- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Planned Parenthood’s political arm is targeting Ohio Sen. Rob Portman in a television ad highlighting congressional efforts to halt federal dollars to the organization.

The 30-second ad airing statewide attacks the Republican senator for supporting the effort and seeks to link him to a potential showdown over the organization’s funding next month. That’s when Congress returns from summer recess and considers legislation keeping government agencies open after their budgets expire Oct. 1.

Some conservatives see that as an opportunity to keep Planned Parenthood money out of those bills.

The ad released Tuesday cites the possibility of a government shutdown and asks what it could mean for Ohio.

Portman is up for re-election in 2016. His campaign called it a “false and misleading attack,” and said Portman wants to end shutdowns.

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