Tea Party Activists Bomb Email List Of Crossroads Donors
(CNN) – About 200 donors on the email distribution list for Karl Rove’s group “American Crossroads” may be receiving an interesting message Thursday: Don’t donate to American Crossroads.
Conservative activist Brent Bozell, chairman of the group ForAmerica, obtained the distribution list and plans to send a letter blasting Crossroads’ role in last year’s election and the creation of its new independent group for the 2014 mid-term elections.
Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush, generated strong pushback from tea party groups earlier this year when he announced the formation of another offshoot, “Conservative Victory Project,” dedicated to helping electable candidates sail through Republican primaries
“Mr. Rove and his allies must stop blaming conservatives for his disastrous results,” the email read. “It is time for him to take ownership of his record. He must also stop posturing himself as a conservative: his record supporting wasteful government spending and moderate candidates over conservatives spans decades.”
Leaders from other conservative and tea party groups–including Tea Party Patriots, Family Research Council, Tea Party Express–co-signed the letter, which went to donors who’ve made six- or seven-figure contributions to Crossroads.
During the last cycle, American Crossroads and its non-profit arm, Crossroads GPS, spent more than $104 million on federal elections with a success rate of 1.3%, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Regardless of its success rate in 2012, Crossroads played a major role in the election and in the 2010 mid-terms, when Republicans took back the House of Representatives.
The letter, however, points to the multiple 2012 Senate races in which Crossroads spent money against the Democratic candidate, yet the Republican candidate failed to win. Those include races include Wisconsin, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia, Montana and North Dakota.
“As conservative leaders who represent millions of grassroots conservatives, we strongly urge you to consider this information as you are making your decisions about political giving in the future,” the letter concluded.
Critics, including Bozell, argue Rove is using the Conservative Victory Project to push out tea party voices from the Republican Party. He’s expected to make the same argument when he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.
“Now, in an attempt to explain the astonishingly low return on the hundreds of millions of dollars investment in Crossroads, Karl Rove and others are attempting to blame conservatives and the tea party,” the letter read.
Rove, however, says he doesn’t want a fight.
“Our object is not to be for the establishment, it’s to be for the most conservative candidate that can win,” Rove said last month during an appearance on Fox News, where he is a paid contributor.
“This is not tea party versus establishment,” he continued, pointing to Crossroads’ past support for candidates like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, both of whom were backed by national tea party groups in 2010.
By Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough
CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
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