The main problem with big donors is the potential for financial incentives to corrupt the judgment of elected officials to do the right thing.
This becomes even more important when big-dollar donations are given by organizations whose interests conflict with their party’s official position on contentious issues of the day.
So what happens when those big donors are helping chemically castrate little boys who think they are girls? Or offering puberty blockers that will render them sterile?
Should the politicians getting funding from those people have their decisions all the more closely scrutinized? Of course they should.
UT Southwestern Medical Center hosts the Gender Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS) program, which is the “first and largest program in the southwest that provides multidisciplinary care to transgender children and adolescents.” While the program does not offer surgery to children, it does offer a number of so-called “treatments” that may amount to chemical castration, including hormone therapy, menstruation suppression, and puberty suppression.
…Campaign finance records show that the Friends of UT Southwestern Center, also known as FOMCPAC, handed out well over $250,000 in total to a number of top Texas politicians who were recently involved in shutting down multiple pieces of legislation that would have prevented hormone treatment and surgery from being provided to supposed transgender children in the state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who National File has been told led the charges against the bills designed to protect children, received $85,000 from the transgender clinic PAC since 2015. His Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick, received the lion’s share from FOMCPAC however, taking over $120,000 since 2015. Newly-elected House Speaker Dade Phelan was given $50,000 in the 2020 cycle by the clinic’s PAC. Similarly, Rep. Stephanie Klick, who was in a position to block these bills in her role as the Chair of the House Health Committee, received $4,000 from FOMCPAC since 2015.
According to Tracy Shannon, the Director of the Texas Mass Resistance activist group, Phelan’s decision to declare a recess yesterday effectively kills S.B. 1311’s chances of passing. S.B. 1311 would have stripped liability insurance for doctors who engage in transgender surgeries or chemical castrations for kids. —NationalFile
They are making a decision to put their donors ahead of the concerns of children too young to consent to a tattoo, a contract, or (tellingly) a medical procedure.
These Republicans have chosen to back the people that backed them — even if that means turning their backs on the voters.
Maybe it’s time voters made their voices heard and let them know exactly what they will do if they insist on supporting this crap.