First on CNN: Rove, Gillespie hosting joint political briefing in Aspen
August 2nd, 2012
10:49 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Rove, Gillespie hosting joint political briefing in Aspen

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Despite laws barring coordination between federal campaigns and outside groups, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are hosting a joint closed-door political briefing with leading Republican donors Thursday.

According to Republicans familiar with the schedule, the two operatives are headlining a lunchtime political briefing for top donors at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen, a posh, closed-press affair where GOP governors mingle with some of their biggest financial backers.

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RGA Executive Director Phil Cox will also be participating in the briefing, which will focus on the 2012 political landscape and various governors' races around the country.

Rove is a co-founder of American Crossroads, the ascendant Republican super PAC behind millions of dollar worth of television ads attacking President Obama and Democratic Senate candidates.

Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is a senior strategist for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Though Rove and Gillespie have known each other for years and are two of the GOP's most eminent strategists, it would be illegal for them to discuss internal campaign plans.

Rove and Romney have both stressed that there is no coordination between the campaign and outside political groups.

"Super PACs have to be entirely separate from a campaign and a candidate," Romney told MNSBC in December. "I'm not allowed to communicate with a super PAC in any way, shape or form. If we coordinate in any way whatsoever, we go to the big house."

A spokesman for the RGA declined to comment on the Aspen session.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    obama has violated and ignored the laws of this country every day he has been in office. in the fast and furious scandal people died from their lawlessness. and yet they are not behind bars where they belong.

    August 2, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. To: Truth Hurts

    You are entitled to your opinion – however, you are not entitled to make up facts! Rationalization is a great tool and you you use it well

    August 2, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. AnnsTheMan!

    Look, does anyone out there still not think that Obama winning was McCain throwing the election? they knew the economy would crash, so they used Obama as a chance to: blame the fallout on the dems, have a black president with a bad record, shift blame from W's spending spree while he was president. Now we have mittens, who anyone will tell you is a cardboard cut out (check his one pic from london, he looks like someone put a cutout up in front of the mics), and practically like obama, and the GOP is saying "obama caused it, let's go back to the 'old way!'... right...

    August 2, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    There is nothing illegal that I am aware of with Karl Rove coordinating with the Romney campaign. Rove's American Crossroads is technically not a superPAC at all. It is organized as a 501.c4, which is what a food bank might use. The can advertise as freely as they wish, just as long as the advertising is not political in nature. Their ads amount to providing the public with benevolent information, all in the interests of serving the public good.

    August 2, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. The Right Left

    These operatives/ political hacks are just trying to shore up this card board figure called Romney. They are so misoverestimating him(chuckle). This Humpty Dumpty needs a lot of snot to put it back together. Sheldon Adelson needs to give Rove more than $100, million to find enough glue.

    August 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Chumlee

    BS Romney – you are a total liar

    August 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "This Humpty Dumpty needs a lot of snot to put it back together. Sheldon Adelson needs to give Rove more than $100, million to find enough glue."

    Either that or, well, there's always Rafalca....

    August 2, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Their ads amount to providing the public with benevolent information, all in the interests of serving the public good."

    I bet you had trouble typing that with a straight face.

    August 2, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Alan J

    Truth Hurts: You should change your handle to Truth Hurts if I told the truth!
    This is nothing new Rove has been coordinationg with Romney's campaign from day ONE! What is the IRS doing about this or the Justice Department?

    August 2, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Alan J

    AnnstheMan No I don't think McCain threw anything, he wanted to be President bad! Thank God is isn't!

    August 2, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Roger

    Karl Rove behind closed doors – nothing good can come from that! Frightening little man with no conscience.

    August 2, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Logic N LA

    Rudy NYC- Rove's organization places poplitical ads- a meeting wouldbe illegal. the thig that makes it ridicuous is they could just speak by phone- who would know?

    August 2, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Mark

    The idividual who wrote under "truth hurts" must have a very short memory. Many under the Bush administration ingnored the constitution and broke laws. Why are they not in jail and why didn't the author complain at that time. This individual supports the nature of the republican party which is "Do as we say, not as we do".

    August 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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