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A small number of right-wing billionaires are trying to buy this election. And they’re doing it using a variety of right-wing attack groups that have unleashed avalanche of negative ads attacking the president and Democratic Senate and House candidate. These groups may spend as much as $1 BILLION before everything is said and done.
 
Here’s the rundown on three of these groups: Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads, and Americans for Prosperity.
 
Crossroads GPS
 
Created in 2010, Crossroads GPS is a tax-exempt501(4) organization co-founded by former George W. Bush campaign architect Karl Rove and Mitt Romney campaign adviser and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Ironically, Gillespie in 2007 blasted the growing role of similar outside political groups, telling the Center for Public Integrity that independent spenders now “run wild, unfettered, unregulated, not subject to the same rules and regulations as the national parties. And I think that’s been incredibly unhealthy.”
 
As a 501(4), the group is not legally required to identify its donors — unlike its affiliated Super PAC, American Crossroads. Crossroads GPS notes on its website that its policy is “to not provide the names of its donors to the general public.” It has spent millions of dollars running attack ads against Democrats, including a $25 million blitz against President Obama announced last month.
 

 



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Paul Ryan and Mitt Robbed Me will finish off America. George W. Bush on steroids. If you hate America, you'll love these guys!



I'm making the assumption that you don't mind when left-wing billionares do the same thing ...



People using money to influence others? This is truly a unique and interesting thing.



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Actually, unless something has changed very recently, mostly the large increase in money spent on the elections has been caused, not by Citizens United, but by the fact that both campaigns have opted out of government provided funding.

When you get government funding the private donations your aloud is MUCH smaller.



As an outsider I don't really get the fuss about who wins. You only have a 2 party system which don't seem all that different when it comes to actions. Wouldn't it be cheaper to lobby on both sides and not bother with who wins the election?



HappySqurriel said:

I'm making the assumption that you don't mind when left-wing billionares do the same thing ...


Actually I do. I want public finance of campaigns and a cap, also a cap on what people can donate. Up to $250 per person. So keep assuming



Based only on the thread title, I'm going to go with the following response:

"Old news is old."




SvennoJ said:
As an outsider I don't really get the fuss about who wins. You only have a 2 party system which don't seem all that different when it comes to actions. Wouldn't it be cheaper to lobby on both sides and not bother with who wins the election?


Thats normally what they do. Obama and Romney have pretty much the same top ten donors just slightly rearranged. 



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