The Impact of the Super PAC This Election Cycle
In reflecting on this election season, some are saying the electoral defeat of the many candidates backed by super PACS - independent billionaire funded outside organizations - turned out to be a bust.
In the Sunday, November 11 edition, the Washington Post claimed that GOP strategist Karl Rove backed many candidates with his brainchild, a behemoth super PAC named American Crossroads. The loss of so many candidates backed by Rove's super PAC proves that "politics has finally passed Rove by." To the contrary, noted Rove, who is quoted as stating "We did good things this year ... but look, it's the way of politics that you're going to have some good years, and you're going to have some bad years."
The Washington Post reports that Rove is considering new missions for Crossroads to begin picking sides in Republican primaries, leaving behind battling only in general elections and battling only Democrats.
"The idea would be to boost the [primary] candidate it deems most electable and avoid nominating the kind of flawed [or] extreme ones who cost the Party what should otherwise have been easy Senate wins in" several states.
The 2012 elections for Crossroads was a "$300 million learning experience." As Rove adds, "we've got to carefully examine ... an after-action report looking at everything with fresh eyes and questioning and figuring out what worked and what didn't work."
The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks money in politics, notes that only 6 percent of Crossroads money went to winners. By comparison, the Washington Post reports that the Service Employees International Union, "an old war horse of Democratic politics, had a 70 percent victory rate."
Donald Trump even weighed in saying "Congratulations to Karl Rove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race Crossroads ran ads in, the Republican lost."
On November 10, the Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty wrote that Rove is likely to have Crossroads be more active in organizations such as the Republican State Leadership Committee, which has been trying to build a more appealing GOP "farm team" by, among other things, recruiting Hispanics to run for State offices. In addition, there is money being raised to run advertising shoring up congressional Republicans during the upcoming negotiations to avert what has been called the "fiscal cliff."