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Groups Who Are Funding Elections

March 3, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Action Network, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies reported spending a combined $97.6 million during the 2010 election cycle.

Money makes the world go round – in America it controls politics and heavily influences our government legislators, related legislation, and policy decisions.

OpenSecrets.org Reports:

American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and American Action Network were all launched last year. And they hope to continue to have a significant effect on future elections.

American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, for instance, intend to raise a whopping $120 million for the 2012 election cycle, as OpenSecrets Blog reported Tuesday.

The rise of these deep-pocketed conservative groups, furthermore, has been aided by well-connected political hands.

Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s former adviser, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie helped birth American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

Steven Law, the head of these two groups, is the former general counsel at the Chamber of Commerce and former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

And American Action Network is headed by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and shares office space with the two Rove-backed Crossroads groups.

As a so-called 527 organization-turned-super PAC, American Crossroads discloses information about its donors to the Federal Election Commission.

Both Crossroads GPS and American Action Network, however, are organized under section 501(c)4 of U.S. tax code as nonprofit organizations, and thus, they that are not required to disclose any information about their donors. The Chamber of Commerce, too, is not required to disclose information about its donors.

By the Center’s calculations, liberal groups, conservative outfits and nonpartisan political action committees spent a combined $297 million on advertisements and other communications lauding their preferred candidates, attacking politicians they disagreed with and touting their pet issues. Legally known as independent expenditures, electioneering communications and communication costs, these expenses were regularly reported to the FEC during the 2010 election cycle.

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