October 12th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama a hypocrite, Rove says

(CNN) – The ongoing battle between the White House and Karl Rove continued Tuesday morning, with the former Bush aide accusing President Obama of outright hypocrisy when it comes to campaign finance transparency.

"For the president to say a legal and lawful action by private groups, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, when he himself is relying on political groups….the president is being hypocritical about this," Rove said on ABC's Good Morning America in response to recent attacks from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that a group Rove has raised money for – Crossroads GPS – does not disclose its donors.

Crossroads GPS has spent millions on political advertising this election season but does not have to reveal the names of their donors to the Federal Elections Commission because it is structured as a tax-exempt "social welfare" 501(c)(4) organization. The group has faced allegations it is bending campaign finance laws because of its involvement in political activity despite claiming to be a so-called "social welfare" group.

"[Obama] had no problem at all with this when groups were spending money on his behalf in 2008 and not disclosing donors," Rove also said. "He had no problem not disclosing his own donors - tens of millions of dollars to his campaign whose donor names were not revealed. And now he turns around and takes up because Republicans are doing the same thing Democrats have been doing for years."

The most recent charge against Rove came from Biden Monday night, who during a Pennsylvania rally said, "I challenge Karl Rove to tell me that this money isn't coming from billionaires and millionaires, insurance companies, oil companies, major executives, who have about as much in common and concern with the people or northeast Pennsylvania as I don't know what."

Thanks to the donor anonymity that Crossroads GPS was allowed to provide, the group has reportedly been able to raise millions of dollars at a faster clip than traditional political organizations that are required to disclose donor names. Crossroads GPS and its parent organization American Crossroads – have set a goal of raising $50 million ahead of the midterm elections.

Rove, whose name alone engenders anger among the Democratic base, has increasingly become a punching bag for the White House as the midterm elections draw near.

Campaigning for Illinois Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias last week, Obama declared, "Right here in Illinois, in this Senate race, 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."

"So the question for the people of Illinois is, are you going to let special interests from Wall Street and Washington and maybe places beyond our shores come to this state and tell us who our senator should be?" he continued. "Chicago, prove them wrong."

Filed under: 2010 • Karl Rove • President Obama
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Fixer2010

    There should not be exemptions – campaign funding should be 100% transparent. I want to know who is funding the
    campaigns of both parties. What corporations are trying to buy my vote – and why?

    October 12, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. mantysman

    Rove is a traitorous criminal who should be locked up and forgotten. In the cell next to him should be Darth Vader Cheney and his chimp: George Bush.

    October 12, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Blaum

    "Maybe places beyond our shores..." really?... blind accusations won't get you very far, Barry..... Rove will out-smart you... he always has....

    October 12, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Cosmo

    Herr Karl, you haven't really responded to the challenge of revealing who is buying you and the GOP, but that is not surprising since you are a "political srtategist" which is just code words for professional weasle.

    October 12, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think Rove is the bigger hypocrite because he wanted to stiffle decent and free speech (for those that were opposed to the conflict in Iraq and war in Afghanistan) and the heavy handed tactics on "finding terrorists" that he wanted to do.

    October 12, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. America Shrugged

    When I think about how much money corporations are pouring into supporting GOP ads, it makes me wonder why they aren't using that $ to create jobs for Americans. They sure want you to vote for the party of NO, for tax cuts for the wealthiest, deregulation of environmental laws, labor laws, wall street, but aren't willing toi invest in American jobs. Hmmm. Redistribution of wealth from the top down hasn't done much in the way of anything for the average American. Why do we want to re-visit that tried and failed economic tax policy?

    October 12, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. terry, va

    Rove is 100% right. Obummie can't stand it when the repubs have a level playing field. What about the millions and millions of dollars from unreported sources that Obummie got in 2008. The Supreme Court has spoken, and Obummie is mad he can't over rule them. If he wants to be a dictator he needs to go to South America and join his buddy Hugo Chavez.

    October 12, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. michael tampa

    Yea right a legal and lawful as defined by an extreme leftist activist court. A corporation has the same rights as a person! Give me a break, it has special interest written all over it!!!

    October 12, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. michael tampa

    I meant extreme right, my bad!

    October 12, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. kd

    Rove, the epitome of lying and hypocrisy, lying about someone else? I'm SHOCKED.

    Rove is a pig. He's destroyed countless lives. His brand of hate politics has done its best to destroy this country (and the loud, dishonest screaming of the far right is his ugly step-child). Rove needs to be put in jail for a multitude of crimes. That might be the only way to shut this dangerous liar up.

    October 12, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. ja

    carl rove self righteous, i don't think so

    October 12, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Dante

    And why is anything Karl Rove says relevant?

    October 12, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. stufit

    Karl called that one right, but of course, all but the most drugged out supporters already knew that, plus the fact Obama is a corrupt, lying, inept, incompetent, union toady. The worst president this country has ever had. He makes Carter look like a genius and strong leader and Harding and Grant look incredibly moral and efficient.

    October 12, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    This is a spot on analysis by Rove!! I too wondered how Obama could attack these organizations when he did the same exact thing in his run for the presidency... I guess it once again proves the arrogance of this President and his administration... I hope he keeps up his misguided rhetoric – it only makes his approval ratings sink along with the Democrat's re-election hopes....

    October 12, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Steven P

    Of course those of us who knew nothing about Mr. Obama – thanks to a duplicitous or complicitous media industry – knew something was rotten when Mr. Obama eschewed his promise to only take public money. It was then no surprise when his campaign accepted monies that could not be traced vis a vis "throw away" credit cards.

    Noting to see here; move along.

    October 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Dennis

    How much more B.S.can we expect to hear from "Mr.Potato Head"?

    October 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Ben

    One is just as crooked as the other.

    October 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. LISA

    Let's check on Moveon.org, we should know where they get there money? Obama should not be open this can of worms.

    October 12, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I am surprised that this is a news story as Karl Rove represents the old Republican Party.

    New Tea Republicans need to get away from this old fossil, who is now a symbol of failuire, if they have any hope of becoming a viable political force.

    Depending on such a loser to get their candidates elected in November will be the Team Party's undoing.

    October 12, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Don't Shoot the Messenger

    Not a huge fan of Karl Rove but totally agree with what he said. I'm sure the media will dismiss this claim because they don't like Rove but the hypocrisy out of Washington right now is laughable. If it works in his favor, Obama is all for it, but if the other team tries the same thing, down right evil. Chicago politics at its finest.

    October 12, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Where are the choices? Where do the American voters look to for relief from the out of control Congress and the size of the government and the size of the debt? Who do we trust? The Democrats? The GOP? No both of these parties are no longer representing the people. Both of these parties are bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation.

    October 12, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Gary

    The White House should not honor any tiff with Rove. It just gives the fool face time. Rove should be behind bars. Can someone literally throw him in front, particularly under, a moving bus? Hey, I will settle for a Smart Car

    October 12, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. David

    Karl Rove is one giant steaming turd.

    October 12, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Tim

    Obama is such a smart man. He publicly questions Republican's loyalties to the US, yet goes around the country bowing to foreign leaders, apologizing for our supposed transgressions, and coddles the UN. Yeah, I'm worried about the Republican's aligning with foreign interests.

    He's pathetic.

    October 12, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Gary

    Oh, make sure to leave enough room for Sara Palin and Glenn Beck ... aka .. dumb and dumber

    October 12, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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