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Press Release: Advocacy Group Releases Hard-Hitting Video Calling on NY Congressional Candidate Jane Corwin to Reject Karl Rove’

IRS Investigates Rove's Donors

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, an advocacy group dedicated to exposing the campaign finance activities of Karl Rove's American Crossroads group, just released a hard-hitting video calling on Jane Corwin, who is running in the special election in NY-26, to reject the $650,000 that Rove's group is using to support her campaign. The video comes days after the IRS announced that it is targeting donors to 501c4 groups, such as Rove's Crossroads GPS, for failing to report donations and pay a 35% gift tax on such donations. This was reported last Thursday by the New York Times.

NYT: Secret, tax-exempt dollars fund political fights

Nonprofit advocacy groups allow the wealthy to influence elections without revealing themselves, watchdogs claim

September 24, 2010: Alaskans grew suspicious two years ago when a national organization called Americans for Job Security showed up and spent $1.6 million pushing a referendum to restrict development of a gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

Watchdog Groups Call on California Secretary of State Candidate Damon Dunn To Reject Support From Karl Rove and American Crossroads

Californians Do Not Want Another Ken Blackwell Or Katherine Harris

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A coalition of watchdog organizations called AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, yesterday released a new ad calling on California Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn to reject the support of Karl Rove and his group, American Crossroads. Dunn was handpicked by Rove to run against Debra Bowen in what looks like an attempt to place a clone of Florida SOS Katherine Harris and Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell in the California SOS position.

Mother Jones: “Campaign Finance Reform Is on Its Last Legs”

September 13, 2010: James Bopp, the conservative mastermind behind the Citizens United case, boasts that nearly all the campaign finance regulations passed in recent history have been dismantled. "Campaign finance regulations used to sit on four legs…now the Supreme Court has eliminated three legs and cut the other one in half," said the Indiana lawyer, speaking at Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Conference last week. Regulation, he concluded, "is on its last legs."

Time Magazine: The New GOP Money Stampede

Sept 16, 2010- In recent days, Ohio voters have probably seen a TV spot ripping Democratic "stimulus and debt" policies, courtesy of a group calling itself Crossroads GPS. They may also have caught an ad by an outfit called the American Action Network praising Republican Congressmen Pat Tiberi and Dave Reichert for "standing up for fiscal responsibility." Meanwhile, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is under attack from the Republican Governors Association (RGA) for being a "bad governor," while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been touting the "pro-business" record of GOP Senate candidate Rob Portman.

All of these groups are based in D.C., not Ohio. And only one of them, the RGA, is required to disclose its donors — and only a few times a year. Which makes Ohio look less like a boxing ring for the candidates than a chessboard for invisible well-funded operatives hundreds of miles away.

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