October 11th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
12 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!"

One American Crossroads official expressed some amazement at the uptick in donations – explaining that its unusual because the group hasn't made an online fundraising pitch. The official says "its all incoming".

Steven Law, American Crossroads' President and CEO, says he believes the president's campaign rhetoric is firing up conservatives because "people see it as an abuse of power, which is what they already dislike about the current regime in Washington."

His group went out of its way to tell CNN the $30,000 that came in Sunday was from "all 100% American donors".

That's a reference to allegations that the US Chamber of Commerce has allowed contributions from foreign sources to fund its domestic political efforts – a violation of election law if proven to be true.

Obama has made this an issue on the campaign trail. At a Philadelphia rally Sunday, the president said, "The American people deserve to know who is trying to sway their elections" adding "you don't know...it could even be foreign-owned corporations."

American Crossroads did not supply CNN with a total number of contributions over the weekend.

Filed under: American Crossroads • Karl Rove • President Obama
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Steve/Oklahoma

    If Karl is involved, you know it's shady. Too bad we don't know who the repubs are selling themselves to. Just a repeat of the last time they were in power. Get ready America, the rich will do well and the rest of us will get screwed, same old republican crap.

    October 11, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Rosa, b'ham al

    I would be willing to bet that even Obama's poll numbers are better than Karl Rove in the likeability category.
    This American Crossroads is the scariest political front we have seen yet. Welcome to the new world order thanks to Roberts et al.

    October 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Rove and his cronies, along with the US Chamber of Commerce, are selling our country out to the highest bidders, whether they be in or outside our borders, all thanks to the Supreme Court who gave the go ahead for unlimited amounts of money to be dumped into our elections without revealing the sources. Our democracy is at risk. How is this not treason?

    The GOP is on track to spend between $3-5 BILLION dollars on this election, a mid-term! We need to ask ourselves what it is that's worth billions, and to who. The GOP is already wholly owned by corporations, with the Dems not trailing too far behind. My own Senator, Isakson, said he would not agree to any health care reform last year because he had to protect the profits of the insurance companies. A sitting US Senator! All pretenses of common decency have gone by the wayside.

    We're being sold out folks. And we're being manipulated to hate on each other so that we don't notice. I hope we come to our senses before its too late.

    October 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. ChumBucket

    so the dems stratagy is to go after Karl Rove? Is he running for office?

    wow, let's see how well that works.

    October 11, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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