October 5th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
12 years ago

American Crossroads and affiliate announce major ad buy

Washington (CNN) - One of this election cycle's major third party groups is announcing it will spend more than four million dollars in the next week in its largest media buy of the season spread across eight of the key Senate battlegrounds.

In an effort to help elect Republicans in these races, American Crossroads will spend almost $800,000 in Colorado and $350,000 in Nevada while its affiliate Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) is buying time in Illinois, Washington state, Missouri, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

While Crossroads, an independent expenditure committee, does have to disclose its donors, Crossroads GPS, which is registered as its nonprofit arm, does not have to divulge those names.

American Crossroads says it raised $14 million between Aug. 20th and Sept. 20th. The two Crossroads groups have said they plan to spend $50 million this season. They are expected to announce their first spending in House races sometime in the next week.

Last week Crossroads announced a get out the vote effort in West Virginia - its ninth - in which stalwart GOP voters and independents will see early voting notifications, absentee ballot alerts and mail and phone calls in the final 72 hours.

Crossroads' spending is just the latest salvo in the high stakes efforts by third party groups supporting both parties in light of the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling which said corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts on campaign-related matters. In many cases these groups are not required to disclose their donors because of the way they are set up.

These groups are expected to spend an estimated $500 million on the mid-term elections, according to an estimate by the Center for Public Integrity. The center expects GOP-aligned groups will likely outspend their Democratic counterparts by more than 30%.

So far in House and Senate races GOP-allied groups have spent $43 million on television ads while Democratic-allied ones have invested $17 million, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant.

To try to compensate for the large influx of GOP supported money, unions are trying to help boost their Democratic allies. The Service Employees International Union and National Nurses United this week started ad campaigns against several candidates, including Nevada Republican senatorial nominee Sharron Angle and California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

Filed under: 2010 • Ads • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. The Chamber of Commerce is Using Foreign Money To BankRoll Republicans . . .

    Is Karl Rove using foreign money too – YOU BETCHA!

    October 5, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Crossroads is "Karl Rove" aka George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; and don't forget that before you jump on the bandwagon. There are so many different political groups asking for your money and support and you don't know who they are or where their money is coming from or where your money is going. It's no different than a panhandler on a street corner holding a sign asking for money, you give not knowing you are supporting a drug or alcohol habit. I'm just saying, but not all panhandlers fit the above.

    October 5, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    American Crossroads has corporate donations from everwhere flowing in. I wouldn't doub tif some of that money is coming from foreign countries.

    Republican Party = Best Politician Money Can Buy

    October 5, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. 28 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    GOOD! It's about time that EVERYBODY got to contribute and support their candidates, not just all of the unions funneling millions and millions of their membership money to the DemocRATs no matter what their members may have wanted. The leftists and Progressives ALWAYS try to limit their opponents in any way they can so they can stack the deck in their favor.

    October 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Cosmo

    "These groups are expected to spend an estimated $500 million on the mid-term elections, according to an estimate by the Center for Public Integrity"

    This has the stench of Karl Rove and Texas oil money all over it. Americans need to demand that these entities publish who their donors are. Don't let corporations and foreign oil money decide who your representatives in Congress will be. There is nothing more unpatriotic and unAmerican than putting our government up for sale. The Supreme Court should be ashamed for its ruling in the Citizens United case. Roberts and Alito certainly reneged on their pledges not to be activist judges.

    October 5, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. barry

    Good job Karl! It's the only way we have a fighting chance after the liberals gave the stimulus money to corrupt unions to give back to the corrupt Democrats that gave it to them in the first place. Talk about special interest....

    October 5, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "The leftists and Progressives ALWAYS try to limit their opponents in any way they can so they can stack the deck in their favor."

    Hey genius, the Citizens United decision destroyed legislation tha applied EQUALLY to corporate entities and unions. Moreover, all the other legislation that still exists does as well. There's nothing lopsided going on favoring the unions, which is pretty much why corporate America and their foreign backers have an undeniable and obscene advantage.

    If you'd like to make a point, I would suggest pointing out that the Dems receive tons of money from large corporate interests as well, albeit arguably much less than the GOP does through it's 527s that allow the donors to remain hidden. Corporate interests like to hedge their bets and while they would, for the most part, prefer the better puppets in the GOP, they certainly don't see a problem with buying a few Dems just in case.

    October 5, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Barry – you need to stop watching Fox News. They're lying to you and it's hurting all of us.

    Republican Pacs have spent about $80 Million (that's right, that's million folks) dollars this election season, outspending Democrats 7-1 (thanks John Roberts for giving free rein to corporations inside and outside of our borders to buy elections). They don't have a plan other than to continue the policies that brought us to the brink of destruction. But they do have money. Stop watching commercials. Remember what they did to John Kerry (we got a new word – swiftboating). Those were billionaires who had an interest in the status quo – that being no regulation, no worker safety, no taxes for them. Same thing this time around, without having to tell us who they are and where this money comes from. The only plus I see is ad agencies are keeping some of us employed right now. Just don't watch the ads. They don't have to tell us the truth.

    October 5, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "It's the only way we have a fighting chance after the liberals gave the stimulus money to corrupt unions to give back to the corrupt Democrats that gave it to them in the first place. "

    Translation: "I don't care if our roads decay and our bridges collapse! I'm sick of driving by minority construction workers doing those jobs because of the Stimulus Bill, and I'm 100% unwilling to consider, even for a second, the necessity and merit of maintaining the country's infrastructure if it means more paid construction workers who can afford their union dues. Destroy the unions so we can pay them a subsistence wage and I'll be happy to see minority contruction workers employed! Wahtever happened to things that made this country great like slave labor for the Chinese and Irish building the transcontinental railroad?"

    October 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Shari from Madison

    Well what does anyone expect? Republican's feel they can buy anything, even an election. I really would like to know who is contributing thru them. I wouldn't be surpised if it was CEO's and other rich fat cats that care only for themselve's and to he"""ll with the rest of us. I also wouldn't be surpised if the contributitors are white supremacists who consider the HOLOCAUST as a story made up by jews. Whatever else they are, I call them classist idiots and bigots.

    October 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Shawn

    More foreign money trying to influence the election in favor of Republicans - because foreign entities know that only the Republican party can bring down America.

    October 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    BTW: "The leftists and Progressives ALWAYS try to limit their opponents in any way they can so they can stack the deck in their favor."

    You might try doing a little research as to the massive vote suppression efforts going on around the country, led by GOP and Teatard groups in places like Harris County, TX. CNN might want to take a look at the outrageous claims being made by these voter suppression efforts as well, because they are far and away verifiably false. Of course, we're not hearing a peep about it because it would destroy the upcoming conservative narrative in every lost race that "it was stolen by trucking in illegal immigrants and, therefore, we simply must file suit and prevent these Dems from being seated and voting on behalf of their constituents." Just watch. There will be court challenges everywhere that a GOPer or Teatard loses a close race they were convinced they should have won, and they've already started the pre-game warmup with groups like True The Vote engaged in massive misinformation scams to delegitimize and challenge voter registration efforts in minority communities. C'mon CNN, do your job...you'll no doubt have a grand old time with the follow up story when TX redistricts itself in 2011 to marginlize the massive minority community in Harris County too.

    October 5, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. 28 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    There's nothing lopsided going on favoring the unions, which is pretty much why corporate America and their foreign backers have an undeniable and obscene advantage.
    Oh really? Does the union poll it's membership to determine which candidate or party to support and divide the money/support accordingly? Or do they just take their members money in the form of "dues" and send it right to the DemocRATS? (of course after siphoning millions off to support THEIR lifesyles!)

    October 5, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    I just hope after spending ALL OF THIS MONEY – they FAIL!!!! Money can't buy LOVE – and MONEY can't buy an ELECTION!! In reality, it shouldn't!!!!! (Well the MONEY and the LOVE thing might work.............LOL) ALL JOKES ASIDE!!

    $500 Million dollars is enough to STIMULATE the State of Virginia – and many other states!!! What in the HELL is going on? The 527 groups – Crossroads, etc., are hate groups and have ROVER’s name written all over it!!!

    AMERICANS – Ignore the ADS and keep in mind when you see a NEGATIVE ONE coming from the hate mongers, they are doing just that, HATING – THINK about where the MONEY came from to RUN the ADS – THINK about the CORRUPTION and OBSTRUCTION the RepubliCAN’Ts caused the last two years- THINK about who the RepubliCAN’Ts truly and embed it in your mind that IT’S NOT YOU – THINK about how they BRAG and STATE that they want THEIR America back that NEVER belonged to them in the first place – just THINK!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it – WIN the RACE in November 2010 so we can continue to put America back on the right track!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 5, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. LandofOz

    If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. – Woodrow Wilson

    A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. – Woodrow Wilson

    The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. – Woodrow Wilson

    All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.  – Thomas Jefferson

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty." – Theodore Roosevelt

    October 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. steven harnack

    This just makes me sick. These are the same people that are saying that if we don't exempt them from paying taxes then they can't afford to hire any workers. Well $500,000,000 would put how many people to work? Please don't think that these people have any ideas other than to get that money back tenfold from their Republican lackeys!

    October 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Me

    I didn't see Karl Rove's name mentioned in the article...not once!
    I also noticed that CNN's Jessica Yellin and Kevin Bohn failed to mention where they get their money from (a few select conservative billionaires)

    CNN needs to keep up with its competition. Rachel Maddow reported on this last night. Her report was MUCH better, more detailed and MUCH more informative.

    Step yo game up CNN

    October 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Lazy reporting Jessica and Kevin. How about mentioning that "American Crossroads" was started by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, doesn't disclose it's donors and is now under investigation by the IRS.

    Do your job CNN. Report the entire story.

    October 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    I pretty much agree with Sniffit. And here is my question about the recent Supreme Court Ruling on campaigns and corporations....if corporations are, according to the majority decision, considered as people...then why can't they run for office. Hey, next election let's have MIcrosoft run for Washington State Senator. Once they win their Board of Directors through the CEO can represent them in DC.

    October 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Eddie

    @ barry u watch way too much fox news. Do even realize only half the stimlus was use, thats about 3 yrs worth of the iraq war. just face it u stuck with a black man ar ur POTUS 4 6 more yrs buddy, hate to be the bearer of bad news to ya. and what union received any funds?

    October 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. What is the country coming to


    October 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |