FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2016
Revelations Mirror the Educational Scam Pulled Off By Donald Trump, Toomey’s Preferred Presidential Candidate
One of the nation’s leading women’s advocacy groups today called out U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) for revelations that he is seeking financial gain from a shady, for-profit college that pushes an extreme, anti-woman ideology and preys on vulnerable students, including veterans. Sen. Toomey’s financial investment in the for-profit Yorktown University—on whose board he also served—facilitated the spread of anti-choice propaganda and medically unsound studies while pushing an extreme, right-wing ideology. Yorktown has long been criticized for lacking appropriate accreditation, offering courses of questionable academic value, and preying on veterans who receive government tuition assistance. The revelation of Toomey’s involvement with the shady business venture comes as he throws his support behind Donald Trump, who is currently under investigation for defrauding students with his Trump University business scheme.
“Sen. Toomey has voted to ban abortion and block access to basic health care for Pennsylvania families, so it’s unsurprising that he’s been secretly profiting from a school that teaches nostalgia for the Dark Ages,” said James Owens, states communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Sen. Toomey has fought against Pennsylvania families in Washington and now we learn he’s personally profiting from a Trump-style scam university that takes advantage of hardworking students. Sen. Toomey may be trying to hide his allegiance to Donald Trump, but it’s pretty apparent they both have no problem disrespecting women and the families they support while scamming hardworking Americans, including our veterans, who are just trying to get ahead.”
Sen. Toomey has pushed legislation that would drive taxpayer dollars to disreputable educational institutions like this scam-university in which he is invested, despite findings that such institutions provide substandard academic quality while shackling students with debt. Yorktown University pushes a radical conservative agenda and describes pop music, modern art, and the modern discipline of psychology as “signs of serious cultural disturbance.” It pedaled a course that referred to the Enlightenment—the burst of discovery and knowledge that created the intellectual framework for the Declaration of Independence—as a “failed moral revolution.” Toomey’s investment in Yorktown has supported “professors” like Lawrence Roberge, who taught fanatical, anti-woman conspiracy theories such as the debunked claim that tetanus vaccines cause abortions. The revelations about Sen. Toomey’s shady educational deals comes amid the scandal surrounding Trump University, the scam university that Donald Trump is accused of using to defraud students.
Sen. Toomey supports legislation that would steer public funding to for-profit educational businesses like Yorktown University. In Washington, Sen. Toomey has also pushed an extreme, anti-woman agenda and has said he would ban all abortion and jail doctors who provide abortion. Sen. Toomey has repeatedly voted to restrict access to abortion, including voting multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect a woman’s health. He has also worked to limit a woman’s access to basic reproductive health care by voting to effectively ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges.