Awesome: White House attacks on Rove’s group lead to massive influx of donations

posted at 6:24 pm on October 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Actually, that’s only half of what makes it awesome. What makes it fully awesome is that, thanks to the new money, they can now target House seats that they otherwise would have had to pass on.

Alternate headline: “Are we sure Obama’s not trying to help the GOP take back the House?”

American Crossroads, a Republican organization founded by Karl Rove and former RNC chief Ed Gillespie, is reaping the benefits that come with receiving criticism from an administration polling below 50%. Since the White House began attacking the conservative group last week for not disclosing their donors, the organization has raised $13.3 million — destroying their original fundraising goals and allowing them to target traditionally “low-risk” Democrat House seats…

Many of these donations came as a positive response to the administration’s targeted vitriol. A $250 donation from an unnamed physician, for example, came with the comment, “President Obama made me aware of you and I’m sure I’m not alone. Good luck and get the GOP as many as they can win.”…

In the wake of such a large influx of money, American Crossroads, its affiliate Crossroads GPS and two other conservative groups will be collectively dedicating $50 million to defeat Democrats in a “House surge.”

This week the group is laying down $2 million in eight house districts including NY-20, NY-22, NY-25, OH-18, HI 1, CA 3, IN-2, FL-22. “These are seats where Democrats until now thought they were safe. One of them, for example, NY-22, has not had a competitive campaign since 1992,” Collegio said.

NY-22 is Hinchey’s seat. Thanks to The One, American Crossroads is now aiming at a $65 million fundraising haul instead of $50 million. Great work, champ. But this raises a question: If Rove’s group, which has gotten off relatively easy in the White House’s smear offensive, is doing this well, how well must the Chamber of Commerce be doing these days? And to follow up on that: Why, why, why is the Chamber continuing to donate to Blue Dog Democrats while the White House indulges in penny-ante demagoguery at its expense? I understand why special interests want to remain nonpartisan; I defended the NRA’s endorsement of Democrats just last week. But the NRA’s not being lambasted daily by both the president and his highest advisors. If they were, the smart play would be to use their leverage over centrist Dems and threaten to pull their endorsements unless the candidates spoke up in the organization’s defense. It’s actually doubly nasty in this case if you believe the Chamber’s explanation for not disclosing its donor list: They fear that those donors would be harassed and intimidated by anti-business interests the same way Prop 8 supporters have been threatened in California. In that case, why not fight back? Tell the White House that if it doesn’t stop immediately, the money for Blue Dogs is gone and never coming back.

Here’s Rove on Fox this morning having fun at Obama’s expense. And here, via Ben Smith, is the sad punchline to this pathetic, desperate joke.



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I wonder if he’ll spend any on Christine O’Donnell.

Emily M. on October 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM

This is too funny.

Hey Barry, you better watch out. Karma’s an even bigger b*tch than your wife — and she’s coming for you!

AZCoyote on October 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

The Democrats are airing ads after ads that is pretty much reviving the Yellow Peril anti-Asian racism of the early century. They’ve said “China” more than they’ve mentioned “Obama”. It’s sickening.

Apologetic California on October 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Rove is using the wrong finger in that screencap.

stldave on October 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I wonder if he’ll spend any on Christine O’Donnell.

Emily M. on October 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I wonder, but good for him for the millions hes raised for Sharron Angle

blatantblue on October 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

He owes Christine a financial apology.

scrubjay on October 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

“Self inflicted damage- it’s the most delicious kind”- Not Sun Tzu

Seriously, Karl- how about a few bucks for a real constitutional scholar?

2ipa on October 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

In that case, why not fight back? Tell the White House that if it doesn’t stop immediately, the money for Blue Dogs is gone and never coming back.In that case, why not fight back? Tell the White House that if it doesn’t stop immediately, the money for Blue Dogs is gone and never coming back.

oh me likey, put some strings on that NRA money, baby. Make them declare allegiance away from the King!

joeindc44 on October 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I wonder, but good for him for the millions hes raised for Sharron Angle

blatantblue on October 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Yep, but she’s doing pretty good raising money on her own. :D

Emily M. on October 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Can you please say what the “sad punchline” is? I don’t click on Politico links anymore.

tickleddragon on October 13, 2010 at 6:37 PM

“Are we sure Obama’s not trying to help the GOP take back the House?”

Yes. Simply put, this administration has all the maturity of a daycare center. Gibbs, Axelrod, and a complicit media fuel this childishness.

BKeyser on October 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM

It’s hard to follow all this money talk (/s).

What I do know is that Zip and Big MO defo want the Republicans to win. This is pitting pits against allegations of foreign money, and I gotta tell y’all, the pits win. There’s also a dose of regular religion and a little voodoo tossed in to really scare the bejesus out of people:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/10/13/michelle_obama_it_means_the_world_that_there_are_prayer_circles_out_there.html

Make it go away!!! Spare me from the pits!!! Make that weird woman in pink disappear from my conscience!!

BTW…. how can anyone graduate from Princeton and speak something more akin to pig Latin than English?

Cody1991 on October 13, 2010 at 6:39 PM

“13.3 million, thank you very much mister president”….and Regan said that the government couldn’t help.

Mord on October 13, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Just watched the Rove video.

Better get some salve on that burn, Gibbs.

2ipa on October 13, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Tell the White House that if it doesn’t stop immediately, the money for Blue Dogs is gone and never coming back.

Better yet, tell the White House to put on their political life preservers.

In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

Burying this liberal progressive ideology will prove to Obama there is one shovel-ready project conservatives are prepared to undertake. (and all this time we thought the call was for pitchforks)

Rovin on October 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM

He owes Christine a financial apology.

scrubjay on October 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

No, he does not.

Patrick Ishmael on October 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM

And I see that being called three times a day by Michelle Bachman, her efforts have paid off with some big $$$ too.

joeindc44 on October 13, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I sure wish the President would blame me for his problems, I could really use the money!

Fatal on October 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Rove is really establishing himself this cycle.

midlander on October 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Red State Update has a sale going on they will make any campaign ad for $120 Jim Pratt took them up on it and he is getting his bang for his buck.


A Red State Update Ad: Jim Pratt for School Board (Howell, MI)

Christine O’Donnell, needs to inject some humor into this campaign.

Dr Evil on October 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Barry has been the best gun and ammunition salesman for the last two years, so this is not surprising.

GarandFan on October 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

This week the group is laying down $2 million in eight house districts including NY-20, NY-22, NY-25, OH-18, HI 1, CA 3, IN-2, FL-22. “These are seats where Democrats until now thought they were safe. One of them, for example, NY-22, has not had a competitive campaign since 1992,” Collegio said.

What about Slaughter House Rules – Ole Deem and Pass up in New York’s 28th District?

And Stupak’s old seat in Michigan’s 1st District? Dr Dan Banishek (R)?

WASHINGTON — The big money in the congressional race between Republican Jill Rowland and Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter isn’t being spent in western New York’s 28th District.

Jill Rowland takes on Louise Slaughter

Instead, it’s going from Slaughter’s campaign to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, which is helping Democratic candidates around the nation try to avert a possible Republican takeover of the House.

Slaughter, an 81-year-old former bacteriologist from Fairport — the easternmost part of the district — is a clear favorite to beat Rowland, a 41-year-old dentist from Buffalo.

Remember it was beneath Louise Slaughter’s dignity to hold any town hall meetings during the Obamacare Bill debate.

Dr Evil on October 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I can’t see the linked video of Rove, just not working (yeahm I’m at work, so might be something to do with it:)…can you post the link, pls…

jimver on October 13, 2010 at 7:10 PM

They slam Rush Limbaugh…his ratings go through the roof.

They attack fox news, and more people watch than ever before.

They slam Karl Rove and his fundraising explodes.

Two points:
First: I think that the Administration is made up of slow learners.
Second: what can I do to get them to attack me?

Blaise on October 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

This week the group is laying down $2 million in eight house districts including NY-20, NY-22, NY-25, OH-18, HI 1, CA 3, IN-2, FL-22.

Awesome!

FL-22 is the seat Lt. Col. Allen West is trying to win.

aquaviva on October 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I may be paranoid conspiracy mongering but I believe Obama and his merry band of smear czars are setting up a bogus legal pretext to suspend and invalidate the results of the 2010 election.
I’m just sayin’

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Didn’t Obama himself get a big ol’ paycheck from a foreign entity just recently? As I recall, he took that money and donated it to his favorite charities.

MayBee on October 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Two points:
First: I think that the Administration is made up of slow learners.
Second: what can I do to get them to attack me?

Blaise on October 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Exactly. These blue dogs that are getting slaughtered ought to have Obama dedicate a few speeches to them and give them the COC treatment. Have him get up there and say that he can’t trust them, they weakened the bills too much those few times they do vote with him, they aren’t what the district needs, etc. If he ever did that, then I’d be worried – their numbers would skyrocket!

stldave on October 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

heh

nice

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM

That is the funniest photo I’ve seen in a long time.

John the Libertarian on October 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

nada, nyet, nothing…

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Didn’t Obama himself get a big ol’ paycheck from a foreign entity just recently? As I recall, he took that money and donated it to his favorite charities.

MayBee on October 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Isn’t it required re US law that foreign prizes like that when given to US officials be given to charity?

I wonder though if the Bamster still gets to take a fat charitable contribution deduction to offset some of the political donations royalties from book publishers?

slickwillie2001 on October 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM

red light on drudge….military ballots may not count in illinois…

ruh roh shaggy

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I doubled my donation to Bachmann just because of the “She hasn’t done %$#*^&” ad that her feckless opponent put on the air.

Stupid attacks piss people off, and the demorats are dumb.

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Karl Rove is selling America to Chinese faux-commie plutocrats.

Rove hates America.

bifidis on October 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM

These are the same morons who will be running our health care?

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Harry Reid sincerely hopes that this surge doesn’t work.

LASue on October 13, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

scary huh

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM

scary huh
cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM

They’ll discover you’re a veteran, Christian, or conservative and your medical paperwork will get “lost”.

Sorry about that, I guess you go to the back of the line and start over, hopefully you don’t die in the meantime.

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Second: what can I do to get them to attack me?

Blaise on October 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

They’ve been attacking you for 21 months.

2ipa on October 13, 2010 at 9:03 PM

The Democrats are sinking their money into ballots they can find in the trunks of cars.

mankai on October 13, 2010 at 9:16 PM

That Rove bit was the funniest ever.

Buy Danish on October 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM

2008 = Donks get that brand new FZ1.
2009 = Get off my back man, I know how to drive!
2010 = Hey Doc…I’m gonna walk right?

ronsfi on October 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Obama complains about foreign money and the C of C???

Wasn’t it a flock of Democrats, including Harry Reid, that went to CANADA to raise campaign cash?? Maybe from some American lawyers, but spending big bucks on a top shelf vacation in a FOREIGN COUNTRY!!

fred5678 on October 13, 2010 at 11:37 PM

“$13.3 million? COUNT IT!!”
/s crr6

Khun Joe on October 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Luntz did a panel on one of the FOX shows last week and it was clear that the people did not like attack ads. When you watched the lines on the graphs this was indicated. At the interviews afterwards, the group, nearly unanimously, indicated that they wanted to hear about issues and the differences in them and most attack ads had little or no influence and were not generally regarded as substantive. Beginning to look as if we now have a listening and discerning public. Both Parties need to take note.

jeanie on October 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Is it Fox news auto-starting the video when the page loads or is it by choice of HotAir? Either way, i find it annoying to hear a video playing before i’ve even begun reading the page.

PCWilliams on October 14, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Now send some money and an endorsement to Christine.

Kissmygrits on October 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Democrats and Deficit Spending

Rove’s statement about “finite amount of resources” made me think about the Dems and their belief in deficit spending. The DCCC is actually playing with its own money in the election, rather than other people’s money (by that I mean money that is being given to them willingly as opposed to forcibly through taxes). The Dems can’t simply tax people more, they have to rely on “income” in the form of donations. As a result, they are making a logical business decision–use their limited resources wisely.

However, this seems to completely fly in the face of their belief that money is endless, and if we spend more now, we will recoup it in the future. As true believers in deficit spending, shouldn’t the Dems run the DCCC the same way Dems run the US Government? Borrow money, rack up debt, and spend a ton of the DCCC’s future donations on interest payments, rather than using the donations toward helping candidates? The DCCC’s operations seem very hypocritical.

Also, considering Dems refusal to cut or responsibly reform social programs despite no money being available to continue the programs in their current capacity, it seems double hypocritical…but I digress.

Conservative in NOVA on October 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM