October 18, 2010: A progressive advocacy group has become the target of persistent threats over the past two weeks for its efforts to expose alleged criminal activity involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Now the group, Velvet Revolution (VR), is asking the FBI to investigate the communications, which include explicit threats of violence.
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.
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."
September 20, 2010- New FEC filings show that American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-backed group that is pouring money into attack ads targeting Democrats around the country, continues to be funded virtually entirely by billionaires.
In August, American Crossroads raised $2,639,052. Fully $2.4 million of that — or 91 percent — came in the form of gifts from just three billionaires.
Rove-backed groups boost their fundraising, heighten GOP assault on Democrats
Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million this year, using new freedom from fundraising restrictions to create a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November.
September 20, 2010: American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, outside groups backed by GOP heavy-hitters Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, raised $14.5 million in the 30-day period ending Sunday, bringing their fundraising total this year to $32 million, according to the Associated Press.
Both groups have launched attack ads on Democrats around the country. Back in April, American Crossroads announced they had $30 million in fundraising pledged toward their $52 million goal. And while the early numbers were small, the group has since taken off.