Plutocratic terrorist group American Crossroads, what’s known in the post-Citizen’s United world as a “super PAC” was a prominent player in Republican 2010 election victories, and now Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has joined the dark side’s evil mastermind Karl Rove to help raise money for 2012 so he can steal some more elections.
According to the Washington Post, American Crossroads raised $28 million in the 2010 election cycle. According to Salon, “In August , American Crossroads raised $2,639,052. Fully $2.4 million of that — or 91 percent — came in the form of gifts from just three billionaires.”
Politico reported in 2010 that,
Crossroads GPS is registered under a section of the tax code that does not require it to reveal its donors and won’t require the disclosure of any of its finances until as late as November 2011, so it’s impossible to ascertain the fundraising breakdown between the two groups.
Collegio said the groups, which were created this year at the encouragement of former Bush political advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie and set an ambitious $52 million fundraising goal, have raised a combined $32.5 million.
It just goes to show, rich folks won’t pay taxes but they’re sure willing to pay to keep from paying taxes. The GOP moneyed class is pulling out all the stops to preserve their privileged status as non-taxpaying citizens who nonetheless control the votes.
The Washington Post is reporting that
The “super PAC” and its nonprofit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, will aim to raise an eye-popping $240 million during the 2012 cycle, putting the alliance far ahead of its rivals on either side of the political spectrum. The groups raised a combined $71 million in 2010 and say they have exceeded their own goals by raising $24.5 million so far this year.
Thanks to the Citizens United ruling, plutocrats are able to declare open season on democracy, and as you can see, Haley Barbour, who has in the past raised tons for Big Oil and Big Tobacco, is all in.
The way this works is that both American Crossroads (a 527 committee under the IRS tax code) and its nonprofit branch, Crossroads GPS, can raise unlimited funds. The difference is that Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4), is a nonprofit “social welfare” group, limiting it to spending no more than half its resources on politics, though it can spend all it wants on advertising, polling, etc. Oh, and only the super PAC has to disclose its donations publicly thanks to Crossroads GPS’ 501(c)(4) status.
Steven J. Law, former United States Deputy Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and current President and CEO of American Crossroads, is ecstatic:
“Both Governor Barbour and Karl Rove are prodigious fundraisers and brilliant strategists, and we are honored to have them both engaged with us. We are reaching high in our fundraising goals because we believe this is going to be a destiny-shaping election for our country.”
In other words, the U.S. Constitution (what’s left of it) is ground zero for the largest terrorist attack in human history. The good news (if it can be called that) is that it’s unsure who this bastard child of the Supreme Court will help. Rove doesn’t like Perry, Barbour, or at least some in his camp, do, though the Mississippi governor has yet to endorse anyone.
According to OpenSecrets.org, American Crossroads has used it’s money in the following fashion during the 2012 election cycle:
Independent Expenditures, Communication Costs and Coordinated Expenses as of September 10, 2011:
Grand Total: $952,255
Total For Democrats: $0
Total Against Democrats: $488,298
Total For Republicans: $88,741
Total Against Republicans: $375,216
They also put out an online anti-Obama video in anticipation of his jobs speech, called a “Job Loss Calendar”. The three minute-long video opens with the question, “After more than 30 months of record unemployment, the question arises: How many jobs have Obama’s policies destroyed?” and concludes “With nearly 14 million Americans out of work, the best jobs policy might be to start repealing his own policies.”
 OpenSecrets.org explains these cost: Independent expenditures are ads that expressly advocate the election or defeat of specific candidates and are aimed at the electorate as a whole. Under federal rules, these expenditures must be made completely independent of the candidates, with no coordination, and they can only be made by the organization’s PAC.
Internal communication costs are internal political messages generally aimed only at the members of a union or organization, or company executives. These may be coordinated with the candidates and can be paid for directly from the organization’s treasury.