Rove-Encouraged Shadowy 3rd-Party Group Pushes House Dems to Support Tax Compromise

Dec 14, 2010 3:11pm

You may recall Crossroads GPS – the shadowy third-party group that doesn’t disclose its donors, which spent tens of millions of dollars running campaign ads in the midterms, largely against Democratic candidates. President Obama repeatedly railed against the group, which was founded with the support of GOP guru Karl Rove.

In order to maintain its tax status, the group needs 51% of its expenditures to be issue-related, instead of campaign-related.

And it has begun – with $400,000 for a one-week radio buy for ads to run in the congressional districts of a dozen House Democrats, to encourage them to vote for the tax compromise negotiated by President Obama.

“She’s bacccccckkkkk,” says the announcer in the 60-second ad. “Nancy Pelosi’s at it again…Trying to raise taxes while our economy struggles…On New Year’s Day, taxes skyrocket for everyone unless Congress acts. Even low-income families will see their tax rates increase by 50 percent. But Nancy Pelosi is blocking the bipartisan plan to stop these tax hikes.”

The ad asks “whose side” the congressman in question is on – will he or she “side with Nancy Pelosi to raise job-killing taxes, or with struggling families and the small businesses that can create the jobs we need?”

The House Democrats are:

1.       AZ-08 Gabriella Giffords               

2.       CA-20    Jim Costa            

3.       GA-02   Sanford Bishop

4.       IN-02     Joe Donnelly     

5.       KY-06     Ben Chandler    

6.       MI-09    Gary Peters       

7.       NC-11    Heath Shuler     

8.       NY-01    Tim Bishop         

9.       NY-22    Maurice Hinchey             

10.   NY-23    Bill Owens          

11.   PA-04    Jason Altmire    

12.   VA-11    Gerry Connolly 


-Jake Tapper





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