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Published — September 19, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS charges into congressional race

Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads set to spend more than $10 million on presidential, Senate and House races

Introduction

Crossroads GPS, a conservative nonprofit outside spending group, began a $2.3 million ad campaign Wednesday, including the Crossroads network’s first reported foray into congressional races and ads in four hotly contested Senate races. With its entry into the House race, Crossroads is now active at all levels of the national election.

This campaign is part of a larger $10 million-plus offensive from Republican strategist Karl Rove’s Crossroads network that began this week. Super PAC American Crossroads just announced an $8.8 million campaign targeting President Barack Obama.

Crossroads GPS’ ads target Senate races in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin as well as New York’s 1st Congressional District, where Republicans have become adamant about ousting Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop:

  • Number One” opposes Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who faces a challenge from Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. A report with the Federal Election Commission shows the initial buy cost $615,000.
  • Shameful” opposes Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who is challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller. The ad focuses on her support of the Affordable Care Act and her ethics investigation.
  • Your Vote” opposes former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate against Rep. Rick Berg, a Republican. The ad focuses on Heitkamp’s support of the Affordable Care Act. FEC reports show the initial buy at $139,000.
  • Dang Right” opposes Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican. The ad shows Baldwin yelling, “You’re damn right we’re making a difference,” followed by the narrator asking, “Tired of all the shouting? Tammy Baldwin is just out of touch with Wisconsin.”
  • Judgment” opposes Rep. Tim Bishop, the Democrat representing New York’s 1st District. Bishop is being challenged by Republican businessman Randy Altschuler. The ad focuses on an incident in which Bishop allegedly helped a constituent in exchange for a campaign contribution.

The anti-Bishop expenditure by Crossroads is its first in this election, but Bishop is no stranger to the group.

In 2010, just after Bishop barely beat Altschuler for the first time, Crossroads launched radio ads urging Bishop to support extending tax cuts. Because the ad did not explicitly urge a yes-or-no vote for Bishop — the election had just concluded, after all — it did not need to be reported to the FEC.

The new Crossroads ads come a week after ads by Prosperity First, a super PAC that appears to be solely dedicated to ousting Bishop. Prosperity First is bankrolled by wealthy hedge fund executive Robert Mercer, as the Center for Public Integrity reported last week.

As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Crossroads GPS is not required to publicly disclose its donors.

The super PAC and nonprofit have primarily focused their spending on the presidential race. American Crossroads’ newest ad, “Next,” features business owners who say Obama’s economic policies have hurt them, including one man who says Obama treats them like “the enemy.” The presidential ads will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, according to Politico.

Crossroads is also paying more attention to the Senate. Just last week, Crossroads GPS released a $2.5 million wave of ads hitting Democrats Berkley in Nevada, Tim Kaine in Virginia and Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, as the Daily Disclosure reported.

American Crossroads’ biggest donors include Harold Simmons and his chemical company Contran Corp., homebuilder Bob Perry, former Univision owner Jerry Perenchio, and Crow Holdings, which is owned by real estate mogul Harlan Crow.

In other outside spending news:

  • Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action released “Doors,” an ad capitalizing on the secret fundraising video recently released of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
  • The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the PAC of the National Education Association, reported spending $1.1 million opposing Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican challenging Brown for U.S. Senate, and opposing Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who faces a challenge from Democrat and former teacher, Christie Vilsack.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released “A Vote Against American Energy Security,” which opposes Brown’s re-election in Ohio. The Chamber has endorsed his opponent Mandel for U.S. Senate.
  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released “Gutting Medicare,” which opposes Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. Duffy is challenged by former Wisconsin state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, a Democrat. It also ran an ad opposing former Arizona state Sen. Jonathan Paton, who is running for U.S. House in Arizona’s 1st District and an ad opposing Republican Rep. Allen West’s re-election. The DCCC reported spending $2.4 million on these and other ads.
  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released an ad opposing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock for Senate.
  • Waste” from Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democrats running for Senate, opposes former Sen. George Allen, a Republican who faces Kaine, Virginia’s former governor.
  • The Now or Never PAC, a conservative super PAC, reported spending $810,000 in support of Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., who is challenged by Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • Conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for America, which the Daily Disclosure reported released a spate of online ads this week, reported spending $2.3 million on online advertising supporting Republicans and opposing Democrats.
  • Center Forward, formerly the Blue Dog Democrats, spent $552,000 on ads opposing three Republicans: “Struggle,” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in the state’s 12th District race; “Problem” opposes Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love in the state’s 4th District race; and “Refuse” opposes Mourdock in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.