Rush Limbaugh inadvertently donated to an abortion fund

How one Texas woman used the conservative host's "blood money" to fund abortions

Published September 24, 2014 2:32PM (EDT)

Rush Limbaugh                                                               (Jeff Malet,
Rush Limbaugh (Jeff Malet,

Rush Limbaugh once donated a sizable chunk of change to a Texas abortion fund, but he probably had no idea.

That's because the conservative radio host became the beneficiary of the Texas Equal Access Fund, which provides financial assistance for low-income women, only with the help of a Dallas-based author named Merritt Tierce, according to the Dallas Morning News. Between 2005 and 2011, Tierce served Limbaugh (and his guest, NBC sportscaster Al Michaels) at the local steakhouse where she worked. The host reportedly left extraordinarily generous tips for Tierce both times -- $2,000 on each occasion! -- but the writer didn't feel that she could keep the money in good conscience.

"That was like blood money to me," Tierce said.

And so, being active in the reproductive justice movement, Tierce did the only thing that made sense to her: She donated a significant portion of the money to the TEA Fund, where she also worked as executive director. “It felt like laundering the money in a good way,” Tierce said. “He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person. It was really bizarre to me that he gave me $2,000, and he’s evil incarnate in some ways.”

Clearly, Limbaugh meant to benefit one woman with his $4,000 total tip -- this way, he likely benefitted several more.

(h/t Raw Story)


By Jenny Kutner

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