The trio of conservative groups headed up by GOP consultant Karl Rove pulled in a combined $6.1 million in 2013, according to numbers obtained by POLITICO.
The super PAC American Crossroads took in about $1.6 million in the second half of 2013, while the nonprofit Crossroads GPS raised $1.1 million. The super PAC alone has $2.7 million cash on hand going into 2014.The Washington Times reports:
A third group — the super PAC Conservative Victory Project — did no independent fundraising, aside from a $10,000 transfer from American Crossroads.
It’s a major comedown from the 2012 presidential race, when American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS together raised a whopping $325 million and poured money into competitive Senate races and presidential battleground states.
Typically, donor interest is much lower in non-presidential cycles. The two Crossroads groups raised about $7o million in 2010 — though much of that poured in during the final months of the election.
Two campaign finance watchdog groups on Friday sued the Federal Election Commission over the panel’s decision to dismiss a complaint against the conservative Crossroads GPS, co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove.
The suit grows out of a 2010 FEC complaint filed by Public Citizen against Crossroads for what critics said was a failure to register as a political committee and disclose its donors, despite spending massive amounts on political advertising in the 2010 election cycle.
In a statement released Friday, Public Citizen and the Campaign Legal Center contend that Crossroads GPS fits the legal definition of a political committee — a group that receives or spends more than $1,000 during a calendar year to influence elections and whose major purpose is to support or oppose federal candidates.
The FEC commissioners deadlocked 3-3 along party lines on a vote in December over whether to investigate charges American Crossroads had violated guidelines for a “social welfare” organization by engaging in political activity.