Monthly Archives: June 2012

ABC News: What Romney’s Donors Heard at This Weekend’s Retreat

-By Arlette Saenz and Shushannah Walshe

June 24, 2012- Mitt Romney’s donors attended a golf outing today at the Red Ledges Gold Club in Heber, Utah, but the excitement was really what went on Friday and Saturday at the events and panels. Romney’s top donors were treated to panels on specialized policy topics, such as healthcare or the financial services industry, heard speeches from stars of the Republican Party, such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and were granted access to the presidential candidate’s senior advisors for information about the inner workings of the campaign. All events were closed to reporters, but ABC News has the rundown of some of what these donors were privileged to hear.

Huffington Post: Bob Bauer, Obama Campaign’s Top Lawyer, Demands Retraction From Karl Rove

-By Sam Stein

June 21, 2012- The Obama campaign's top lawyer fired off a letter to Karl Rove Thursday, demanding a retraction of a "mystifying" comment Rove made and raising questions about his upcoming appearance at a Mitt Romney campaign event.

The letter is the second that Bob Bauer has sent to Rove this week. The first argued that Rove could no longer insist that his advocacy group, Crossroads GPS, was policy oriented — a distinction that allowed it to shield the names of its donors. The follow-up letter, obtained by The Huffington Post, makes that same point, arguing that there is no "social welfare" component to the group's operations.

Talking Points Memo: Crossroads Unveils New Attack Ads Against Dems In Senate Races

-By Eric Kleefeld

June 13, 2012- The Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have rolled out another new round of attack ads, totaling $4.6 million across six key Senate races.

The ads target two incumbent Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and Sherrod Brown in Ohio; three candidates for open Democratic-held seats in Nebraska, North Dakota and Virginia; plus one Democratic challenger for a Republican-held seat, Rep. Shelley Berkley in Nevada.

The ad in Missouri: “Sen. Claire McCaskill was a key Obama adviser in passing his failed $1.18 trillion stimulus. Claire’s vote sent nearly $2 million to California, to collect ants — in Africa. Twenty-five million for new chairlifts and snow-making in Vermont. Almost $300,000 in Texas to study weather — on Venus. While in Missouri, 16,000 have lost their jobs.”

Huffington Post: Sheldon Adelson To Lavish $71 Million In Casino Money On GOP Super PACS, Nonprofits

-By Peter H Stone

June 16, 2012- Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth makes him one of the world's richest men, is on a check-writing spree that will soon bring his total political contributions in this election cycle to at least $71 million, according to sources familiar with his spending. That money is spread across the spectrum of GOP super PACs, which are required to disclose donors, and nonprofits, which are not.

Adelson and his wife, Miriam, along with other family donations, have already reached $36 million, including $10 million to the Romney-backing super PAC Restore Our Future that was reported this week. But two GOP fundraisers familiar with his plans say that Adelson has given or pledged at least $35 million more to three conservative nonprofit groups: the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS, another with ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch and a third with links to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Reader Supported News: Fox News’ Karl Rove Problem

-By Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America

June 10, 2012- Fox News' Karl Rove problem just keeps getting worse.

This morning, President Obama held a press conference to discuss the state of the economy and renew his call for Congress to pass a jobs bill. After the conclusion of Obama's remarks, Fox host Jon Scott told viewers they would "be hearing from a couple of congressional leaders on the Republican side" later in the day. Apparently too impatient to wait for the official Republican response, Fox brought on Karl Rove – its own contributor/anti-Obama super PAC co-founder – to attack Obama in the meantime.

Predictably, Rove used his Fox platform to launch a series of misleading talking points at the president.

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