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
June 11th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Rove says Barrett is a long shot in S.C.

Karl Rove said Thursday that Rep. Gresham Barrett will have a tough time catching up to state Rep. Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial runoff.
Karl Rove said Thursday that Rep. Gresham Barrett will have a tough time catching up to state Rep. Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial runoff.

(CNN) - Republican strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove said Thursday that Rep. Gresham Barrett will have a tough time catching up to state Rep. Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial runoff.

Haley captured 49 percent of the vote in Tuesday's GOP primary, while Barrett finished a distant second. The runoff election is June 22 and some Republicans have suggested that Barrett step aside and let Haley become the nominee.

Asked in a Fox News appearance if Barrett should drop out of the runoff, Rove answered, "Well, he's a really good man and this is a decision that's up to him."

"But you know, 49 percent - if it was a 49-46 or a 49-40, and the other candidates were rushing in to endorse Barrett, it'd be one thing," Rove said. "But 49 percent to 20-some-odd percent - that's a big gap to make up. He's got make that decision himself."

Rove predicted that Republican voters "who supported other candidates are now going to find themselves, you know, sort of moving naturally into the campaign of the candidate who got nearly as many votes as all the rest of the candidates combined."


Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Karl Rove • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
April 5th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Rove encourages Census participation

Karl Rove appears in a Census PSA released Monday.
Karl Rove appears in a Census PSA released Monday.

Washington (CNN) - In a new video, released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove encourages Americans to participate in the 2010 Census, saying "it's not too late."

The public service announcement, already available online, runs 51 seconds and features Rove speaking about the history of the Census.

"One of my favorite founders is James Madison, principal author of the Constitution," Rove says in the spot. "He created an instrument of democracy by writing into the Constitution a requirement for a Census every ten years to ensure fair representation in Congress. If you've not yet mailed back your 2010 Census form, it's not too late. Please answer the ten easy questions. They are almost the same ones Madison helped write for the first Census back in 1790."

According to a statement from the U.S. Census Bureau, Rove's PSA is designed to remind residents that they have just over two weeks to mail back their census forms to avoid a visit from a census worker in early May.

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Filed under: Census • Karl Rove
March 30th, 2010
02:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event

Los Angeles (CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was heckled and branded a 'war criminal' at a book signing in Beverly Hills, California, Monday night.

Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, was at the Saban Theater to discuss his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," to an audience of about 100 people who paid up to $40 to hear him.

But the audience members were unable to get their copies of the book signed after Rove was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, reported CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.

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