If you worried about anonymous political contributions influencing the November elections, take heart. They aren’t just about torpedoing candidates.
The secret donors are busy influencing policy after the elections, too.
Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire is one of 11 Democrats targeted in a radio ad campaign last week by Crossroads GPS, one of the political groups associated with Republican operative Karl Rove.
Crossroads is a non-profit issue advocacy group, so under existing court rulings they don’t have to reveal their donors.
Spokesman Jonathan Collegio explained that the group wanted to pressure Democrats who might vote to prevent the tax deal struck by President Obama and Republican leaders from coming to the floor. The organization spent $400,00 on the radio spots.
Except for Altmire’s name, the ad is identical to the one you can hear by clicking the player above. It begins by mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the phrase, “sheeee’s back!”
Altmire, who beat back a Republican challenge in November voted for the tax package.