October 13th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
12 years ago

American Crossroads boasts $13 million haul for week, starts spending on House races

New York (CNN) - American Crossroads, the Republican group backed by GOP consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, will launch its first television ads supporting GOP House candidates this week, as officials there boast about a fundraising surge in the wake of White House attacks on the organization.

A spokesman for American Crossroads, Jonathan Collegio, says the group, along with its affiliate American Crossroads GPS, will begin airing television ads in eight House districts on Friday, and plans to go into 15 House races by Election Day. So far, the group's focus has been on Senate races.

Separately, Collegio says American Crossroads and American Crossroads GPS have raised $13 million dollars since last Tuesday, when the Obama Administration stepped up its criticism of the organization for its big spending against Democrats without disclosing donors.

"Obama and the Democrats are shining the spotlight on us and a lot of Democrats are going to have to address their thank you notes to the White House and DNC when they lose this November," said Collegio.

Collegio says the new influx of cash brings the total money raised to $56 million so far for both arms of the group. This comes on the same day that Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois becomes the latest Democrat to call for an investigation into the groups' tax status.

American Crossroads plans to spend $2 million dollars on its initial advertisements in House races, which will focus mostly on striking behind what Collegio calls the Democrats "firewall" – competitive seats, but ones Democrats see as safer than others. American Crossroads sources admit they are also hoping to force Democrats to spend money on races where they would not otherwise have invested.

For example, American Crossroads will air ads against Democrat Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Zach Space in Ohio. Democratic party officials have said they are more confident about those candidates, but officials at American Crossroads say their internal polling shows they are beatable.

The group will also air an ad against New York Democrat Maurice Hinchey in his district, which had been considered relatively safe. The American Crossroads source says internal data shows Hinchey is vulnerable, so the group is investing there since the Republican party is not.

In fact, although the group is not legally permitted to coordinate with campaigns or the Republican party, American Crossroads officials say they are closely monitoring where the National Republican Campaign Committee is spending its resources, so that they can help elsewhere.

Another example of that is in Hawaii. Republican Charles Djou won a special election earlier this year in what had been a long time Democratic seat. The NRCC is not investing in Djou's race, so American Crossroads made it one of the eight races where it will air ads starting Friday.

"That is traditionally a Democratic seat, and holding that is just as important as picking up another," said an American Crossroads official.

Other House races where the group will launch ads: races against New York Democrats Dan Maffei and Scott Murphy and Florida's Alan Grayson. It will also air an ad to help Republican Dan Lungren's re-election campaign in California.

American Crossroads is coordinating with other GOP groups also running ads in House races, including American Action Network, and the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity.

The Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity was started by veteran Republican strategist Scott Reed.

An official there says the group is already airing ads in 15 House districts, and plans to invest in 27 House races by Election Day, with the goal of raising and spending $25 million.

Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Congress • Ed Gillespie • Fundraising • Karl Rove
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Stupid Americans

    Do you people really think the Republicans have your Best Interests at Heart. They could care less. You watch the economy sink sink sink if the GOP takes over!!! Mark My word. More jobs outsourced, all social programs cut. The Rich get Richer, and all these socalled Tea baggers and blue collar workers who support the GOP will be sitting their clueless as usual so go ahead. Remember you will get exactly what all of you deserve, and I will be there smiling.!!!! Jerks!!

    October 13, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. The reality is...

    sonny chapman – I'll take Corporate America any day over Marxist Obama and "Progressives". At least in Corporate America even the little guy has a chance to climb to the top (unless, of course, the government takes control and keeps all the lil guys in place at the bottom). BTW were you indoctrinated in one of the good ol' U.S. government schools? Have you ever wondered why the Liberals don't want vouchers and more access to private schooling for ALL of our youngsters?

    October 13, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. jae

    for 21 days. I know Faux tells you everything, but if you do a little research yourself, you will find that if the donations are less then $100, they do not need to disclose. did you know that when you are disrespecting the President of the United States. What did you say about the people who said bad things about your President Bush? That is why we say that you are a racist. Can you disagree, when you racist people people call him Obozo for trying to fix the mess bushy made?

    October 13, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. S. in California

    Spend ALL the money you want. It won't buy you republican control. I firmly believe republican control is lost FOREVER. CNN and other media outlets want you to believe democrats are all washed up. People don't be fooled. Just get out and vote. Your vote DID make a difference in 2008 and it WILL make a difference in November. Sooner or later pigs such as Rove will play their last card and their house will come tumbling down on them. I've seen many like him come and go. He's like a postage stamp you place on a letter and want to pull it off and use it again. He's WASHED UP FOLKS! We're not buying it! Use your common sense and go out and vote against filth like him and his kind. Show him YOUR vote IS NOT for sale.

    Democrats. Right for America.

    October 13, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. carlos

    13 million from 4 donors???????????????....release their names, ..........and for 21 Days until Socialism dies in the United States
    ...are you still wagging your tail?????....you will follow the path of socialism......of course, you will not be missed.

    October 13, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    All the right wing nonsense being repeated on the CNN posts is really a good thing – it won't let us forget just how sick these people are.
    These lies and deceptions belong on fox media.
    Soon (after Nov 2) they'll be claiming their failure to win back control is because of liberal space aliens. The reason the loose is because the rest of the thinking public is tired of your faux-macho school yard antics. Running a governement is serious, and if you continue to act like spoiled little children you'll continue to stay in time out.

    October 13, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. sonny

    American taliban in the making....end of democracy...beginning of dictatorship.

    October 13, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Lisa, Miami

    This is the end of the democracy!


    October 13, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. carlos

    bunch of hos.................it will not help.........why vote for criminals, especially for candidates backed by the egg head rove.......first they should educate them and try to raise their IQ s........not happening.

    October 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Ann

    Ever since Barack Obama cleaned the clocks of the Republicans in 2008 they have been spinning like tops trying to find a way to copy his strategy and hopefully use it to beat him in 2010. Here is the problem for the Republicans, Barack Obama, has a great personality, he is extremely smart, he communicates at the highest level and still he can speak to the youth and the ordinary people on the street in their lingo and most importantly he had a message and delivered that message well. Carl Rove and company can't figure out out to match Mr. Obama so they think that all the need to copy is racking in the cash as he was able to do in 2008. Well Mr. Rove you and your cronies are lacking the other talents and no amount of money can help you this is a new era and the masses have finally found someone who they can identify with in Mr. Obama, You and your ilk need more than money you need to get a clue.

    October 13, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Representative Democracy on the brink

    Well...as everyone can see, the paranoid right has bought the dribble fed to them by their own operatives...if the right regained the majority through the election process without the endless harranging of those in power and controlling the "strings", or without the ceaseless 24/7 assualt via TV and radio, then ok, that is how it is suppose to work. Moaning about Obama's fund raising as if that is comparable to corporate flood gates being allowed, is like comparing the "right" to the "left", and calling them similar in thinking. Nowwhere in the Constitution of the United States does it say that corporations have or should have, the rights and freedoms of the "people"...WE THE PEOPLE...not WE THE PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS, is the preamble...

    October 13, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Democrat

    I know someone who contributed to Obama campaign in 2008 – ME !.

    October 13, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. k

    Why can't Karl Rove Die, people like Karl Rove do not deserve to live

    October 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    Of course when the unions fund elections, we know where the money's coming from. We know nothing about these mysterious sources that can cough up so much money so fast for groups like American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and the US Chamber. If they succeed in buying the election for their candidates, who will those candidates truly represent? Obviously not the people who voted for them. Ah, life in a corporate dictatorship....

    October 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Kenneth

    Wow people are overlooking the basic fundamentals ... WHY DOES IT TAKE SO MUCH MONEY FROM ANY POLITICAL PARTY TO RUN FOR OFFICE??? Why does it take so many "exaggerations" of the truth to attempt to put in place people who have the BEST INTEREST of the country in office? Money = CORRUPTION! Basic fact, so instead of focusing on who is running for office we need to focus on the MONEY behind the candidates, where it is coming from, and what the agenda is of those who are providing the funds. IN ALL PARTIES!!!

    October 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. louie

    Rove is a master on hiding and avoiding transparency always have , during the bushwaco admins. he devaited the press and amended the bill for contricbutions to hide th epeople behind the moneys for future

    October 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Jan

    Can't believe that people can't see thru these unscrupulios thugs like Rove and Gillispie who are backed by big corporations who want to be able to send jobs overseas and then sell them at high prices and could care less about the workers of this country. Well eventually the well is going to run dry and there will be no who can afford to buy their products. Rove should be behind bars for the harm he has done to this country. That would wipe that arrogant, smug smile off his ugly face.

    October 13, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. 21 Days until Corporate Foreign Influence is Defeated along with The Republicans

    We believe in electing Republicans and Outsourcing American Jobs:

    This ad has been sponsered by the Chamber of Commerce – Inda Division

    October 13, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Big George in Big D

    The democRATS have consistently shown that they cannot manage their own butts much less this country's! Losers! They just never learn. Vote the bums out and get this country back on the right track.

    October 13, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. a in austin

    The kind of money being spent on these campaigns could put a lot of Americans to work. The majority of this money is not grassroots – its foreign donaters and those top 2% who keep the GOBP begging to push through the Bush tax cuts. I find this deplorable with so many Americans unemployed.

    October 13, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. 21 Days until Corporate Foreign Influence is Defeated along with The Republicans

    Vote Republican so We Can Return to The Karl Rove policies of Outsourcing American jobs overseas

    This ad has been paid for by the Chamber of Commerce – Inda Division

    October 13, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. JSH

    Republicans hope to bring you the best government that Chinese money can buy. Only a fool would vote for the GOP. If Americans put the Republicans back in power, they deserve every single thing that comes their way, which will be a worse economy, fewer jobs and more Chinese junk on the shelves.

    October 13, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. John

    Boy it don't take you REPUBLICAN long to forget,the REPUBLICAN had the White House for 8 years with BUSH and control of the house for 6 of those years. That way we or fighting two war.One the REPUBLICAN had to lie about so America people would think it was alright. But their WMD weapon there never find,because they wasn't there in the first place. Than you REPUBLICAN spent 14 TRILLIONS DOLLARS on fighting and REBUILDING IRAQ who was there own oil fields. COME on AMERICA don't you think it time too stop believing the lie the REPUBLICAN are telling you and vote for the less of two evil. I'm Independent voter,use to be a REPUBLICAN.

    October 13, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Ben

    Heck....both side do it. Just remember Republicans when you get back into office you are on PROBATION.

    October 13, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. ATL Guy

    I am very concerned by the influx and influence of these anonymous dollars from outside groups. Very very concerned. This just shows the hypocrisy of the Tea Party.

    October 13, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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