April 2nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

New GOP group plans to raise big money for midterms

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Washington (CNN) - A group of influential Republicans is launching a new independent organization with the goal of raising over $50 million to help their party topple Democrats in this year's midterm elections.

The group, American Crossroads, will raise money from "individuals and corporations who believe that Republicans offer better solutions to the challenges we face," according to one of the people involved in the group, who acknowledged that Democrats benefited from the help of outside groups in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

American Crossroads will be managed by Steven Law, who is leaving a top post at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to run the group. Board members include former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan, former RNC co-chair Jo Ann Davidson and GOP strategist Jim Dyke.

Karl Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie will serve as informal advisers to the group.

The creation of the group was first reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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  1. CR

    Sounds like good news for strip club operators.

    April 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Kevin -- Evansville, IN

    Why don't they just fire Micheal Steele? Do they really need two RNC's?

    April 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. lyn

    Go ahead you Morons of the Republicans party by asking for money from those people who is blinded by your lies,hate and violence, I just hope and pray that those people open their eyes and see that the Republicans only want your money they are not there to help the people in need. What that party did for the 8yrs they were in power is leave the biggest mess ever in America,I ask do you want that again so I say to you people who has been fool by their faults rumors,lies hate and violence OPEN YOUR EYES.

    April 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Ben Dover

    Thats money well spent.

    April 2, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. sifto77

    Much needed–we need a bipartisan congress–not just a bunch of arrogant, narcissistic big-mouths....Obama and his taunts and dares to the American young people hopefully will fall on deaf ears....

    April 2, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. hongli

    Wow!! That sounds like music in the ear for the STRIP-CLUBS owners. I guess the strip-clubs will be employing very soon in all States . Jobs,Jobs,Jobs.

    April 2, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Felly

    This is a worthless group with Karl Rove and their cronnies working for big business. Whose side are you on?

    April 2, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Papasan in AZ

    I lit a cigarette, leaned back, and settled in to watch the chaos.

    Papasan in AZ

    April 2, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Vince

    If this is not a slap in the face of Michael Steele then I don't know what is. Tokenism does not work! I am embarrassed for the GOP and Michael Steele for being part of it all.

    April 2, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    No matter what spin republicans try and put on domestic issues, it doesn't take away from the fact that republicans have done absolutely NOTHING over the last year. You made your bed, now sleep in it!

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    April 2, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Joe

    Republicans can offer better solutions??? That is the joke of the year. Please Dear God, don't let them take over again. Please......

    April 2, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. vgal

    The key is 'corporations' – i.e., special interests who only care about their own company. This is why the right leaning supreme court justices made the decision to let corporations contribute to campaign funds. There are very few average, ordinary Americans who can contribute like a company can.

    April 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Gil Oberdas

    I bet there are a lot of No Party members that want their money returned? If the teabuggers and the conservatives keep splitting the money and the party it is fine with most Americans who find them both offensive!

    April 2, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Billy J..Texas..

    It's true that both parties have benefitted from groups like Move on.org and swftboat vets. But wait till companies like Boeing, Toyota, R.J. Nabisco, and the like, can spend any amount they want on a candidates election. We have not seen anything yet. Goodbye Representative Democracy, hello America on the Auction Block every election cycle. Mark my words, there will be no bogus defense contract big enough to say no to, no product dangerous enough to pull from the market, no chance for the middle class to do anything except pay ALL the bills for the poor, the rich, big business, and wall street, until they are driven out of business by an economy that has been moved overseas.

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Navy Vet

    The only solutions they ever come up with is, tax breaks for the rich and let the free market fix everything.

    And the corporatists will be donating big. They've done such a wonderful job for us little guys so far, haven't they?

    The group, American Crossroads, will raise money from "individuals and corporations who believe that Republicans offer better solutions [sic]

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. What goes around

    Great. Another Republican group with a name that sounds more like the title of a Country Music Television program. So folksy. They're so good at sound bites, punch lines and bumper sticker slogans - how about some ideas???????

    April 2, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Debbie from AZ

    Yes, America is at a crossroad. Do we want to support a party that is in the pocket of Wall Street, Health Insurance Companies and any corporation with the money to buy them off or a party that supports the average people of this country. All I see the Republicans protecting are their own butts.

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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