“Obama’s Lawyer Demands Information on Group’s Donors”

NYT’s The Caucus: “The lawyer for President Obama demanded on Tuesday that Crossroads GPS disclose its donors, saying in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the group is plainly a ‘political committee’ subject to federal reporting requirements. In the complaint, obtained by The New York Times, Robert F. Bauer, the campaign’s chief counsel, writes that the group — founded by Karl Rove, among others — can no longer shield the identity of its donors by defining itself as a ‘social welfare’ organization. ‘Crossroads seems to believe that it can run out the clock and spend massive sums of money in this election without accounting for a trace of its funding,’ Mr. Bauer wrote in the complaint, filed Tuesday. ‘Now, a federal appellate court has issued a ruling that makes clear that Crossroads is out of time.’ The case Mr. Bauer cites is ‘Real Truth About Obama v. FEC,’ in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the government must determine the ‘major purpose’ of groups like Crossroads.”

Huffington Post: “‘We’re generally skeptical of complaint letters sent to The New York Times -– and that we’re cc’d on,’ Crossroads GPS spokesman Jonathan Collegio said in an email. ‘The big question is whether Bauer sent a similar letter to Priorities USA -– a group modeled after Crossroads GPS to support President Obama’s policies.'”

From my post on the Real Truth case last week: “With this 4th Circuit opinion, I now expect campaign reform groups and/or Democrats to file complaints against Crossroads GPS, claiming its major purpose is to elect Republican candidates to federal office and that it is violating the law by not registering as a political committee.”

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