One of the tenets of modern American conservatism is the autonomy of
states’ rights. Even so, one of the largest, most infamous groups in the country is exerting moneyed influence across several state lines. Crossroads GPS is a conservative super PAC, one of the myriad corruption peddlers born of the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Karl Rove’s “American Crossroads” group has its fiscal hands in at least eight different state congressional races while maintaining substantial influence in the presidential election.
These states include Missouri, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Rove’s 501(c) organizations have also bought out huge “issue ads” against Obama and the Democrats in Iowa, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina. Even further, they have recently launched an ad buy in almost all of the swing states targeting women. Even so, the most worrisome element, as the Sunlight foundation reports, is that:
The Crossroads network has spent approximately [$174 million] on the 2012 election and almost three out of every four dollars (70.5%) of this organization’s spending has come from anonymous donors.
This sum essentially ensures that Crossroads will be the most influential outside group in this election cycle. To illustrate: Crossroads has doubled the spending of the pro-Romney super PAC Restore our Future and may even outpace the incredible performance of the Republican National Committee.
The Crossroads groups have pledged $300 million to influence the 2012 election. With the average Senate seat costing around $10 million, it’s not only problematic that this single entity can have so much influence in so many different states, but it’s also clearly paving the way to corruption after November 6th.