American Crossroads promises to remain neutral in Republican primary fight
June 24th, 2011
10:48 AM ET
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American Crossroads promises to remain neutral in Republican primary fight

Washington (CNN) – The leaders of American Crossroads, a Republican-backed independent group that raised $70 million to attack Democrats during the 2010 midterm elections, repeated their pledge Friday to raise nearly double that in 2012 to defeat President Barack Obama and take control of the Senate.

They also promised to remain neutral during the Republican presidential primary even though the group's political director, Carl Forti, is also playing a key role in another newly-formed Republican organization created to back Mitt Romney's campaign.

"I don't see it as an issue," said Steven Law, the President and CEO of American Crossroads, a 527 organization. "That wouldn't be our role."

He said it's important for the group "to not take a position with respect to one potential candidate or another."

Law spoke to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. He was joined by the group's chairman, former Republican National Committee head Mike Duncan.

Forti is one of several Romney backers behind "Restore Our Future PAC," formed to support the former Massachusetts governor. The group is a "Super PAC," meaning it can raise and spend money without restrictions.

Law and Duncan said that Crossroads, a 527 organization, and its affiliate, a 501(c)4 group called Crossroads GPS, maintain strict oversight policies that would prevent any conflict of interest on Forti's part.

Duncan joked that the organization, which plans to raise $120 million for the 2012 election cycle, is "the most lawyered-up group in the history of American politics."

They did not rule out running television ads before the GOP has settled on a nominee, but only to support a likely Republican nominee who comes under attack from Democrats.

"Our mission is pretty clear, and it's very focused on putting attention and the spotlight on President Obama's record and his policies," Law said. "That's not a very hard mission to stray from."

Outside groups like Crossroads came under fierce attack from President Obama in 2010, but several Obama allies have former similar groups, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, to compete with Republican money as the president seeks a second term.

Duncan said such groups have a valid role to play in the electoral process.

"There's not too much money in politics," he said.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. wishing

    Regardless of their supposed neutrality in whom they will support in the GOP primary, it is clear whom they and the policies they support are going to represent.

    As of Sept. 2010, this headline shows their 'base': Billionaires give 91 percent of funds for Rove-tied group
    The latest fundraising numbers from the conservative American Crossroads show the super-rich continue to pony up

    June 24, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Mikey

    One of the many front organizations for corporations and uber-rich individuals who want to impact our politics strictly for their own narrow interests and yet remain anonymous in so doing. The Citizen's United decision has opened the floodgates on this type of money and it will further corrupt our politics.

    We need legislation to stop this assault on our democracy. Unfortunately, as long as the GOP controls the House and has filibuster power in the Senate, this will never happen. That alone is reason enough to vote Democratic in 2011 and 2012. The other benefit is that perhaps we can stop and roll back the assault on voting rights, women's rights, workers rights, teachers, police, firefighters and other public employees, the elderly, the poor, and pretty much the entire middle class in America.

    REGISTER !!! VOTE !!!! VOLUNTEER !!!

    June 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. NO TEA PLEASE!

    You guys will soon be extinct come 2012. Your lies will not work this time.
    We have awoken from our slumber, and things are making more sense.
    We have seen a pattern of deceit, hypocrisy, greed, and misrepresentation and we are taking notes.
    Everything about Obama is out there., otherwise you would have exposed them long ago! So GTFOH.

    June 24, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Of course not. They're saving all their money for the misinformation campaign attack ads against Obama.

    June 24, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    We have to make a promise to ourselves to stop watching political commercials. They don't have to tell us the truth anymore, so we're not getting the truth. And now with Citizens United they can dump unbelievable amounts into campaigns. We have to pay attention to the candidates, and not the commercials, if we want to survive.

    June 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. kakaraka

    The GOP will take control of the house, senate, and the white house? Please. It would be a disaster for the middle class and seniors with their extreme and radical policies. Thankfully, the american people will reject them all.

    June 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Mikey and Sniffit – well said!

    June 24, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Our "democracy," or should I say what's left of it, is being bought up and paid for by the super rich through these front groups. Thanks Supreme Court. There's a few sitting justices who need to be impeached. Let's try treason for starters.

    June 24, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Texas Doc

    No amount of money will change the fact that their candidates suck. Obama by a LANDSLIDE vs anyone they pick.

    June 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Given their pledge to adopt Ronald Reagan`s so called 11th Commandment – – Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican – – I can only assume they Are only AGAINST President Obama and the dont stand for anything.

    Well sorry folks but after having lived throught the GOP`s trust me pleas [There ARE weapons of mass Destruction, I PROMISE] -or- [Tax cuts for `job-creators WILL boost the Economy, I SWEAR] , the GOP simply calling the other guy names isn`t going to cut it.

    I want to specifically hear if your "generic" Republican candidate has a plan to pay down the National debt over the next 20 years. That means we owe CHina ZERO.

    Oh and remember, a plan means tell me your vision, your tactics [i.e. a detailed list of action items], the reources needed, your timeline to achieve go/no go milestones, the objective metrics that will indicate progress is being made, and a schedule for completion.

    This will be an election about a candidates ability to deliver, not sling mud.

    June 24, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. John

    They say there a fool born every day, Because there Is no way the Republican are going to keep control of the House. And will lose seat In the Senate AND WILL NOT WIN THE WHITE HOUSE. the Middle Class ,the Poor , the OLD and the disable has had Enough of the Republican.

    June 24, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. JEBUW

    Regardless what side of the isle you’re on, groups like this are troubling. Unfortunately, money is a huge factor in politics now and with the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, it will be for a long time. We need to have many more truly non-partisan groups that provide true raw data that the voting public can easily access.

    June 24, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "There's not too much money in politics," he said.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    This is a direct quote from the President and CEO of Crossroads.
    Now, YOU be the judge of ANYTHING else that comes out of his lying mouth.

    There's A LOT of money in politics that is why some Rethug CEO's are more than willing to spend MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of their OWN money to obtain a political position that only pays $200k a year, like whats-her-name Whitman in California.

    June 24, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is a problem in American politics - the need to raise money to get your name out there. If we were a more educated electorate (AND VOTED ALL THE TIME) this would be less of a problem. People shouldn't be admiring Snooki or other poor examples like that. It is people like the first lady and other that learn, read and do something.

    June 24, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The Citizens United ruling has made it legal to bribe politicians behind closed doors. It is impossible to convice someone when the can always claim that cash donations are campaign contributions.

    June 24, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Really

    So who are those people working behind the door to bring new fresh candidate?

    June 24, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. AudreyinGA

    It does not matter how much money is thrown out there, it still comes down to one man, one vote and one woman, one vote.
    My one vote is equal to any one billionaire and it will never be for a republican.

    June 24, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    They will have trouble accomplishing that goal, with the bigotry and dictatorial attitudes of the religious right.........and all but one candidate, is currently an extremist, on religious based views. For me, at least, only one can possibly, win my vote for the WH, so the best way to stop Obama's excesses, will be to put more GOP in the Senate, to make it impossible for Obama to continue to squander our tax dollars.

    June 24, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |