbying group as a front as a Healthcare Foundation. These antics have been going on for at least 12 years, and the latest actions was probably the final straw.

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

59. Ari traffic control...

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Response to supernova (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 10:42 PM

62. Feb 6th: UPDATE: Ari Fleischer admits he personally advised Komen CEO on Planned Parenthood


@thinkprogress ThinkProgress
UPDATE: Ari Fleischer admits he personally advised Komen CEO on Planned Parenthood http://t.co/HLdQEwHj #icymi
https://twitter.com/thinkprogress/status/166695196388634624

Read all the details here:
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/06/419680/ari-fleischer-admits-he-personally-advised-komen-ceo-on-planned-parenthood/

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