Topic: Karl Rove
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November 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Democrats were happy that President Obama beat Mitt Romney tonight, but there was one name they mentioned almost as much as Romney: Karl Rove.
The Democrats, gathered at The Westin Seattle, gleefully celebrated how Rove’s Crossroads GPS Super PAC did not win every race it invested in.
Nobody celebrated more than attorney general hopeful Bob Ferguson, who weathered millions in attack ads from national groups (although he also benefited from national ads attacking opponent Reagan Dunn).
“I have one message for Karl Rove and the $3 million his Super PAC spent in this state,” said Ferguson, who was leading his race. “The office of Attorney General is not for sale.”
Dwight Pelz, the chairman of the state Democrats, then took the stage and called for a moment of silence “for Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers” and all of their wasted money.
August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM
You’ve heard the political analysis. You’ve seen the maps. The Left Coast and the northeastern corner of the U.S. are blue, states that often, very predictably, vote for Democratic candidates for president. Why, then, is Republican strategist Karl Rove saying he thinks Oregon could move to the Republican column, not this election, but perhaps in 2016? Consider his seemingly wild prediction, captured in a piece in Politico‘s Burns & Haberman blog.
What do you think: Could Oregon vote for a Republican president in 2012?
The New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight column, by the by, said Oregon is on the cusp “of safe and in play” for Democrats. In the “Presidential Geography” series, Five-Thirty-Eight says President Obama has a huge chance of winning Oregon in 2012, but a wave election, in which everything goes right for the GOP, could conceivably paint Oregon red or pink.
August 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM
Republican political guru Karl Rove is scheduled to appear at a pair of Bellevue fundraisers Wednesday for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Rove will headline $250-a-person Reichert fundraiser at the Bellevue Hilton ($1,000 a couple for a VIP reception).
And up to ten wealthy donors will cough up $20,000 a person for a “candid conversation” at the hotel with Rove and Reichert, with that money benefitting the NRCC.
Both events are closed to the media, said Reichert campaign spokesman Kent Patton, who declined to identify the donors planning to attend the $20,000-a-person chat.
Rove has been a longtime supporter of Reichert, helping him raise campaign cash for some of his previous contested reelection bids in the 8th Congressional District.
But Reichert hardly needs the help this year.
The 8th was reshaped in redistricting to become safe Republican territory. The district shed some of its swingy urban bits, and now stretches across the Cascades to Chelan and Kittitas counties. He already has nearly $600,000 in his campaign account, compared to $31,000 for Democratic challenger Karen Porterfield.
Rove, the political mastermind behind former President George W. Bush, is looking to be a major player for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Two political committees he cofounded, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, reportedly hope to spend $300 million to help defeat President Obama and other Democrats this year.
Crossroads GPS is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit, allowing it to air “issue” ads without disclosing its donors. An Obama campaign lawyer has filed a complaint against the group, arguing it is plainly a political outfit that should no longer be able to hide its donors while spending hundreds of millions to influence the election.
August 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is outspending Republican rival Rob McKenna on TV ads in the run-up to Tuesday’s deadline for mailing in primary-election ballots.
Inslee has spent more than $1 million on TV spots already, according to reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission. That compares with about $800,000 for McKenna.
Both candidates have used their first ads to introduce themselves in a positive light.
McKenna’s first spot showed him rapid-fire chatting with his family about his plans for the state. Inslee’s first two ads prominently feature him sitting atop a bulldozer, referencing a job he had in college, as he talks up his job-creation goals.
McKenna, the two-term Attorney General, leads in fundraising, having pulled in more than $7.4 million. Inslee, the former Congressman, has raised about $7.1 million (including about $1 million from the state Democratic Party.)
McKenna is in a good spot to add to his fundraising edge this week, as he traveled to Colorado Wednesday for a big-time GOP gathering where he can hobnob with some of the party’s top national donors.
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) event at a luxury Aspen resort is drawing presidential candidate Mitt Romney in addition to Republican governors and top prospects like McKenna.
According to POLITICO, the guest list for the RGA retreat ”reads like a who’s who of the most influential players in GOP politics,” including Karl Rove and Kevin Gentry, a top aide to billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch. The events, POLITICO notes, typically feature panel talks on policy mixed with dinners that allow top donors to mingle with the GOP governors.
Charles McCray, a McKenna campaign spokesman, confirmed McKenna was at the event in part to attend a fundraiser organized for him by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. He said McKenna will return Friday.
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