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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If its illegal, Rove will be involved. KMA Mittens.
Maybe they will talk about what a flawed candidate Romney has become.
If all of these fat cats took the money they are spending on politics and instead invested in America.......they could jump start this economy and do a lot of good. But they choose to spend millions on false and demeaning advertising, and throw big parties at posh resorts to plot against our president. Good patriotic Americans these guys.......
Yeah, like that is not going to happen – this is like having a wolf in the hen house – not sure though who the wolf is.
Who cares about laws... Heck these people don't even care about votes... I man won! Well he didn't but we will pretend he did!
sure there is no coordination between the SuperPacs and the campaigns....sure.
Perhaps, the IRS and the FEC should sit in on this.
"Despite laws barring coordination between federal campaigns and outside groups..."
Repubs don't let pesky things like laws get in their way.
After Bush and the republicans crashed our economy, and were responsible for the loss of 8.5 million jobs in "W's" last three years, shouldn't right wingnuts share some of the responsibility for getting our country's unemployment numbers down? Boehner cannot sit on bipartisan jobs bills, and then say it is all the president's fault. 34 bills to repeal ACA, 61 anti abortion bills, and renaming a couple of post offices is not a congressional job creation record to be proud of. KMA Mittens.
This meeting sounds like they are keeping everything separate and above board, NOT!
It is hard to believe that Rove is not in prison. KMA Mittens.
In other news, Crossroads has purchased 500 dental damns, 300 bottles of penicillin and 3 cases of mouthwash for the meeting.
Ed Gillespie, Senior strategist for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and Carl Rove as co-founder of American Crossroads – a Republican super PAC getting together is clearly not cool. The GOPs are in trouble.....
As hotel magnate Leona Helmsley once said, rules are for fools and the poor.
"Despite laws barring coordination between federal campaigns and outside groups"
Indeed. Says all you need to know right there.
BTW, when's Mittens going to release the names of his top fundraisers and bundlers like Obama has?
they think they are above the law
I guess their freekin-out and scrambeling about Romney and his failure to be the TOP DOG representive for the GOP. They better do something, theirs no time left to try to convince the people of this country their views are the only views that matter.Good- Luck guys.Not all the money in the world is going to have the power to buy the U.S.
They're probably going to discuss how much money they've wasted on their loser candidate.
KMA Wire Pallidin KMA Obama
"they think they are above the law"
I'd go one step further: they think they ARE the law. Have no doubt that these people view themselves as the rightful Masters of the Universe and believe that their wealth is proof of their virtue and righteousness.
Come on now...don't speak with your mouth full Rovey...swallow first.
They are scrambling for nothing. Romney has been defined already and people are aware of him, at the same time tired of all kinds of ads. Time is also not on their side.
The Hate Meter will go off the chart.
If this was David Axelrod meeting with some top Super Pac organizers, the right would go nuts. They will spin this but it definitely smells fishy. They should NOT be attending the same function. It is a conflict of interest. Rove will go down in history as one of the enablers during the Bush administration which led the country into two unfunded wars, unfunded tax breaks and almost a depression. Not to mention he led the "fear and smear" election campaigns which took campaigning to a new low. He has given the Republican party a bad name.
And it just happens that Romney and his VP coordinator will be meeting with GOP governors on the same day
Romney said it: "If we coordinate in a any way whatsoever, we go to the big house". Guess he means his
mansion in California.
If you ever had any doubt how corrupt these people are, this should be your wake-up call. But, of course,
when hate is the driving force, reason disappears.
Interesting. So we, and they, know that collusion is illegal, but they're gonna hang out together in Aspen just for the slopes, not business or anything. No, of course not, that'd be illegal. Oh, but no one can record the event or even get near. But trust us, no business talk will happen at all. I'm just here for the free cookies myself!