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.