Vulnerable Dem Rep Took Thousands From Groups Who Backed Defunding The Police

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Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from groups that seek to ‘Defund the Police,’ according to campaign finance data reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Davids, a former mixed martial artist and member of the Ho-Chunk Native American tribe, entered Congress in 2019 and is one of the few openly LGBTQ members of the chamber. In her most recent congressional campaign, Davids accepted $52,532 from various left-wing groups that have supported the defunding of federal law enforcement agencies and police departments across the United States, according to a review of campaign finance data published by the Federal Election Commission. (RELATED: Dem Who Wants To Ban Stock Trading For Members Of Congress Invests In Companies Lobbying For Green Energy Handout)

The largest series of such donations Davids received was $26,560 from the political action committee (PAC) Reproductive Freedom for All, formerly the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (NARAL). The group, which supports pro-abortion candidates, endorsed defunding the police in 2021.

“It’s past time to defund the police. After multiple failed attempts to change the culture of policing, it’s clear that police have not succeeded in reckoning with the generations of systemic racism, oppression, and state violence it has engaged in. We must continue to do better,” the group wrote on Twitter.

Davids’ campaign also received $20,972 from Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc., a left-wing 501(c)(4) organization that supports candidates primarily based on their commitment to abortion rights, in support of her 2022 re-election campaign. The fund, which is related to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., has called for the defunding of police.

“Planned Parenthood Action Fund supports efforts to defund and divest from the police because their continued militarization and brutal treatment of Black people runs counter to the values upheld and advanced by Planned Parenthood: caring for people’s bodies, lives, and futures,” the group wrote on its website, where they also reiterated their support for Black Lives Matter.

Davids, furthermore, received a $5,000 donation from Courage to Change PAC, which is affiliated with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a prominent left-wing representative in Congress. During the 2022 midterm elections, the PAC’s questionnaire for candidates to receive donations demanded that they commit “to reduce the annual budget for law enforcement and defense spending and shift those funds towards community resources and programs,” according to the questionnaire.

Davids has previously called for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement in 2018, according to the Associated Press, though she has since walked back her position.

Davids’ district, which shares a border with Kansas City, Missouri, currently has a rating of R+4 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index, indicating that its voters are more conservative. She is on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Target List” of districts where the GOP believes it can unseat a Democratic incumbent.

Davids did not respond to a request for comment.

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