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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you think he’s scared much of how much is being raised against him....ahuh, sure is.
They should offer to give them a briefing rather than turn over the documents.
“”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.
good...about time they call out this POS for his hypocrisy...
his administartion is on a witch hunt, looking for GOP donors to burn at the stake
Give the donor names to Eric Holder so “justice” can be served.
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.
Right after George SoreASS reveals ALL of his donations.
As they edit Roomey and Republicans air it and the retraction is not noticed by most voters.
Karl Rove should file a suit demanding the publishing of the First Dictator’s online donors from the 2008 election. How many of them were from Muslim countries?
Yes and people in hell want ice water also
The best counter to this is bringing up the evidence of donor intimidation. Play hardball, please. Take them down to the mat and shut up these fascist bastards.
There is a cold wind blowing in summertime...
Robert Bauer is married to Anita Dunn.
Family of COMMUNISTS.
...what about all those foreign donations he (Obama) would never reveal in 2008...
Conveniently ignored is the fact that SEIU just announced an $83 million expenditure of which 100% will go to help elect Democrats. And that’s just ONE labor union.
He wants to know how many of his former supporters and donors are jumping ship.
Wonder what editor checked the sentence construction. (Or it lost something in translation from whatever language it was originally written in!) But what gap? I thought Romney and the Republicans were by far outpacing Zero in fundraising this time around. I have the feeling that it is becoming physically painful for the writers for the major so-called "news" organizations to type these stories, since it's not fitting into their preferred outcome scenario.
And the answer to the Obama lawyers should be: BITE ME!