Karl Rove’s crusade against Lois Capps

July 18, 2011

Karl Rove

A conservative group linked with Republican strategist Karl Rove has launched an ad campaign targeting 10 vulnerable House Democrats, including Congresswoman Lois Capps, who are up for reelection in 2012. [WallStreetJournal]

Crossroads GPS plans to run ads for the next two weeks targeting Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Jim Matheson of Utah, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of New York, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, Jerry Costello of Illinois and Capps.

The ads target lawmakers on tax and spending issues and for their support of President Barack Obama’s policies, including the stimulus package passed in 2009. Crossroads is spending $1.4 million on the campaign, or a little more than $100,000 per district — a significant ad buy in a House race for a third-party group this early in the election cycle, the Wall Street Journal said.

Anti-Capps ads are running on television stations in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

With the exception of Capps, who won her district with 57 percent of the vote in 2010, each of the Democrats being targeted is considered a top target by national Republicans, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In 2010, Crossroads and an affiliated organization, American Crossroads, spent $38.6 million running ads against Democrats running for the House and Senate in tight races across the country.

The group announced plans to spend $20 million this summer on an advocacy campaign targeting “runaway government spending.”

“President Obama and his congressional allies have already wasted hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, and we need to send them the message that they don’t deserve another penny in taxes,” Steve Law, president of Crossroads GPS said.


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29 Comments

  1. slobody says:

    Something that happened last week now makes sense — a phone opinion poll I got from an outfit called Opinionolgy. The questions were weird — push-poll type inflammatory stuff. I was trying to figure out who was running it, and why. Most of it was about the congressional race. They kept asking me what my opinion was of people I’d never heard of, as well as some I knew to be rightwingers. (I’m pretty well informed politically, so I was puzzled at prospective candidates I’d never heard of.) Then they asked me what I thought of Lois Capps, and Sam Blakeslee — after reading to me what was basically a slanderous account of what they stand for, and whether I’d vote for either of them. Was Abel DoNothing up to this, I wondered? Now it makes sense — it must have been Rove’s outfit doing some folksy “polling.”

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  2. Vagabond says:

    Yep.I predicted this. The California GOP just can’t learn. HELLO GOP! You retards! Californians are for the most part immune to paid political advertising. Case in point is the unbelievably embarrassing waste of money trying to shove the worst CEO (Fiorina) down their throats with money.
    Quit attacking and put up someone with integrity and intelligence.

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  3. willie says:

    If Karl Rove (or anyone else) was truely worth his salt they would not waste their time doing this.
    All of this is from arrogance, wealth, plus funding, and about manupulation.
    Its not going to work, I hope he goes broke.

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