FEC Believes Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Violated Campaign Finance Laws

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January 15, 2014 11:34 a.m.

The Federal Elections Commission believes Republican strategist Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, his pro-Republican fundraising organization, probably violated campaign finance rules.

The 2012 report, first reported by the Sunlight Foundation on Tuesday and released on Friday, recommends the FEC conduct a deep investigation of Rove’s organization. But the report was just a recommendation and the FEC did not act on it. The panel in charge of opening an investigation was tied 3 to 3 in a vote as to whether it should pursue an inquiry.

Specifically, the FEC report said that Crossroads GPS had violated campaign finance regulations going back to 2010 because it did not register as a political group. In 2012 Crossroads GPS used about 40 percent of its money on campaign-related spending, according to The Washington Post.

Since its creation, Crossroads GPS has become one of the most influential fundraising groups with a huge amount of money to wield. If Crossroads GPS had registered as a political organization it would have had to name its biggest donors.

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