GOP At The Cross Roads
Interesting. I don't know anything about the group, or what types of candidates it may, or may not back. But hopefully Right-side interests are learning something from the Left. A great deal of support for Democrats comes from outside the Democrat committees.
The group, American Crossroads, hopes to raise $52 million from wealthy Republicans and corporations, according to officials involved with the organization. The goal is to mount an independent campaign to help Republican candidates win in the November elections.
American politics is changing structurally, perhaps even more so than it is ideologically. But people don't like change. It creates tensions and frictions that weren't there before. Some of the self-defeating silliness we're seeing by entrenched GOP interests is a result of shifts that are unavoidable. There are so many factors in play, I'm not sure how things turn out for the Right as a whole. But I do hope it emerges stronger and even larger than it has traditionally been when it's over. Stay tuned.
It is the latest – and most ambitious – effort by conservatives to create outside campaign groups that can compete with those run by Democrats. Labor unions and Democrats generally outspend Republicans on independent political activities.
In the last few months, Republicans have announced the creation of several outside organizations that plan to raise money from corporations and wealthy conservatives to support Republican candidates. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it plans to spend as much as $50 million on advertising to support pro-business, mostly Republican candidates.
The new American Crossroads organization will be run by former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and Joanne Davidson, a onetime RNC co-chair. Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and former White House adviser Karl Rove are informally advising the organization.
The day-to-day operations will be handled by Steven Law, who is leaving a top role at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Republican consultants Jim Dyke will also be involved.