Skip to comments.Obama campaign requests outside Republican group disclose donors
Posted on 06/20/2012 4:42:53 AM PDT by sunmars
Democratic President Barack Obama's top campaign lawyer filed a complaint with the federal election regulator on Tuesday, demanding that the well-heeded and high-spending Republican advocacy group Crossroads GPS disclose its donors.
This is the latest Democratic effort to slow down Crossroads GPS, run by former aide to President George W. Bush Karl Rove, which plans to spend some $300 million alongside its sister "super" political action committee to help Republican candidates ahead of the November 6 election, largely through advertising.
Republican non-profit and "Super PAC" groups have been far outpaced their Democratic rivals in fundraising and spending, which expected to help presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney bridge the fundraising gap between his and Obama's election campaigns.
Crossroads GPS is organized under a specific U.S. tax law section that identifies it as a nonprofit social welfare organization, meant to educate the public and allowed to keep its donors private. The group also has a sister Super PAC American Crossroads, which discloses its donors monthly.
The Federal Election Commission, the elections oversight agency, is currently split along party lines and has repeatedly deadlocked on whether social welfare groups must disclose their donors if they engage in political activity.
"There has never been any doubt about its true purpose: to elect candidates of its choice to the presidency and Congress," Obama campaign lawyer Robert Bauer wrote in his complaint to the FEC, posted online by the New York Times on Tuesday alongside the letter to Crossroads GPS that accompanied it.
"Folks would do well to consider this a goofy sideshow until Obama sends the same letter to Priorities USA - the group modeled after Crossroads but which supports the president," Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said.
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Dubious donations (gangster government edition):
Hmm, never heard of Crossroads til now.
Need to get my checkbook.
Thanks for the link.
I was wondering about that incident from the past.
Ha!! Perfect response.
Ah.. so suddenly, as the dark side finds itself being matched (and in some cases topped) in campaign funding, they want to change the rules of the game.
Sorry demons... not gonna work.
Obama is one big baby, he hates anyone outraising him, he just goes crying like a baby to lawyers.
Whah whah whah, that bad GOP people are getting more money, boo hoo.
But that “big baby” is a dangerous, vindictive and evil monster who, if re-elected, is going to get even with those who he deems his enemies.
He is trying to scare GOP donors into not donating.
We’ll show you our stuff when you show us yours!
The Administration doesn’t follow the law. Now it wants favors from its opponents.
Libs are so full crap..there is not enough crap in the Universe to show how full of crap they are.
Why the Right (actually moderates) “leadership” doesn’t savagely mock them, for their full of crapness, in public is beyond me.
Instead they pretend? its not crap or at least not that bad?
I just donated online.
He’s still raising illegal foreign contributions online using $5 sweepstakes tickets for dinner and date with Barack Obama, the first gay president.
Several state attorney generals went after him last time to clean up his private lottery. A free entry was added but it was not disclosed to those buying entries. Don’t know if there is one this time.
Open all your private papers Mr. Obama.
Then we’ll think about opening ours.
Sorry Obama - we have executive privilege on this matter.
But thank you for asking. :)
A free entry and a chance to tell him to his face what I think of him. There is a heaven. Where do I access the free entry?
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