Jim Kouri
Obama team attempting to silence GOP groups, say conservatives
By Jim Kouri
June 28, 2012

In an attempt to place conservative advocacy groups that are supporting the Republican presidential and congressional candidates on the defensive, President Barack Obama's attorney made an official complaint to the Federal Election Commission federal election on Friday, demanding that the conservative group Crossroads GPS reveal a list of it contributors, claimed conservative activists on Friday .

Apparently during this election cycle the old axiom, "what's good for the goose is good for the gander," has no place in party politics, according to critics of the Obama campaign team.

Crossroads GPS is run by former President George W. Bush's top minion, Karl Rove, who admits he plans to spend well over a quarter-billion dollars in its pursuit to achieve victories for Republican candidates at the local and national levels.

The Federal Election Commission, the elections oversight agency, is currently split along party lines and has repeatedly deadlocked on whether social welfare groups must disclose their donors if they engage in political activity.

"There has never been any doubt about its true purpose: to elect candidates of its choice to the presidency and Congress," Obama's campaign attorney, Robert Bauer, wrote in his complaint to the FEC, posted by the New York Times in its web site.

Recently, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) announced new TV issue ads in Missouri, North Dakota, and Ohio — urging action to fight wasteful spending, government debt and ObamaCare. The ads, backed by a $2 million total buy, continue Crossroads GPS's advocacy of its New Majority Agenda to fix the broken economy.

"We're turning up the heat on Washington to fix the debt mess and stop President Obama's destructive health care takeover," said Nate Hodson, Crossroads GPS director of State and Regional Media Relations.

"These ads alert citizens to where policymakers stand and equip them to advocate for the practical solutions contained in the New Majority Agenda," he said.

However, the Obama re-election campaign has its own liberal-left groups that enjoy a similar relationship with his campaign committee. For example, Priorities USA Action, the monthly reporting Super PAC and Priorities USA, the non-disclosing nonprofit.

"Folks would do well to consider this a goofy sideshow until Obama sends the same letter to Priorities USA — the group modeled after Crossroads but which supports the president," a Crossroads spokesman, Jonathan Collegio, said.

"In the end, Obama doesn't care about the campaign laws; he only cares about silencing conservative groups that are holding him accountable for his failed record," he added.

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