September 20th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
11 years ago

American Crossroads closing in on goal

Washington (CNN) - An independent Republican organization that's supporting GOP candidates running in this year's midterm elections raised $14.5 million over the past month.

American Crossroads also confirms to CNN that the organization, and its affiliated group, Crossroads GPS, have brought in $32 million since they formed this spring.

American Crossroads, a conservative 527 campaign organization which was launched by a group of influential Republicans, says their goal is to raise $52 million this year to help their party topple Democrats in the midterm elections.

"We're seeing broad support from large and small donors who want to stop the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda and have a sustained impact on public policy in 2011 and beyond," says American Crossroads Communications Director Jonathan Collegio.

American Crossroads is likely competing with the Republican National Committee for many of the same donors. The RNC reports raising $52 million from January through July.

American Crossroads is using much of the money they've raised to go up on television with commercials in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Ohio and the affiliated Crossroads GPS has been running ads in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky, California and Pennsylvania.

Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Fundraising • GOP
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    "American Crossroads, a conservative 527 campaign organization which was launched by a group of influential Republicans..." Yep, INFLUENTIAL with SPECIAL INTEREST!!!

    And I guess we will never know who the DONORS are because 527 groups don't have to reveal that!!!

    AMERICA – Do NOT allow the $$$$ influence your VOTE – MILLIONS was invested in other candidates and THEY LOST!!!! The PEOPLE will decide who will WIN and the money spent by these GROUPS for RepubliCAN'Ts with SPECIAL INTEREST attached WILL NOT!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE and please ignore ads run by 527 groups (which will get VERY NASTY) and we will WIN this RACE in November 2010!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – the Liberal – and I approve this message!!!

    September 20, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Sandra

    It would be really interesting to see where all this money is coming from. My guess is BIG business who want business as usual. Of course, the Supreme Court has made sure that we 1) have no clue where it comes from, and 2) politicians can continue to be managed (translate bought off) by them.

    September 20, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. blue

    If the GOP would work as hard in solving our problems, than to work hard just to beat the Democrats. This tale is getting old. The GOP has to have a positive platform, but they have nothing.

    September 20, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. jim

    They need to raise as much money to counter the democrats fundraising that includes pac's,unions, hollywood elites,and big oil.And i must mention the free promotion that the liberal media give to them.I would name some of the dems big time donors/millionaires but CNN will censor those because it's only Republicans that are fat cats.At least that what their script says.

    September 20, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    We're seeing broad support from large and small donors who want to stop the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda and have a sustained impact on public policy in 2011 and beyond," says American Crossroads Communications Director Jonathan Collegio.

    Not only STOP the agenda, REVERSE IT in the case of Obozocare. Our financial future, and healthcare system, counts on it.

    September 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama's hard work to end the recession has paid off without the help of Republicans who wanted him to fail. Republicans have failed the American people when they they placed their hand on the Bible and took oath they would serve all Americans just like our military men and women. Over 4,400 military men and women have lost their lives "serving Americans". You serve America in hard times and good times, not based on a political party or winning an election, our military men and women deserve more respect.

    September 20, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Vic of New York

    Lisa Murkowski – Republican of Alaska is the first who has broken away from the Repugnican yoke and spoken out about how a few people and and politicians in bed with corporate interests hijacked the Alaska Primaries by pouring outside money into a campaign of lies and deception, The same holds true for the Delaware Primary. BE careful America! There is a conspiracy to take over this country by hoodwinking the people with words they want to hear (like "Money grows on trees" when it comes to tax cuts!"). Are you ready for a Totalitarian Government that FORCES the victims of rapists and incest to have their attacker's children? That's what you are voting for – the "tax" crap is just the come on. Think of the Serpent offering Adam an apple at the Garden of Eden, then think "Conservative Republican" TEA Party. Read the "TEA" leaves folks.

    September 20, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Willa-PA

    Fair elections is what we need. Money should not be able to buy votes. Thanks Supreme Court. It is corporations that funds this organization and the rich, the rich are using their tax breaks while the middle class buys bread and butter... you betcha.

    September 20, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Second quarter top 5:

    1. Wayne Hughes, founder of Public Storage: $1,300,000 to American Crossroads.

    2. Trevor Rees-Jones, founder and CEO of Chief Oil and Gas: $1,000,000 to American Crossroads.

    3. David Koch, executive at Koch Industries: $1,000,000 to the Republican Governors Association.

    4. Lynde Uihlein, founder of the Brico Fund: $582,000 mainly to Wisconsin political funds and the League of Conservation Voters.

    5. David Teece, chairman of the recently formed Californians for a Balanced Budget and a Better Economy: $540,000 to Californians for a Balanced Budget and a Better Economy.

    Starting to get the picture? Go ahead CNN, do some actual journalism and check out the Crossroads filing that is due at the FEC sometime this month.

    September 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. barry

    I wouldn't be surprised if they raised twice their goal. I am 46 and have never donated to anything other to local elections. I did this year because I fear if we don't have a balance of power, that my family will suffer more than we are right now. I am more of a independent than anything but this year I really see myself identifying more with Republicans. The Recession, Unemployment, and things like Cap and Trade worry me. The Health Care Bill is the point I really begin to worry because it doesn't make sense that that could be a cost savings. I wouldn't let the group that made that calculation do my families taxes. It's bad when Independent voters have to make a choice of the lesser of two evils but that is the case in these trying times. If there is no longer a one party majority they will have to work together to pass sensible bills or they will deadlock and not pass things like Cap and trade, Health Care, etc. I do want everyone to have some type of Health Insurance in this country but it needs to be a plan that both Democrats and Republicans work together on. I am just one man with one vote but I believe the majority of Independent voters will vote Republican like I will this november.

    September 20, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Another special interests group paying for candidates who will get their special agenda pushed.

    September 20, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. gt

    jobs have went form bad to worese....thats what the people know and were sick of it...

    September 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    Another Koch Brothers Product.Their business is a Monopoly and has tentacles around the country and the globe.They need to be brokenup and have some competition.

    September 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. SayWhat

    Why is this propoganda organization not property identified as "an independent Republican organization that's supporting GOP candidates running in this year's midterm elections" which is run by Karl (the Weasle) Rove? Just what American voters need, more disinformation brought to you by the good ol' boys at the GOP dirty tricks club.

    September 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Sally

    When are we going to wise up and stop the insane amount of dollars spent on these campaigns? It is horrible that this amount of money goes for negative campaign ads...instead of helping this country back to recovery. Both sides should be ashamed, and the people sending money are even worse. If you have so much spare cash, I'm sure your local food pantry needs help.

    September 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. connie

    and the Unions donate how much?

    September 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. NotFooled

    Hey folks in DE, CT, IA, OH, all over the US – doesn't it feel good to know that rove and his corporate kings are influencing YOUR elections. Nothing speaks – one vote one voice – like a pile of rich fat cats influencing state elections.

    September 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. j

    Any one with any sense knows that turning the government back over to the Republicans is a mistake. They'll be the ruination of this country. The Democrats deserve another two years (or more) to show they have the country's best interest at heart. Give it to them... vote Democrat.

    September 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    The Republican Party is now a 'PINO', that is, 'a Party In Name Only'. If the known political parties in the United States are studied closely, the one who fits what the Republican Party is now is the Libertarian Party. And the Libertarian Party's founding father's are the 'billionaire' Koch Brothers. Note the ideologies and behaviors of those who are influential, thus 'molding' the Party line. Anti-tax, anti-entitlement, staunchly capitalistic and conservative, anti-regulation, McCarthyistic and John Birch Societistic in nature and behaviors. This movement has gained an exceptional foothold in the GOP because of the lousy economic situation that recognized at the 2008 election and well, the rest we know all too well about.

    September 20, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. June in Chicago

    Good. Because we should allow the amount of monay raised and spent to determine who will be representing us in Washington. Never mind about what their positions/policies are, or whether or not they have the best interest of the Country in mind. Let's just make it all about money . . . Isn't that the way politics work?

    September 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. June in Chicago

    Just one quick question – did they contribute to the O'Donnell campaign? If so – nice one guys! Glad you're not spending my money!

    September 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Dave

    This is the only way that repubs can win elections these days: with money. They certainly don't have any ideas of their own.

    September 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |