FEC filings reveal that Paul Ryan's Prosperity PAC made a payment of $5,000 on June 26 to Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate under fire for comments Tuesday night that pregnancy from rape is "something God intended."
In response to a question in the Indiana debate about abortion in cases of rape and incest, Mourdock said in full: ‘‘I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Since Tuesday night, Republicans affiliated with Mourdock have distanced themselves from the candidate's remark.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, the Republican candidate in Indiana's race for governor, said in a statement Wednesday morning, "I strongly disagree with the statement made by Richard Mourdock during last night's Senate debate. I urge him to apologize."
In a statement to the Associated Press Wednesday morning, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Romney "disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views."
The leadership PAC, still affiliated with the Vice Presidential nominee, has given contributions of similar amounts to Republican Senate campaigns this cycle such as North Dakota's Rick Berg and Nevada's Dean Heller.
The FEC filing:
Update: This post originally referred to Prosperity PAC as a SuperPAC. The committee is a Leadership PAC.
Ruby Cramer is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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