American Crossroads Says DNC Attacks Are Aiding Its Fundraising
Attacks launched by the Obama administration and other Democratic-leaning groups against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS are translating into even more enthusiastic giving to conservative groups, it seems. American Crossroads has announced that it raised more than $13 million in the past week alone and, justifiably or not, it attributes its success to conservative outrage generated over the attacks. ”Democrats who lose in November due to the surge strategy or expanded Senate efforts can send thank-you notes to the White House and DNC, which helped us generate the funding for this strategy,” Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio told The Washington Post.
In practice, exceeding its fundraising goals means that American Crossroads will now have extra cash to pour into several House races. Previously, the group had focused its approximately $50 million haul almost entirely on the Senate, but it is now announcing that it will contribute $10 million to a joint effort with two other conservative groups that it is terming a “House surge strategy.”
The other groups — the American Action Network, headed by former Sen. Norm Colemen (R-Minn.), and the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity, founded by GOP campaign consultant Scott Reed — are both 501(c)(4) organizations that have done less direct spending on advertisements and more work in policy, messaging, voter identification, and other activities that don’t constitute direct political activity. Together they’ve got a $50 million nest egg for House races over the final three weeks, and it’s unclear at this point how they plan to spend it.