Archive for American Crossroads

Karl Rove and his super PAC are a-skeered of Ashley Judd


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Check out this $10,000 attack ad buy brought to you by Karl Rove's conservative super PAC American Crossroads. They must be mighty worried to go to all that trouble. The spot mocks Ashley Judd, who is thinking about a Senate run against Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Oh how sweet it would be to see her defeat Mitch "make Obama a one-term president" McConnell.

Ashley Judd responded via her publicist:

WaPo: “Ashley thanks Senator McConnell, Karl Rove, and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her future political plans, although a decision hasn’t been made yet.”

And thank you for the free press and extra boost in the name recognition department, Karl and Co.

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VIDEO: The People's Indictment of Karl Rove


I'm running late, and slooowww, today, but this jump-started me:


On June 20, 2012, Nick Nyhart, CEO and President of Public Campaign, Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, Tracy Leatherberry of Common Cause and others delivered a people's indictment for crimes against our democracy to Karl Rove, American Crossroads, and Crossroads GPS.

Detailing an attempt to subvert and sell our democracy, the indictment was also mic check'd from the street by hundreds of protesters in 100 degree DC heat. The protest was organized by the Campaign for America's Future, OurDC and others who took to the street.

The people demanded Rove cease and desist immediately.

The following actions establish probable cause that crimes against our democracy did in fact occur.

COUNT I: Collusion with secretive groups and state legislatures to keep people from exercising their right to vote;

COUNT II: Conspiracy with billionaires to elect politicians who will do their bidding at the expense of the health and security of the 99 percent;

COUNT III: Engaging in fraudulent use of nonprofit status in order to shield their political activities from public scrutiny;

COUNT IV: Laundering political cash through supposed social welfare groups to deny Americans the knowledge of who is trying to buy their elections;

COUNT V: Silencing the voices of everyday voters by flooding our elections
with corporate money from the 1 percent.

You are hereby commanded to cease and desist from these actions that undermine our democracy and the American dream. Failure to comply may result in citizens' arrest.

Organized by Campaign for America's Future, Rebuild the Dream, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, The Other 98%, Health Care for America Now, Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Public Citizen, SEIU and others.


Karl Rove super PAC apologizes for tasteless "joke" about Commerce Secretary John Bryson


Via an email alert:

Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two hit-and-run crashes in the San Gabriel Valley, the Commerce Department said today.

Los Angeles County officials have reported that Bryson, 68, was involved in the two hit-and-run incidents in the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday before being found unconscious inside his Lexus by authorities.

More soon at

Per MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell just now, he's been released from the hospital. There was no alcohol, no drug impairment, and was driving his own car on his own personal time.

Funny stuff, huh? No? You don't think so? Well, you would be correct, as opposed to say, the Twitter account of Karl Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads:


Oh, but that's okay, they said they were sorry:

(CNN) - American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, apologized on Twitter Monday after using the social messaging site to suggest Commerce Secretary John Bryson was intoxicated when he was involved in a weekend traffic accident outside Los Angeles.

Key words: "Failed miserably" and "before facts known".


VIDEO and CHART show that it's hypocritical Team Romney, not Team Obama, that's going negative


Above is an ad put out by Karl Rove's group American Crossroads, blasting President Obama for negative campaigning. Apparently they don't see the irony in this being an attack ad.

Nor the irony of the lovely graphic below, brought to you by Think Progress from a memo written by Kantar Media’s Elizabeth Wilder that shows how the hypocritical Willard Romney campaign is spending way more on negative ads than Team O is:


VIDEO- Justice Stevens agrees: Anonymous, unlimited, untraceable, unaccountable campaign money is wrong. Thanks Citizens United.


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A billion dollars. A BILLION dollars.

Imagine how that money could be used to help Americans in need.

The L.A. Times is reporting that retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who dissented from the 2010 Citizens United decision, said that President Obama was right in challenging the court’s opinion during a State of the Union speech.

He was right to say that the president was right:

“First, it did reverse a century of law; second, it did authorize unlimited election-related expenditures by America’s most powerful interests; and, third, the logic of the opinion extends to money spent by foreign entities.” [...]

“During the televised debates among the Republican candidates for the presidency, the moderators made an effort to allow each speaker an equal opportunity to express his or her views,” he said, speaking in Little Rock, Ark. If there were six candidates, he said, they were given roughly the same amount of time to speak.

Both the candidates and the audience would surely have thought the value of the debate to have suffered if the moderator had allocated the time on the basis of the speakers’ wealth, or it they had held an auction allowing the most time to the highest bidder,” Stevens said.

That sums it up so well, so simply, that even a conservative can understand it.

Scroll through our posts about Citizens United here, and be sure to have some Tums nearby.


VIDEO: Cool/Not Cool - Obama vs. Romney



Please, by all means GOP, continue with your ludicrous attacks on the president because you hate that he's so damned cool, and that your guy Willard is the poster boy for awkward.

So yes, American Crossroads, we'd rather our candidate be more like this guy...

... than this guy:

H/t: @Cluelessbetty


Mystery donor gives $10 million to Crossroads GPS group to run anti-Obama ads


Jeebus, that's an awful lot of hate represented in that cash. When you feel complacent about how the race is going, remember how many eyeballs can be lied to with that kind of money.

An anonymous donor has given $10 million to run ads attacking President Obama and his policies, escalating the money race that is defining the 2012 presidential campaign. And in the new, free-wheeling environment of independent political giving, the identity of this donor, like many others, is likely to remain a permanent mystery.

The donation went to Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit group founded with support of political operative Karl Rove, which also reported another donor giving at least $10 million over the past two years, according to draft tax returns released by the organization.

The group would not identify the donors, who could be individuals, groups or corporations, and under tax and campaign laws, is not required to disclose them.

The huge contributions, which make the donors among the top political givers, offer new evidence of the altered world of campaign finance: following the Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, spending by interest groups has risen dramatically. The ruling allowed corporations, unions and nonprofits like Crossroads to spend money directly on political activity.