Barbour joins fundraising effort
September 9th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
3 years ago

Barbour joins fundraising effort

(CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who declined a 2012 run for the White House in April, will throw his weight behind the effort to unseat President Obama by joining fundraising powerhouse American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

The groups, helmed by GOP strategist Karl Rove, announced Barbour’s addition Thursday, on the heels of President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress on jobs.

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With new support from the former chair of both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Governor’s Association, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS announced they would “more than double” the combined fundraising goal for both groups by the end of 2012, up from the original $120 million mark.

Aiming to reach $20 million in fundraising for 2011, the group saw their goal exceeded with a haul of $24.5 million to date.

“We are reaching high in our fundraising goals because we believe this is going to be a destiny-shaping election for our country,” said Steven Law, who serves as president of both groups.

Crossroads GPS is a conservative-leaning advocacy organization. American Crossroads is an independent 527 group that serves as a fundraising arm with the ability to accept contributions without limits or restrictions.

Barbour will serve the groups in a volunteer capacity as they fundraise through 2012.


Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Fundraising • Haley Barbour
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    No news here. A real story would be where are these contributions coming from.

    September 9, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. janedoe

    Knew he wasn't going top run in the beginning. He still lives by racist rules. So why not promote it from behind so he won't look bad. I'll take Ru Paul oops Ron Paul over him any year. .10 cents for gas. Hell yeah. LOL

    September 9, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. GI Joe

    He definitely has extra weight.

    September 9, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. realitybites

    This is too good:
    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who declined a 2012 run for the White House in April, will throw his weight behind the effort to unseat President Obama by joining fundraising powerhouse American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

    Is Chris C. from NJ going to help out too? Careful GOP, he's a HEAVY in the Party. I wonder how much fatback and gravy it took to lure him to the fundraising table. All for the love of LU LU Belle.

    September 9, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. EatRunDive

    And that's a lot of weight he has to throw.

    September 9, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. alleygator

    Big surprise. Another bloated, pasty-faced southern politician belching his opposition to President Obama.

    September 9, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. bj

    I have been thinking about the Governor of Mississippi and his statement a few months ago about the White Citizens Commitee. They didn't seem so peaches and cream in "The Help", but neither did Good Ol'e Miss look good in the film Mississippi Burning. I guess the word history does mean 'his' story because his rhetoric and recollection does not pass the litmus test of truth.

    September 9, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. w l jones

    The head of symbolism is back at it again! same place different time fool the American people once but not again. Enough said.

    September 9, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Indy

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who declined a 2012 run for the White House in April, will throw his weight behind the effort to unseat President Obama by joining fundraising powerhouse American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

    And here is the biggest problem in the US today, Republicans agenda is to work against the President and the country to "unseat" Obama. Republicans have no interest in what is best for the country,like working together and moving forward. The Party First attitude will be the ruin of any progress and that is afterall what the terrorists had in mind 10 years ago and Republicans are happy to help.

    September 9, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Crossroads GPS is a conservative-leaning advocacy organization."

    Here you go again, CNN. Trying to sell GPS as something it's not. Unless Rove is a "closet" moderate, there is nothing leaning about GPS, other than the bigotry it stands for, which does LEAN evangelical - lot's of money being generated all for the good of God, yes? So ... Barbour continues his soul selling pandering. Can't say I'm surprised.

    September 9, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |