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Rove's Money Trail

All of Washington is abuzz that indictments may be handed down this week in the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the news media. And the name on everyone's lips is Karl Rove -- White House deputy chief of staff and a central figure in the probe.


Will Rove's legal troubles spell $ problems for GOP candidates? (File photo)

An indictment of Rove would carry vast implications for President Bush, who has leaned heavily on Rove's political expertise for much of his five years in office, as well as for the Republican Party as a whole. (Read The Atlantic's big Nov. 2004 piece on Rove by Josh Green.)

One of the major roles that Rove has played since helping to secure Bush's reelection last November is as a lead fundraiser for Republican candidates and state parties across the country. Newsweek reported that Rove was the leading edge of a "thank you" tour begun in March by the Bush administration that had him speaking at county gatherings and raising money for state parties.

Here's a look at fundraisers Rove has done over the past six months that have been publicly reported:

For candidates:

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- April 8
* Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl -- April 29
* New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Doug Forrester -- June 21 (two events)
* Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach -- July 19
* Maryland Senate candidate Michael Steele -- July 26
* Indiana Rep. Mike Sodrel -- Sept. 26

For state parties/Republican National Committee:

* Montana Republican Party -- March 31
* Virginia Republican Party -- June 4
* New York Conservative Party -- June 22
* Nebraska Republican Party -- July 8
* RNC (in Greensboro, N.C.) -- Sept. 15
* North Dakota Republican Party -- Sept. 24
* RNC (in Kentucky) -- Sept. 26
* Dallas (Texas) County Republican Party -- Oct. 5

Rove has canceled a handful of recent events, including a fundraiser in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 15, and another in Greenwich, Conn., to benefit the RNC two days later.

Should Rove be indicted, expect Democrats to immediately call on candidates and committees to return all campaign cash that he helped raise. How many Republicans bow to the pressure (and how quickly) would be an interesting study in political self-preservation.

Are there other Rove fundraisers we're missing? Post in the comments section or e-mail me.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2005; 9:42 AM ET
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Comments

Our Federal Leaders and State Leaders today are not for the average american. They are for the rich because they are rich and getting richer by doing as the rich want who are also getting richer. It appears that no matter what the leaders in high places do there is never punishment for them, maybe, a slap on the wrist. When are the American People going to wake up and use some common sense and see what is exactly going on? Bush is destroying the US. There is a lot of blood on his hands due to the war. This is only one thing, he is also against the older generation. There are a lot of other things that he has done damaging so numerous that I don't have time to mention. He is so cocky and also ignorant, and selfish.

Posted by: Betty Hyde | October 27, 2005 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Since when is raising money not a good thing for either party?

Posted by: billy bob | October 26, 2005 5:47 PM | Report abuse

It appears fund raising by Republicans is a bad thing, but not so for Democrats. Come on already.

Posted by: maria | October 26, 2005 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Asking beneficiaries of Karl Rove's fundraising to return the money is a bad idea.

It is a GOOD idea w/r/t Tom Delay because the money raised is, in fact, dirty. Delay's fundraising was an ilegal enterprise; Rove's was just that of a good soldier tending his political IOU's. Maybe they'll send him cookies in prison.

Posted by: Casey | October 26, 2005 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Asking beneficiaries of Karl Rove's fundraising to return the money is a bad idea.

It is a GOOD idea w/r/t Tom Delay because the money raised is, in fact, dirty. Delay's fundraising was an ilegal enterprise; Rove's was just that of a good soldier tending his political IOU's. Maybe they'll send him cookies in prison.

Posted by: Casey | October 26, 2005 5:23 PM | Report abuse

No typo was made, there should not be any questions about "there", other than whether they're (Republicans) going to do the right thing by giving back their money if a criminal helped raise it.

Posted by: mlewis | October 26, 2005 4:09 PM | Report abuse

well, don't expect any indictments. not gonna happen, nothing major anyway. next week this will blow away like all of the other horrible things these guys have done/are doing.

wouldn't it be amazing if there was an active political party that opposed the republicans? maybe someday..

Posted by: hahha | October 26, 2005 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Thought The Fix was a blog where minor typos are allowed... Chrisss, as usualll: greatt jobb...

Posted by: Marve | October 26, 2005 1:03 PM | Report abuse

hear! hear!

I have come to believe most Republicans have a rod up there!

Just ask Dick he'll tell you this "Yes,why do you think I always look like I am in constant pain"....

And please do not tell me this is "insutling" and "insensitive" to a man who had upth-teen surgeries

It's his fault Bush asked him to pick a VP and he picked himself!!

He knew his health wasn't so great going when he stepped in

Posted by: dassy | October 26, 2005 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Did Mr. Rove gain speaking fees for his tour? Who paid for his trip?

Posted by: leftlung | October 26, 2005 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like someone is on edge today because THEIR heros at the White House are going to get indicted. Just relax would ya.

Posted by: Jisco | October 26, 2005 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't write any more until you learn the difference between "their" and "there." This is insulting to readers and a hint that you are lazy.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 26, 2005 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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