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Don't write off Karl Rove's group just yet!

The other day, American Crossroads, the much-ballyhooed right-wing group that counts Karl Rove among its top advisers, revealed that it had raised a whopping $200 in its first fundraising sweep. Understandably, this prompted a bit of mockery among Dems, since the group had vowed to raise untold millions to sway the midterms.

But Rove's group is now up with a new ad attacking Harry Reid that seems pretty hard hitting, and raises at least the possibility that Rove's group could be a factor. The ad seizes on Reid's recent gaffe on the Senate floor, in which he said that the news that 36,000 jobs had been lost was "really good":

The group says it's spending $120,000 to air the spot in Nevada -- the only state it's spending money in, at least for now. I'm not sure how this squares with the earlier news that it only raised $200, but I've got a call into the group, and if I get an answer, I'll update you.

Either way, it looks like it's premature to write off Rove's group as a factor, and it is now trying to raise millions of dollars from business interests to influence the outcome of the midterms. The specter of Rove makes it more imperative for Dems to pass legislation already to bring some transparency to corporate spending on our elections.

UPDATE, 11:26 a.m.: As readers remind me, Rove's group raised over $1 million to get started, so they have cash on hand for ad buys. While their fundraising has been anemic since then, it's perhaps premature to write them off.

UPDATE, 12:04 p.m.: A Dem aide responds:

"This is the number one reason Republicans oppose the bipartisan DISCLOSE Act -- they wouldn't be able to have a secret corporate slush fund to run attack ads against people fighting to reform Washington. This is also a very good reason why the Senate should act fast and pass this bill."

By Greg Sargent  |  June 29, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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I recently heard that they had raised 1.25 million to date (out of a projected 50 - 60). So I guess they've got enough in the bank for a few ad buys.

Posted by: CalD | June 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Greg, based on the link I posted a couple of weeks ago, they'd received initial funds in the amount of $1.250 million to get started. I forget who the two donors were but I'm sure you can find out. It was just in the last month they'd only raised $200 but also said they have pledges for more.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Yup, that's right, thanks guys...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Easy comeback.

Sharron Angle is on video saying that it's not a Senator's responsibility to try and bring jobs to their state.

Reid simply needs to make an ad which plays that clip, then pivots to a positive message about how things would be much worse if he wasn't in there fighting for jobs, and that he will continue to fight for jobs until Nevada gets back on it's feet.

Make it a choice. They may not like the job Harry Reid is doing to bring down unemployment in NV, but all he has to do is point out that Angle WON'T EVEN TRY.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 29, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Sharron "Right" Angle is the biggest nutbag to run for Senate in many years.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 29, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

So Sharron Angle is hiding behind Karl Rove?

Can there any doubt remaining:

Tea Party = Establishment GOP

I appreciate the NYT article about Angle you posted earlier, Greg, but I really want to see more national reporting on how the Tea Party is just an extension of the Establishment GOP.

Dick Armey, super-lobbyist, behind the anti-HCR Tea Party.

Establishment GOP pow-wow with Rand Paul.

Similar pow-wow with Angle and now Karl Rove spending money on ads for Angle.

Let's drop the BS, MSM. It's time for TRUTH IN REPORTING.

We KNOW FOR A FACT that the Tea Party is just a FRONT for the pissed off wealthy Republican establishment bigwigs.

And, in the immortal words of Rachel Maddow, "IT NEEDS TO BE REPORTED AS SUCH."

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

* Sessions Compares Citizens United To Landmark Civil Rights Case *

Sessions said, "[Marshall] was right on Brown v. Board of Education. It's akin in my view to the Citizen's United case. The court sat down and we went back to first principles--What does the Constitution say? Everybody should be equal protection of the laws."

"Is it treating people equally to say you can go to this school because of the color of your skin and you can't?" Sessions asked rhetorically. "We've now honestly concluded and fairly concluded that it violates the equal protection clause."

Ya see? The biggest corporations in human history were being OPPRESSED by the mean ol' nasty federal government who did NOTHING for them (except give them billions of dollars in subsidies to support their businesses and massive tax cuts).

Poor, poor, oppressed corporations!!!

Truly sickening.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

So, Dave Weigel has to resign and Karl Rove gets to air ads for the nitwits about whom Weigel was passing some pretty accurate judgment.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Interesting times.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 29, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand how the Tea Party/Right Wing can scream out "WE WANT OUR GOVERNMENT BACK"...

...only to hand it over lock-stock-and-barrel to giant multi-national corporations.

We see this dynamic play out EVERY SINGLE DAY. The GOP doesn't even make it a SECRET that this is their whole strategy. And the MSM SIMPLY DOESN'T CARE!!!


Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 29, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

OT, but Rubio is calling for the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy to become permanent because you know, that's where the jobs are created. Everyday is opposite day for Marco Rubio.

"This proves that Rubio is actually not at all serious about addressing deficits, as the Bush tax cuts are one of the main drivers behind the country’s long-term deficits. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found, the Bush tax cuts will cause $3.4 trillion in deficits over between 2009 and 2019. The debt-service costs caused by the Bush tax cuts amount to “$1.7 trillion over the 2009-2019 period” and more than $330 billion in 2019 alone."

"Not only that, but Rubio is incorrect that cutting taxes for the wealthy inevitably spurs job creation. The Bush tax cuts actually led to “the weakest jobs and income growth in the post-war period,” with monthly job growth the worst of any business cycle since 1945. Rubio’s call to extend the cuts for the wealthy also comes at a time when income inequality is the worst it has been since 1928. In fact, according to the latest data, “the gaps in after-tax income between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the middle and poorest fifths of the country more than tripled between 1979 and 2007.”

Posted by: lmsinca | June 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse


"I just don't understand how the Tea Party/Right Wing can scream out "WE WANT OUR GOVERNMENT BACK"...only to hand it over lock-stock-and-barrel to giant multi-national corporations."

Because they are so mind numbingly stupid and afraid of some made up, existential liberal boogyman that they cease to use rational thought. They are a mob, nothing more. Mindless and angry, with no ability to be reasoned with. They have no "policy" to enact. Nothing but empty rheotoric, a flag, and fear/confusion.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 29, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

All, Boehner compares financial regulatory reform with targeting "an ant with a nuclear weapon":

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 29, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sharron, Obtuse, Angle:

Declares that; God has a plan to use Rapists to forcefully impregnate women, and therefore she, Sharron Angle opposes having such embryos aborted.

"When asked by conservative radio talk host Bill Manders whether she would support banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest Angle said there was no acceptable reason for an abortion because "God has a plan."

Manders: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?

Angle: Not in my book.

Manders: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?

Angle: You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things."

She claims she is a Christian?. Isn't she supposed to be a member of the Church Of Scientology?


Stop focusing on the Rove nonsense, and focus on the Crazy Angle:

"Angle’s idea of appealing to women:

· Tell them they’re wrong to be in the work force if their husbands are, too.
· Make it harder for women to access their OB-GYN.
· Perpetuate the lie that abortion leads to breast cancer.
· Oppose insurance companies covering mammograms. "

Posted by: Liam-still | June 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

BBQ, I get that.

What I don't get is how the media has ceded them space as if they were rational.

I don't get that we have an irrational mob essentially calling for blood and revolution -- Boehner comparing people today to 1776 -- and the media reports it without ANY critical analysis!!!

I don't get that it's just another news day.

It's like:

"The minority leader in the House today said the right wing protests of 2010 remind him of the Revolutionary War of 1776 and described the Democratic Party as 'snuffing out America.' And now to Jim with sports! How bout them Astros, eh Jim?"

I mean. WTF is wrong with this country? Forget the lunatic fringe. What's wrong with the REST of the country that such behavior is ignored or permitted? I'm not talking about activist Dems like us. Where is today's mainstream America, and mainstream media, on the Republican Party acting like a bunch of Domestic Terrorists? How can this type of behavior be totally laughed off and dismissed? All we see in the media is that this is like 1994 and Obama is weak. And people like Sarah Palin are huge media draws despite the fact that anyone with half a brain would scoff at how intellectually lacking she is.

Here is an example:

News reporters on a hot mic TRASHING Palin and her recent speech in CA.

Why don't we ever hear THAT?!?!

It's not partisan to say: "When you've got to write a report as a college student and you just try to jam as many quotes in as possible…That's what I got," but we NEVER hear that kind of analysis unless it is leaked or a "mistake."

People need to hear critical analysis of policies and statements/comments by BOTH sides. We get NONE of it. Just National Enquirer type reporting. And at a time when one political faction of this country is calling for OPEN REVOLUTION.

The USA is in DEEP DEEP trouble if we cannot think critically as a country any more. DEEP DEEP DEEEEEEEEEP TROUBLE.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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