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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-10 10:27 AM
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Kissing Cousins: How The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce & American Crossroads Hook Up To Elect Republicans
Kissing Cousins: How The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce And American Crossroads Hook Up To Elect Republicans

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......... a new investigation by ThinkProgress details just how intertwined the two groups are in their quest to advance a conservative political agenda. At every turn, from the operatives running the two organizations to their targeted races to their media firms, American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are bound to one another. Prior to becoming President and CEO of American Crossroads, Steven Law served as chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His duties included personally overseeing the legal side of the Chambers multimillion-dollar political program.

Similarly, the man currently in charge of the Chambers political activities, Bill Miller, has a history with Law and Rove. In April, the three met along with other GOP consultants, to coordinate how to jointly fight Wall Street reform. The very next day, Miller sent out an e-mail directing all Chamber members to fight reform and Rove appeared on Fox News to peddle his theory that the Wall Street reform bill would result in the government snooping into everybodys checking account.

In addition to the cooperation between top operatives, the two groups have exhibited uncanny coordination in their election targeting. In a number of Senate races, the Chamber and American Crossroads coordinated their advertisements one group put up ads in a race as the other group pulled its own down in order to ensure attack ads were always running against the Democratic candidate. Consider the dates of each groups ads in the following Senate races:

Missouri
Crossroads GPS ads: 8/18-9/3
Chamber of Commerce ads: 9/3-9/8
American Crossroads ads begin: 09/15

Colorado
Crossroads GPS ads: 8/18-9/6
Chamber of Commerce ads: 9/3-9/15
American Crossroads begin: 9/15

Kentucky
Crossroads GPS ads: 8/23-9/6
Chamber of Commerce ads: 9/3-9/15
American Crossroads ads begin: 9/22

New Hampshire
Chamber of Commerce ads: 8/25-9/7
American Crossroads ads begin: 9/21

Florida
Chamber of Commerce ads: 9/3-9/15
American Crossroads ads begin: 09/28


According to FEC records, the two groups also use the same media firm, Mentzer Media, to produce their attack ads.

more:
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/07/chamber-commerce-cr...
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