Washington (CNN) - An official with American Crossroads, the third party group associated with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, welcomes President Obama’s attacks on the organization insisting they’re helping to drive up contributions.
According to American Crossroads, which was founded by former presidential adviser Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, it has seen healthy online contributions since the president's has called attention to it.
Obama most recently singled out the group at a campaign event Thursday night for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat running to fill Obama's old senate seat.
Obama said "two groups funded and advised by Karl Rove have outspent the Democratic Party two to one in an attempt to beat Alexi - two to one. Funded and advised by Karl Rove." He insisted "That's not just a threat to Democrats. That's a threat to our democracy."
An official with the organization tells CNN, "No one tries tackling you if you don't have the ball."
The organization has gained attention for its successful fundraising and for running ads in key Senate battles, most notably going on the air early in the Nevada Senate race, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is facing Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing internal deliberations, says this year the congressional races are especially nationalized, with local issues taking a back seat to the five dominant concerns that work with Republican voters in districts across the country - taxes, debt, health care, spending and cap and trade climate change legislation.
They're at "the top of everyone's tick list" with some, but there's not much variation by region, the official says.
And as for the call by Democrats to investigate the organization for possible tax violations? It is hitting back hard, releasing to the media a memo written by the group's legal counsel. It alleges the requests for investigation are part of a "coordinated campaign by Democrats and their allies to create a hostile environment to dissuade potential donors from supporting independent conservative non-profit advocacy organizations in general, and Crossroads GPS in particular." The letter accuses Democrats of sour grapes – hitting the group because their own third party organizations aren't raising as much money.
"This effort is a crass 'Plan B' ironically motivated by the Democrats' dismay over insufficient 'political intervention' activity by pro-Democrat groups and following in the wake of their inability to pass the DISCLOSE Act," which would require more disclosure of the corporations behind some of the ads, the letter said.
While American Crossroads does have to disclose its donors, its affiliate Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) does not because it is registered as a non-profit group. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and others are calling on the organization to make public all of its benefactors.
(Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET)