October 13th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
4 years ago

American Crossroads boasts $13 million haul for week, starts spending on House races

New York (CNN) - American Crossroads, the Republican group backed by GOP consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, will launch its first television ads supporting GOP House candidates this week, as officials there boast about a fundraising surge in the wake of White House attacks on the organization.

A spokesman for American Crossroads, Jonathan Collegio, says the group, along with its affiliate American Crossroads GPS, will begin airing television ads in eight House districts on Friday, and plans to go into 15 House races by Election Day. So far, the group's focus has been on Senate races.
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Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Congress • Ed Gillespie • Fundraising • Karl Rove
October 12th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama a hypocrite, Rove says

(CNN) – The ongoing battle between the White House and Karl Rove continued Tuesday morning, with the former Bush aide accusing President Obama of outright hypocrisy when it comes to campaign finance transparency.

"For the president to say a legal and lawful action by private groups, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, when he himself is relying on political groups….the president is being hypocritical about this," Rove said on ABC's Good Morning America in response to recent attacks from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that a group Rove has raised money for – Crossroads GPS – does not disclose its donors.
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Filed under: 2010 • Karl Rove • President Obama
October 11th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

American Crossroads to Obama: Keep it coming

(CNN) - President Obama's attacks on Karl Rove and conservative outside organizations could be firing up someone's base: Rove's.

An official with American Crossroads, the conservative third party organization Rove advises, and its affiliate, Crossroads GPS, claimed they received $30,000 in unsolicited online donations this Sunday alone. Crossroads GPS is not legally required to disclose its donors. The official says the contributions were almost all small dollar gifts over the internet accompanied by notes encouraging the group to push back on the president.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove refuted attacks from the president and the Democratic National Committee that his group and the chamber of commerce were bending campaign finance laws. That seemed to fire up at least one contributor. A woman who identified herself as a housewife sent in $100 online and wrote, "Great pushback just now on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Rove! I'm sick of the bullying by the Dems- it has gone on too long without fighting back!"
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Filed under: American Crossroads • Karl Rove • President Obama
October 10th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Rove to Obama: How dare you

(CNN) - Karl Rove is lashing out at President Obama and the Democratic National Committee over a new ad that alleges the former top Bush aide is “stealing our Democracy.”

"They are tossing out these baseless charges," Rove said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.

The comments come the same day the DNC announced it is launching a national television ad targeting Rove and another former Bush aide, Ed Gillespie, over their involvement with an issue advocacy group called Crossroads GPS that by law - because it is established as a non-profit - does not have to reveal its donors.

The organization has spent millions airing anti-Democratic ads in key races and faces charges that they are bending campaign finance laws by structuring itself as a tax-exempt "social welfare" 501(c)(4) organization.
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October 5th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Rove-backed group faces allegations of tax abuse

(CNN) – A major conservative group backed by Karl Rove is being accused of U.S. tax law violations for operating as a non-profit institution and shielding its donor list from the public domain by two campaign finance watchdogs in a letter sent Tuesday.

Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center are urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the political activities of Crossroads GPS, the organization, backed in part by Rove, that has structured itself as a tax-exempt "social welfare" 501(c)(4) organization. As part of its tax exempt status, the group is allowed to both raise unlimited amounts of money and keep the names and organizations of their contributors secret - an allowance that facilitates groups of this type to raise considerably more money then standard so-called 527 groups which have to report their donors.
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Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove
September 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats may attack Rove in ads

(CNN) - A senior Democratic strategist said Monday that the party could release campaign ads in some targeted congressional districts attacking Karl Rove and his ties to a new conservative group, American Crossroads. Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is helping to lead the new cash-flush group.

Democrats have been testing Rove's popularity, and he "continues to be unpopular with the Democratic base" says the Democratic strategist. The political spots presumably would remind voters that Rove is still a campaign presence for Republicans, particularly given his involvement with what the Democratic strategist calls "a secretly funded corporate campaign."

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Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove
September 20th, 2010
07:46 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell brushes off Rove criticisms

Delaware GOP Senate nominee O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch, Karl Rove would back her candidacy.
Delaware GOP Senate nominee O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch, Karl Rove would back her candidacy.

Washington (CNN) – Christine O'Donnell appears to be trying to use humor to defuse a decades-old admission that she once "dabbled into witchcraft," which prompted leading Republican strategist Karl Rove to urge the Delaware GOP Senate nominee to further explain her statement.

Rove, on "Fox News Sunday," said that O'Donnell "can't simply ignore" the fact that she said during a 1999 episode of "Politically Incorrect" that "I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft." O'Donnell also said during the taping of the show that one of her first dates with a witch was "on a satanic altar."

O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch then Rove would be backing her candidacy.

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Karl Rove
September 19th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Rove: O'Donnell must explain witchcraft comments

 Rove says O'Donnell needs to explain her witchcraft comments.
Rove says O'Donnell needs to explain her witchcraft comments.

(CNN) – Karl Rove – the top GOP strategist who declared last week that Christine O’Donnell’s surprise victory does “little good” for the party – is now calling on the surprise Senate nominee to explain her comments about witchcraft.

"In southern Delaware where there are a lot of churchgoing people, they're going to want to know what that is all about,” the former aide to President George W. Bush told "Fox News Sunday."

“My view is she can’t simply ignore it,” he said. “She’s got to deal with it and explain it and put it in its most sympathetic light and move on.”

O’Donnell uttered the comments in question during a 1999 appearance on the now-canceled show “Politically Incorrect,” saying then, “I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft.”

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Karl Rove
September 15th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin says Karl Rove should 'buck up'

Sarah Palin responded Wednesday to Karl Rove’s assessment of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s chances in November.
Sarah Palin responded Wednesday to Karl Rove’s assessment of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s chances in November.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin has a message for former top Bush aide Karl Rove: "Buck up."

Palin sent her message to Rove Wednesday on Fox News, after he expressed the doubt that Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for."

"Well, bless his heart," Palin said. "We love our friends, they're in the machine, the expert politicos. But my message to those who say that the GOP nominee is not electable, or that they're not even going to try, well I say, buck up!"

Rove, on Tuesday, also said that O'Donnell had made some "nutty" statements prior to her victory.

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Filed under: Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
September 15th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell says Rove comments are 'a shame'

 O'Donnell says Rove is trying to restore his reputation.
O'Donnell says Rove is trying to restore his reputation.

(CNN) – Newly-minted Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell is picking her latest battle with Karl Rove, the former top Bush aide who said O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Delaware primary Tuesday does "little good" for the party.

"It's a shame. He is the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't going to win," said O'Donnell to ABC in response to Rove. "And we won, and we won big. So I think he is eating some humble pie and trying to restore his reputation.

Speaking on Fox News Tuesday night after O'Donnell's victory was clear, Rove said the political newcomer does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for," adding "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Karl Rove
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