Campaign Cash: Big Right-Wing Donor Groups Gearing Up for 2012

They've already spent millions of anonymously-donated dollars targeting the most progressive folks in congress this election cycle, but that's not enough for the rabidly conservative donor groups that have been unleashed by last year's Citizens United decision. 

Not only do they plan to keep "pummeling" the President and congressional Democrats with ads throughout the governing cycle, but they're already ramping up for the big one, the 2012 election cycle, with the presidency at stake, according to the New York Times:

Officials with the two conservative groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS — which are on track to spend well over $50 million combined this year, a sizable part of it from undisclosed donors — said they would continue advertising against Democrats as Congress returns, when decisions loom on the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and immigration.

Robert M. Duncan, the chairman of American Crossroads, which, like Crossroads GPS, was started with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said he also informed major donors late last week that “research and development” was under way to make the groups even more effective in the next election, part of a pitch for continued investment toward a larger goal.

One of the biggest results of this insane political intrusion onto the airwaves might be to put immense pressure on Democratic-leaning independent groups to step up their own fundraising, ad-buying and donating in kind. The situation is so bad, advisors told the Times, that even the White House, which has criticized the Citizens United decision and memorably built a base of small donors in the 2008 election might have to reconsider its strategy.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 1, 2010, 3:56am

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