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President Obama pitches new rules for political nonprofits - Byron Tau

In an aggressive move designed to crack down on free-spending outside political groups, the Obama administration is proposing strict new rules curtailing nonprofits like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA.

The draft proposal, released Tuesday by the Treasury Department, would keep so-called social welfare 501©(4) nonprofits from getting a tax exemption if they engage in too much “candidate related” political activity.

The groups were at the heart of this summer’s scandal over Internal Revenue Service targeting of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax exemptions. 

The proposal is the first major response to a Treasury inspector general report in May blasting the IRS for added scrutiny of tea party conservative groups seeking tax exemption — a major scandal that led President Barack Obama to fire the acting IRS commissioner and other officials to exit the agency.

The inspector general report recommended the IRS tighten its rules.

The new regulations would affect a broad swath of political nonprofit groups that have come to play an outsized and influential role in federal elections.

Crossroads, founded by George W. Bush adviser Rove, along with its sister super PAC together spent $325 million in 2011 and 2012 against Obama and Senate Democrats. Priorities, set up by former Obama aide Bill Burton, raised $10.7 million in the 2012 cycle.

Dozens of these political nonprofits have used 501©(4) tax status as a way to shield their donors.


Does your brain feel like it’s melting? Blame the campaign ads.

It’s the final week before the election, and rich people are shoving money into Senate campaigns left and right, The Washington Post reports. If you’re in one of the battleground states, we feel for you. All these annoying ads are probably testing your patience when all you want to do is watch “King of the Hill” reruns while eating Hot Pockets and otherwise being vegetative. And if you live in Montana, we doubly feel for you:

Perhaps no state has been so consumed by outside spending as Montana, where advertising is very cheap compared to large states with urban populations such as Ohio and Florida. There, according to the GOP tracking document, [Jon] Tester ($311,000) and [Denny] Rehberg ($515,000) will blanket the state’s seven small media markets with their closing ads in their competitive race.

Are you at the point where you just don’t care anymore? Think you’ll queue up Netflix and watch a “King of the Hill” marathon on election day rather than, y'know, voting? Just a thought of encouragement here: Don’t listen to the majority. Don’t feel like you’re at a crossroads. Read up on the issues, get a grip on foreigndomestic and economic policy issues, and vote for yourself. And don’t merely base your opinion on the fact that Denny Rehberg wears flannel in his official Congressional photo and looks like a distant relative of Ron Swanson. You can do better than that.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog
Karl Rove Groups Launch $16 Million Ad Push In Swing States

Karl Rove is upping the ante. According to Politico, the Rove-founded American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are launching their biggest paid-media push of the election cycle Tuesday, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in multiple presidential swing states and Senate battlegrounds.

Of that $16 million, the super PAC American Crossroads will devote $11 million to defeating President Barack Obama, with a TV spot titled “Actually Happened” that compares the current 8.1 unemployment rate to a lower rate that the president projected earlier in his term. Viewers will see the ad in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Crossroads GPS, a 501©(4) nonprofit, will spend $1 million on radio ads in those same states and an additional $4 million in Montana, North Dakota and Virginia.

We can’t beat their money so we have to beat them with boots on the ground.  Have you volunteered?

Corporation (n).


formed with state governmental approval to act as an ARTIFICIAL PERSON to carry on business (or other activities), which can sue or be sued, and (unless it is non-profit) can issue shares of stock to raise funds with which to start a business or increase its capital.

One benefit is that a corporation’s liability for damages or debts is limited to its assets, so the shareholders and officers are PROTECTED FROM PERSONAL CLAIMS.


Those last four words are the whole point of forming a corporation, and they are the main reason corporations even came to pass. 

Pull your ass cheeks apart as far as you can, because the Supreme Court is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Crossroads GPS, and the only things it uses for lubrication are cash and broken dreams.

2008: A Western Odyssey

So back in June 2008 my family went on vacation to Arizona. We were at the Grand Canyon for a couple days and then we wanted to hit up like the big circle around Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Sedona.

When we left the Grand Canyon, our GPS said it was about 80 miles to Flagstaff. But as always, secondary routes were posted… And this one route said it was 27 miles.

Thats right. 27.

So, I’m in charge of the GPS, and we decided to go with the 27-mile route, logically. We start driving down the road, and within minutes, the GPS says we missed our first turn.

Let me set up the surroundings: we were on a highway. The only highway for miles. There was a desert with some tall hills on our left the Grand Canyon somewhere to our right.

There were no turns anywhere, people.

But our GPS insisted that we had passed the turn, so we drove back a bit….and there it was: a semi-worn out dirt path that led into the hilly desert.

We followed it for fun, cuz that’s what you do when you’re driving a nice, clean rental Honda CRV. We came up to a wooden sign post with a STATE ROUTE NUMBER on it at a crossroads, and our GPS told us to turn there.

So, naturally, we followed the road.

This led to a 3-hour expedition across the Arizona desert. Not only that, but we passed a sign that said we were on the original WAGON TRAIL that settlers would follow as they came out west and down into Arizona, which stretched north for like 600 miles.

Along this trail, we encountered 1-foot deep ruts in the ground and were forced to pile rocks into them at point to prevent the car from bottoming-out.

I saw my first-ever jackalope - yes, those rabbit things that have antlers.

At one point, one of us was literally walking outside the car to guide my dad around branches/boulders on the trail.

But the best part was when we saw the dust cloud. THE dust cloud. It was headed straight for us. And as we approached it, and it approached us, we saw the cattle.

Not just a few heads, people. HUNDREDS. I’d say a thousand or more, to be honest.

All these cattle with huge horns just started walking around our rental car. They paid us no mind, just moved out of the way and walked past us. These massive creatures just going along their way. And then we met the cowboys. Real-life, ropes, spurs, and horses, herding these cattle across the Arizona desert.

So one of them comes up to our car and my mom rolls down the window, and the cowboy asks, “Where you folks from?” to which my mom replies, “Pennsylvania.” Then he asks, “This your car?” and she says, “No, it’s a rental.” And finally, after looking us over a bit, he says, “Know where you going?” to which she answers, “Yeah, we’ve got a GPS.”

And that was that. He bid us farewell and continued herding the cattle, leaving us to our own.

An hour or so after we cleared the last of the cattle, we came across a gated fence. With a padlock. And we all thought we were screwed. We thought we’d just driven 25 miles for nothing, that we’d have to turn around and endure that entire trek again.

Fortunately, the padlock was open.

A couple miles after that we found the highway we had started driving on 3 hours earlier, and were in Flagstaff a few minutes later.

Needless to say, the rental car was filthy.