Crossroads GPS Attack Ad:
-By Angie Drobnic Holan
May 17, 2012- An ad from Crossroads GPS attacks President Obama for broken promises, with each broken promise shattering the display of an iPad-like tablet computer.
"President Obama’s agenda promised so much," the ad says, then recounts Obama’s promises on foreclosures, taxes, health care and the deficit.
Crossroads, a group backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove, said the ad is part of $25 million advocacy initiative and will run in 10 states, including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Crossroads is not a super PAC, but a 501(c)4. It does not have to disclose its donors.
We’re checking several claims from this ad. Today, we start with the following claims:
-By Dan Froomkin & Paul Blumenthal
May 7, 2012- WASHINGTON -- Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, the political ad-buying organization cofounded by Republican strategist Karl Rove in 2010, has officially submitted its first tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service, and as expected, the group is formally requesting that the IRS treat it as a nonprofit operating under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.
AMERICAN CROSSROADS ATTACK AD:
-by Ben Dimiero & Eric Hananoki
April 27, 2012- Fox News continues to find new ethical lines to cross during this election cycle.
Yesterday morning, the Karl Rove-backed Super PAC American Crossroads released an ad attacking President Obama as the "celebrity president." During an appearance this morning on America's Newsroom Republican strategist Brad Blakeman labeled the ad a "success" because "Karl has gotten more earned media than the amount he invested in the ad." This is due, in no small part, to the help of Rove's colleagues at Fox News.