American Crossroads is the second largest super PAC in this election and it raised $80 million this year. The super PAC has a conservative viewpoint and the majority of the money is used in favor of Republican candidates. Total money spent on independent expenditures was $124.1 million. Most of the ads went toward opposing democratic candidates.
Karl Rove, former campaign runner for John Ashcroft and George W. Bush, founded the organization in 2010. After the election, Rove received criticism for having a $300 million budget that showed little results with ads on both television and Internet.
Since the Supreme Court ruled the new decision of the super PACs in 2010, Rove and Edward Gillespie, a former White House counselor of the Bush administration and a former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, created a spinoff of American Crossroads. The new organization is named Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, also known as Crossroads GPS. It is a 501(c)(4) organization, which means that they do not need to disclose their donors, which American Crossroads must do. The two organizations work closely together.
Crossroads GPS promotes the “New Majority Agenda,” which focuses on a pro-growth tax system, healthcare, free enterprise, global engagement and financial security.
Top organization donors are:
Contran Corp, $19.5 million
Perry Homes, $7.5 million
TRT Holdings, $4.5 million