The American Crossroads already has a super star founder in former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, and the political connections to make it a huge power player in the 2012 elections.
Now they have something else to crow about: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Barbour has been a huge fundraiser for Republicans to date, using his muscle and name to bring in big dollars both for Republican campaigns and the Republican Governor’s Association, which he chairs. He made many potential GOP presidential candidates nervous while he considered his own run, which had the potential to suck up a lion’s share of campaign donations.
Now, he will bring that fundraising muscle to American Crossroads and American Crossroads GPS, groups that will be using the Citizen’s United unlimited donations ruling to influence the 2012 elections.
With Barbour in the mix, Rove’s group has declared a new 2012 fundraising goal — $240 million. Just think of all the ads that money can buy.
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