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Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is seen at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012.
Raising money for Republicans must be a scam artist's dream, whether you're talking about Newt Gingrich getting millions from Sheldon Adelson to wage a hopeless presidential campaign or you're talking about Karl Rove's exceptional talent at convincing wealthy GOP donors to part with their cash. The latest:
The Republican outside-spending group American Crossroads raised $5.2 million in March, marking a sharp uptick in fundraising for the super PAC that largely defined the GOP air war during the last presidential election.

Crossroads stayed quiet during the 2013 off year, and its early midterm fundraising reports showed a steep drop-off in support from major donors. Republicans attributed that to fatigue and frustration among GOP financial benefactors upset about the outcome of the 2012 elections.

But now, the flow of money to Rove's outfit is surging, leaving it with $6.4 million in cash at the end of the March reporting period. According to American Crossroads, the reason for the influx of cash is a "rise in enthusiasm among our donors" due to the perception that there is a good chance "to win a Republican majority in the Senate."

That sounds like bad news for Democrats, but let's review the highlights from Rove's 2012 track record, when American Crossroads was saying the same thing:

• Connie Mack (FL-Sen, more than $4 million)
• Denny Rehberg (MT-Sen, almost $5 million)
• Heather Wilson (NM-Sen, almost $500,000)
• Tommy Thompson (WI-Sen, more than $7 million)
• George Allen (VA-Sen, more than $11 million)
• Rick Berg (ND-Sen, almost $2 million)
• Josh Mandel (OH-Sen, more than $6 million)
Each one of those candidates lost. Well over $30 million, down the drain—minus fees to Rove and his favorite consultants, of course. The reasons for that go beyond Rove, but the best thing you could say about his impact is that he was irrelevant. Republican donors might as well have given their money to a clown like John Bolton for all the good their funding of Rove did them, yet they are throwing money Rove's way again.

Actually, speaking of John Bolton:

Ambassador John Bolton’s PACs Raise $1.85 Million
Moral of the story: It's a great time to be a GOP grifter.

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  •  DNC should run this piece as counter-ad (6+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Ky DEM, TDDVandy, Matt Z, Pluto, whl

    showing the quantitative skills of the GOP and its stooges

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:26:43 PM PDT

  •  Let's all have some faith (3+ / 0-)
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    Ky DEM, Matt Z, whl

    in the American people, definitely, by taking Rove's track record into consideration.  The Dems just need to counter rethug ads with the truth at every turn.  I know it's more complicated than that, but I think truth needs to be the bottom line.

    If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:27:32 PM PDT

  •  Jus' mebbee? (2+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, whl

    We could disguise some Dem operatives as Gooper grifters and rake in some dough?

    Of course, don't really try this in real life....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:33:00 PM PDT

  •  My parents and in-laws are all marks... (4+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, Ky DEM, Stude Dude, whl

    ...for this con.

    I'm not sitting around waiting for an inheritance, but there are so many better uses for their money. They'd rather donate to teabaggers than my daughter's college fund.

    Fox News Zombies.

  •  Hilarious (2+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, whl

    How many millions have been ratholed by Rove, Palin, Bolton, Huckabee and the other con artists? Gingrich is the King but the other flimflammers are closing in.

    •  Survival Seeds! (4+ / 0-)
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      The Termite, Stude Dude, whl, native

      Silver Coins! Freeze dried food! Sign the petition to repeal Obamacare (and give us five bucks)! Buy the Obamacare Survival Guide (for only 15 bucks)! Get your very own personalized copy of the 2d amendment, lavished in 14 carat gold!

      •  Get your... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...14k Certified Gold Plated Commemorative Limited Edition Ron And Nancy Numismatic Coins Today! Bedtime For Bonzo Etching on One Side, War On Drugs Etching (With Nancy!) On The Other. Show Your Patriotism With This One Of A Kind Collector's Coin, Certain To Escalate In Value*.

        * Will Not Escalate In Value

    •  The ROI for flimflamees is really lousy (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, whl

      That's why I don't get why they throw good money after bad.  It's not like RoveCo has a stellar track record of performance.

      The only thing I can figure is that Adleson, the Kochs, etc. have such a deep well of money that they're willing to lay substantial bets on candidates that have about as much chance of getting elected as I do of winning Power Ball.  But the payoff's pretty good if they do pick a long shot winner.

  •  I'm asking for donations to the Clinton shoe fund. (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's get Mrs. Clinton all the shoes her heart desires.  Only let's ship them. After all, the right wing nuts think that the shoe attack was planned by the Clintons.  What next?  I'm putting my tin foil hat on, and will be brainstorming for awhile.

    By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.

    by HarryParatestis on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:35:10 PM PDT

  •  The three best signs for Democratic victory; (6+ / 0-)

    Bill Kristol predictions of Republican victory;

    Karl Rove soaking up millions of donor funds that would be better spent almost anywhere else.

    Reince Preibus doing and saying anything. This trifecta has an almost perfect record of fail.

    "I grew up on an Iowa farm castrating hogs!" - Joni Ernst, Iowa Senate candidate (TMI)

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:35:15 PM PDT

  •  they're hedging their bets (1+ / 0-)
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    they're going to want to do everything to get that Senate Majority - best case scenario they can hose judicial (including Supreme Court) nominations after 2016 if they lose the presidency - best case they get it all if they manage to legitimately win a presidental election for the 2nd time out of the last 7 tries

    There are only two kinds of music - the blues and Zip Pa Dee Doo Dah - Townes Van Zandt

    by whiskeytown on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:35:43 PM PDT

  •  Gullibility is a critical part of the RW machine (4+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, peglyn, ranton, whl

    During the '90s, I sometimes had to work in a lab that had several fundamentalist employees.  They had a religious radio station on most of the time.

    The scams and questionable ads were far beyond the fundraising to run the station and the churches of the preachers on the air.  It was clear that every grifter who had the price of a radio ad knew that this was a gullible audience.  

    After a while, I decided to take a sudden interest in classical music.  I found that the religious listeners would leave it on without complaint for most of the day.

  •  Your headline is, of course, highly inaccurate (3+ / 0-)
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    peglyn, ranton, whl

    I don't think they donate to the poor all that much.

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:37:23 PM PDT

  •  Is there ever a bad time to be a GOP grifter?? (4+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, Ky DEM, ranton, whl

    It's a target rich environment (no pun intended).

  •  Wow! They spent a lot on George Allen (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh, well... Easy come, easy go I suppose. Look at it this way, conservatives. Now you have yet another metaphor to be proud of in "Macaca moment".

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:40:09 PM PDT

  •  Don't forget Romney (4+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, TDDVandy, whl, begone

    Who probably got close to $100 mill in supportive ads from Rove via Crossroads, and another $100 mill from the Kochs via AFP

    •  Just imagine (2+ / 0-)
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      whl, ranton

      The guys who complain so much about taxes would have so much more money to throw around if they hadn't blown it all on trying to get Mitt Romney elected to cut their taxes.  Ah, the irony.

      29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:45:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This is why a graduated tax on political donations (0+ / 0-)

        like a 90% tax rate on cumulative contributions over $20,000 makes perfect sense to me.

        A. The deep-pocketed elite hate to pay taxes which might translate to fewer bought politicians due to smaller amounts of political donations.  Socking the deep pockets at a 90% tax rate is soooooo fitting.

        B. All revenue raised would be used to public fund elections for those who agree to the limits imposed by public funding which should include an equal and free access to the PUBLIC airwaves.  For-profit media corporations can just chalk up having to provide free and equal airtime to a cost of using and profiting from a public resource.

        C. The loophole that allows non-profit status for partisan political organizations who run partisan "issue" ads need to at the same proposed graduated tax rate for individual cumulative political donations.

        With no change in the amount of political donations, the amount raised for public financed campaigns would be huge; if taxing donations leads to a cutback in large donations...GREAT!

        Congress has the right to tax; it's time to use it as a means to save democratic traditions since the idiotic ideologues on the Supreme Court have gutted campaign finance limitations.

        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 06:43:28 PM PDT

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  •  I've discovered that people vote Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    whl, ranton

    …because they believe it is in their interest, economically, to do so.

    It's sort of sad, because highly educated Republicans are grateful when they hear things like "Let them die!!" at the GOP primaries. That means that they do not have to participate  in a society where the government benefits the people. That means less taxes for them.

    "Let them die." About 50 percent of the vote in any given federal election. I wouldn't want to share a nation with them.

  •  No matter what we think, the money isn't wasted (1+ / 0-)
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    It always buys something.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:46:56 PM PDT

  •  They have so much money to burn they... (2+ / 0-)
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    whl, ranton

    fling it around like poo. (In some cases thats what they get for it too)

    Truth is they just see it as a diversified portfolio, investing in numerous sectors knowing some will be a loss, but those that aren't will pay off enough to make up for it.

    Its just business to them.

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:50:23 PM PDT

  •  It's nice to know... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...there's a good side to Citizens United and McCutcheon: throwing (even more) good money after bad (candidates).

    Sure, we have to live with it for the time being and it could be better spent, but seeing the well-heeled throw their otherwise damage-inducing millions down rat holes has its entertainment value.

  •  Two nuts, same sac. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Counter Protest (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, whl, ohiolibrarian

    A little off-topic, however, during this week of right wing gun nuts challenging the US Govt to open fire on them, I point out how successful counter protests have been as in the case of the recent successes against Westboro Baptist Church.  Now, this inbred Nevada family doesn't matter much, but something to think about as the party of the stinking elephant plan more such media-inspired events.

    "The more firearms a man owns, the smaller his member"-- Abraham Lincoln

    by truthronin on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 05:25:14 PM PDT

  •  NH-Sen: Brown campaign smells like mainly a ploy (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, whl, begone

    for consultants to shake more money out of Repug contributors.

    Hints include the campaign's consultant profile, and its emphasis on Obamacare, in this state which, as a neighbor of MA, knows very well that it's basically Romneycare, with its biggest elements drawn from anti-free rider Republican ideology.

  •  This puts a new spin on McCutcheon (0+ / 0-)

    We may bemoan the SCOTUS ruling, but if donors keep funneling their unlimited funds toward losing candidates and issues, good for us Dems!

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 06:46:18 PM PDT

  •  Wasn't there some research that showed (0+ / 0-)

    conservatives think differently from other people?  Or that the part of the brain that controls fear is larger or something? These people may just be hardwired to not be able to change.  So they keep doing the same thing over and over again.  Just like with immigration and women's issues.  They simply can't change even when their actions fly in the face of logic and reality.  Oh...and of course, that evolution thing.

    "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

    by stellaluna on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:54:10 PM PDT

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