American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and the Conservative Victory Project jointly posted a $3.37 million fundraising haul.
In the first six months of 2013, American Crossroads — the Rove-founded super PAC — raised $1.85 million, while Crossroads GPS — the 501(c)(4) nonprofit — raised $1.45 million.
The Conservative Victory Project — a super PAC founded to intervene on behalf of the most viable candidate in GOP primary fights — had no donors other than a few transfers from parent group American Crossroads. A person familiar with the group’s plans said that Conservative Victory Fund was still in a”start-up phase” and had not done any active fundraising.
The combined cash haul for all three groups is off from the group’s 2011 fundraising pace. At a similar point in 2011, American Crossroads alone posted a $3.3 million haul, while Crossroads GPS does not disclose its donors and is not required to file a mid-year report. The group could not immediately provide a mid-year 2011 total.At USA Today, Fredreka Schouten adds:
"Our fundraising results so far are roughly comparable to where we were at this point in 2011, when you consider the absence of a presidential election this cycle," Collegio said in a statement. He said leaders have yet to "make any hard fundraising requests" this year of contributors, but said there's "growing donor enthusiasm" about winning control of the Senate.
American Crossroads' largest donation of the year — $1 million — came from Contran Corp. Its owner, Texas industrialist Harold Simmons, is a longtime Republican donor.
Another prominent Republican super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, also showed slower fundraising — collecting just shy of $600,000 from Jan. 1 through June 30. The group, which works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House, raised $11.3 million during the 2012 election cycle.