Donation of the Day: Lemony Snicket Gives $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is having a day.

Sept. 29 saw Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood testify in front of a House Oversight committee to respond to those video tapes.

In response, young adult author Daniel Handler, more popularly known as Lemony Snicket tweeted out that him and his wife would donate heavily to the cause.

Handler is most known for writing the children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Planned Parenthood was very appreciative.

As The New York Times reported, it's been a bit of a circus on Captiol Hill.

In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the president, Cecile Richards, faced off against conservative lawmakers who are seeking to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood after videos released by anti-abortion activists purported to show officials from the health group trying to sell fetal tissue. It was her first appearance before Congress since the issue exploded in July.

The appearance by Ms. Richards before the House committee underscored a broader fight between the parties over Planned Parenthood as the clock ticks on a government shutdown that will begin on Thursday if a stopgap spending bill cannot be passed. While the funding fight is ostensibly about abortion and fetal tissue, the subtext is politics: Republicans perceive Planned Parenthood as a well-oiled, well-funded machine promoting Democratic candidates.

Tuesday's hearing quickly became contentious as Republican lawmakers assailed the organization as more a political advocacy organization that wastes federal money than a health care group that deserves to receive taxpayer dollars.

It's certainly provided some notable bits already.

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