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Wendy Davis numbers expected to confirm: Abortion is a moneymaker for politicians

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Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for governor in Texas, is expected to report close to $10 million for the second half of 2013, Texas media is reporting.

This is a bit surprising if you think of her as a state senator, but it's not surprising when you consider that her candidacy started with a furious defense of late-term abortion and special regulatory laxness for abortionists.

The abortion lobby lies at the heart of the Democratic fundraising machine. President Obama's biggest fundraisers in Texas include Cecile Richards and Naomi Aberly, both of whom are at the upper echelons of Planned Parenthood, which leads the nation in abortions.

When we get Davis's numbers this week, expect to see some journalists surprised at Davis's haul. They shouldn't be. Championing legal abortion is generally profitable for candidates.

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