Obama Administration Seeks to Limit ‘Dark Money’ Groups Like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS

Obama Administration Seeks to Limit 'Dark Money' Groups After IRS Tea Party Scandal

Obama Administration Seeks to Limit ‘Dark Money’ Groups After IRS Tea Party Scandal

The Obama administration is seeking to rein in the ‘dark money’ groups that spend millions in political campaigns without divulging their donor information. It’s about time.

In draft guidance to be issued by Treasury and the IRS, the administration proposes new standards for tax-exempt groups like the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS and Organizing for Action, the offshoot of President Obama’s own campaign apparatus.

“This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations,” said Mark Mazur, Treasury’s assistant secretary for tax policy.

The move springs directly from the controversy over IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, which began after compliance officers singled out political groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. Source: The Hill

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Benches Karl Rove and Dick Morris, Can’t Appear Without Permission

Karl Rove, The math behind the curtain

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Benches Karl Rove and Dick Morris, Can’t Appear Without Permission (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports Fox News chief Roger Ailes has benched Karl Rove and Dick Morris for now. Producers must now get permission before booking either of the two men. You will recall Karl Rove had an on-air squabble over the network’s polling analysts calling Ohio for President Obama in the Nov. 6 elections. Dick Morris had predicted a Mitt Romney landslide, which was quite the opposite. Um, Romney got the shellacking. Gabriel Sherman reports the explanation for the benching of both men is that the “election is over.”

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Incestuous Bleeding of GOP Started at 66 Canal Center Plaza with Jeff Larson RNC Chief of Staff

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

Incestuous Bleeding of GOP Started at 66 Canal Center Plaza with Jeff Larson RNC Chief of Staff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Red State founder Erick Erickson is one conservative I can tolerate. He has a new column out that slams the Republican Party, saying the ” root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.”

This is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. The fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza reveals a tangled web of incestuous relationships among Republican consultants who have made millions all while the GOP went down the tubes. Here the top party consultants waged war with conservative activists and here they waged war with the Democrats. On both fronts, they raked in millions along the way with a more fractured, minority party in their wake. And they show no signs of recognizing just how much a part of the problem they are.

According to a Lexis business search, the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza houses the following groups:

  • Crossroads Media
  • Black Rock Group
  • WWP Strategies
  • Restore Our Future
  • Targeted Victory
  • DDC Advocacy/Blue Front Strategies
  • Target Point Consulting
  • Digital Franking
  • Americans for Job Security

The New York Times has a great graphic on these relationships.  Source:  Red State

We have written pretty extensively about the money that flowed in the presidential campaign in favor of Mitt Romney from some of the same organizations Erickson mentions, Restore Our Future, Crossroads Media and Americans for Job Security, in particular. They stopped at nothing to muddy up the waters on both sides. Karl Rove’s grimy fingers are all over this as well. It is a sad commentary that all these Republican consultants made millions pushing a vile and disturbing “Republican Party brand” that insulted women, blacks, gays and lesbians, and Latinos.

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The Republican Party has a Big Problem Named Karl Rove

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  Rove spends more for Republican candidates than the NRSC and the NRCC. He’s running things. Rove is definitely a problem.”

— GOP strategist Rick Tyler, interviewed by BuzzFeed, on the power of Karl Rove in the Republican party.

My two cents:  From his questionable relationship with Fox News and his on-air confrontation with voting analysts at the network over calling Ohio for President Obama, as well as the super PACs he is connected with, it is evident that the Republican Party has a problem named Karl Rove. It’s hysterically funny that he spent millions to defeat President Obama and other Democratic candidates and they all won. His negative ads had virtually no effect on how people voted.

The reality the Republican Party faces is two-fold — the  dark money and Super PACs didn’t deter voters from supporting President Obama and his win leaves them with a demographic dilemma:

If Prince William looks like the future of the country, Democrats have so far developed a much more successful strategy of appealing to that future. On Tuesday, President Obama beat Mitt Romney by almost 15 percentage points in Prince William, nearly doubling George W. Bush’s margin over Al Gore in 2000, helping Mr. Obama to a surprisingly large victory in Virginia.

He did it not only by winning Hispanic voters, but also by winning strong majorities of the growing number of Asian-American voters and of voters under age 40. A version of his coalition in Virginia — a combination of minorities, women and younger adults — also helped Mr. Obama win Colorado, Nevada and perhaps Florida, which remained too close to call. He came close in North Carolina, a reliable state for Republican presidential nominees only a few years ago that he narrowly won in 2008.

The demographic changes in the American electorate have come with striking speed and have left many Republicans, who have not won as many electoral votes as Mr. Obama did on Tuesday in 24 years, concerned about their future. The Republicans’ Southern strategy, of appealing mostly to white voters, appears to have run into a demographic wall.

American Crossroads pro-GOP expenses:  http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C00487363&cycle=2012.

Crossroads GPS pro-GOP expenses:  http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cmte=C90011719&cycle=2012