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New Hurdle for Sebelius Nomination for HHS Secretary

Another money-related hurdle has been placed in Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ quest to become a part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as head of Health and Human Services.

This time the flap is over campaign contributions, not taxes. Sebelius admitted in a written statement to members of the Senate Finance Committee that she accepted $12,450 between 1994 and 2001 from Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers.

What Governor Sebelius failed to add was that Tiller also contributed $10,000 to her Bluestem Fund Political Action Committee in September 2000 and his clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, contributed $8,000 to the PAC in December 2001 nd another $5,000 in March 2002.

The anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue, opposes Sebelius’ nomination. Despite the Governor’s campaign contribution omissions, it should not delay the proceedings. Her nomination is still expected to go to the full Senate for a vote sometime this month.

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