The New Pack of PACs

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While the election is over, the role of the Federal Elections Committee is as important as ever because new super PACs and politically aligned nonprofits are forming all the time, and the old ones are continuing to spend. Here’s a look at what’s been going on since Nov. 6 in America’s continual campaign.

Karl Rove attends a ceremony to unveil the portraits of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, May 31,2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Karl Rove attends a ceremony to unveil the portraits of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project

Karl Rove, whose super PAC American Crossroads spent nearly $105 million in 2012 — with little success to show for it — is back with a new strategy informed by those dissatisfying results.

The purpose of his Conservative Victory Project is to support “better conservative candidates” for national political office, throwing blame for 2012 Congressional losses on certain Tea Party and other independent conservative candidates. “There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, which is creating the new project, told The New York Times. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

Rove says this isn’t a broad swipe at a particular movement. “This is not Tea Party versus establishment,” he said on Fox News. “I don’t want a fight.”

However, Tea Party members, conservative commentators and some conservative members of Congress are not happy. “The newly launched Conservative Victory Project wants to push the Tea Party out and replace them with the failed strategies of 2008 and 2012,” writes the chairwoman of the activist group Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer. “If they really want to find the pathway that leads to electoral success for Republicans, they need only look to the biggest Republican victories in modern American politics. The secret ingredient to a winning formula is conservative principles.”

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  • Gadsden

    I definitely support Rand Paul for President! I’ll be donating to this PAC for sure…

  • Jeff Laterday

    Human Action Super PAC is giving away free Rand Paul for President bumper sticker!

  • Wallyharuner

    Go Rand!

  • Pat Elgee

    I know that the republicans at one time represented those in business, but if you really look at the record, they now are not good for business. Even the stock market does significantly better under democrats. The republicans represent often international businesses that put money in their pockets. What the people need to do is vote out every incumbent that has become fat off taking bribes.
    Oil is a typical example. They are so international now, that they are not even an American business anymore, yet they gave Romney $10 million to run for President.
    What surprised me was that Romney got 47% of the vote. Here is a man who as a Bain capitalist went into businesses, borrowed (stole everything) from pension funds to pay himself, had the company declare bankrupcy, then walked away with millions leaving thousands of workers unemployed and broke.
    The workers lost not only their jobs but their entire retirement pension. This was not only the company’s matching funds, but their own cash savings that they contributed out of their own pay. He ripped off thousands of workers and left them with nothing that they had been working for their whole life. Then the thief has the nerve to run for President of the United States! Who in their right mind would give him the keys to the National Treasury? He ought to be in prison. He does not have to pay back the stolen pension money because the company borrowed it, not him. Then he passes himself off as a moral man because he helped some fellow church member. Forget about the thousands he destroyed.
    Republicans cry “individual rights” do not take our assault weapons away. Actually the Constitution’s wording guarentees the country the right to have a militia that bears arms. Yet republicans deny individual rights of women to have a say over their own bodies and deny gays their individual right to marry whom they choose.
    Hopefully the next $105 million is spent as uselessly.
    Hopefully,a few more of their voter suppression efforts will backfire again and get the masses to the polls to get rid of more republicans.

  • Donald Campbell

    Bill–May I point out a non-profit organization, Citizens Climate Lobby, promoting carbon tax
    (fee) legislation with which the monies collected are given to the nation’s heads of household.

    This promotes the development of solar and wind power. See the Sen. Sanders-Boxer legislation just proposed

    (February, 2013) and Rep. John Larsen’s planned re-introduction of his legislation on the same subject (H.R. 1337).

  • ccaffrey

    It’s that pesky “plays well with others” category that always messes up their grade point.