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Fake Interest Group, Tied to Rove, Has Hands in Alaska Politics

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The New York Times' Mike McIntire has a great piece of enterprise journalism on the paper's front page today, outlining how interest groups with generic-sounding names can wield undue influence in a state's electoral politics, even if the "group" is just one political operative halfway across the globe. Of course, that influence is greatly helped if you're in a partnership with former Bush adviser Karl Rove:

“Americans for Job Security has no purpose other than to cover various money trails all over the country,” the staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission said in a report last year.

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With every election cycle comes a shadow army of benignly titled nonprofit groups like Americans for Job Security, devoted to politically charged “issue advocacy,” much of it negative. But they are now being heard as never before — in this year of midterm discontent, Tea Party ferment and the first test of the Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited, and often anonymous, corporate political spending. Already they have spent more than $100 million — mostly for Republicans and more than twice as much as at this point four years ago.

None have been more active than Americans for Job Security, which spent $6 million on ads during the primary season. This week, emboldened by the court ruling, the group paid close to $4 million more for ads directly attacking nine Democratic candidates for Congress.

AJS has one employee, its president, Stephen DeMaura, and sublets its office space from Crossroads Media, which does its advertising buys. Crossroads Media also counts Karl Rove's group, American Crossroads, as a client.

Read McIntire's whole report here.