Planned Parenthood Refuses $500,000 Donation by Author Tucker Max
Planned Parenthood refused a half a million donation from "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" author Tucker Max, who wanted to decrease his tax burden and decided to make a donation large enough for Planned Parenthood to name a clinic after him.
Tucker Max wanted to make a donation to Planned Parenthood large enough to get his name on a clinic. However, he has written about women in a controversial and degrading manner, has in the past made extremely offensive comments about Planned Parenthood and the women who seek health care there on his Twitter account. He tweeted in July 2011 that "Planned Parenthood would be cooler if it was a giant flight of stairs, w/someone pushing girls down, like a water park slide."
He was driving to Dallas from his home in Austin when Planned Parenthood called him to decline the donation. A Planned Parenthood spokesperson said the organization's gift policy speaks for itself. "We appreciate the generosity of our supporters, and take seriously our role as financial stewards of contributions, grants, and government funding," national spokesperson Tait Sye told The Huffington Post in a statement. "Like many nonprofits, Planned Parenthood reserves the right to decline offers of gifts and grants that may be discriminatory, are for purposes outside of our mission, or are too difficult to administer."
Planned Parenthood was concerned about being associated with someone with Max's reputation, and said the organization later admitted it had reservations about the way he writes about women. Max says he's always been pro-choice and decided to donate to the organization because, "They really did help me and my girlfriend when I was poor, I really do believe in their mission."
Many groups are choosy about where their money comes from, even if they’re needy. The Little League in Lennox, Calif., recently refused a $1,200 donation from a neighborhood strip club known for funding community events, citing a desire to keep its clean image.
However, critics are saying that Planned Parenthood could have accepted the donation and it would have been a "win" situation all around. Planned Parenthood could have kept another clinic open and kept helping women, and Max could have helped rebuild his reputation and got a tax deduction. Instead, Max's rep Ryan Holiday said he decided to distribute the $500,000 to different organizations that would gladly accept them.