Monthly Archives: August 2012

Huffington Post: RNC 2012: GOP Shadow Groups Eclipsing Party In Tampa

-By Peter H. Stone

August 28, 2012- TAMPA, Fla. — A shift of power from the official Republican party apparatus to an informal coalition of megadonors, super PACs and nonprofit advocacy groups is underway here, as a rising shadow party increasingly drives GOP politics.

Mel Sembler, a Florida shopping mall magnate and a key member of the Romney campaign's finance team, is planning to open his home Tuesday for a few hours to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future to let the group's leaders chat up potential donors on their plans, according to GOP fundraisers who requested anonymity to preserve their relationship with the groups.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, top strategists for three powerhouse GOP allies — the Karl Rove-founded Crossroads groups; billionaires Charles and David Koch, who founded Americans for Prosperity; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — are planning to huddle at a local hotel to coordinate efforts to spend tens of millions more on television ads and voter turnout, according to sources close to the groups, who were not authorized to speak on their behalf.

Mother Jones: Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Crossroads GPS Busted for Bogus Ad

—By Andy Kroll

August 10, 2012- Crossroads GPS, the dark-money nonprofit group co-founded by Karl Rove, recently unveiled a TV ad hammering North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, a candidate for US Senate, for spending "taxpayer dollars to buy private planes." That was a lie.

In a takedown letter sent to local broadcasters, Heitkamp explained that the planes referenced by Crossroads were given to her for free by the federal government. What's more, the planes formerly belonged to the Department of Defense and one was for drug trafficking surveillance, the other for spare parts. No money was spent, and the planes weren't for "private" use at all.

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