The grant report said funding for lobbying activities through 501c4 organizations is "much harder to come by" so the Open Society Policy Center is "uniquely situated" to provide "critical resources Planned Parenthood will have a hard time finding anywhere else."
The grant was planned to fund lobbying of legislators as well as paid and earned media, and other activities. Planned Parenthood Action Fund was running targeted television ads in key districts to rally voters.
"Working with top crisis communications consultants, Planned Parenthood is conducting national and state media outreach to both expose the true agenda of its opponents and transform the narrative surrounding these attacks, including forensic analysis of doctored tapes," the document says.
Daleiden has rejected charges the Center for Medical Progress committed fraud in its investigations and reports.
"All of those claims from Planned Parenthood have been completely discredited at this point," he told CNA. "There's no deceptive editing in the videos. In fact the full footage of the videos has been available for over a year now for anyone who wants to watch to see it."
Daleiden pointed to the work of the Select Investigative Panel of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.
"They're confirming that Planned Parenthood absolutely profited off of the sale of fetal body parts, which was a state and federal crime," he said, suggesting the panel has found even deeper problems.
The journalist also thought the abortion provider's reaction campaign had reached the limit of its effectiveness.
"There's not really much else that Planned Parenthood or their allies or their many business partners in this area can do to erase history or rewrite history at this point. We live in a digital age. You can't just shred documents or delete e-mails… they still end up popping up one way or another."
He pointed to another leaked document apparently prepared for the Oct. 1-2, 2015 board meeting for the Open Society U.S. Program. It referred to the videos as one of the attacks "that have upended Planned Parenthood." The Center for Medical Progress investigations will have long-term consequences involving "the substantial eroding of Planned Parenthood's credibility and reputation," the board meeting book said.
Daleiden said the $1.5 million grant report shows that Planned Parenthood particularly feared congressional investigation, which echoed what multiple Planned Parenthood leaders told him when he was undercover.
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The grant proposal noted Planned Parenthood's response campaign would increase security at its clinics and support its legal defense through the prominent law firm O'Melveny & Myers. Its concern for federal and state investigations particularly noted the state of Texas.
Daleiden suggested the document's focus on Texas may be due to the presence of one of the abortion providers' biggest and wealthiest affiliates, the Houston-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. He said the affiliate was particularly implicated in his reports and had been selling baby parts for 10 years.
In January, a Houston grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of accusations, while indicting Daleiden for a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase fetal tissue from the abortion clinic in Houston and a felony charge for using false identification to access the Houston clinic. The charges against Daleiden were dropped in June and July.
Daleiden suspected collusion between Planned Parenthood and legal authorities.
"Planned Parenthood really pulled out all the stops in the state of Texas and I think we know why now because of this leak," he said. "This leaked memo shows that that was one of the states that they were absolutely concerned about."
For Daleiden, journalistic investigations done correctly can overcome even well-funded campaigns.