Rove-backed conservative group raises $8 million in June

A new conservative group backed by former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove raised $8 million in June after reporting dismal fundraising numbers during its first three months. 

The group, called American Crossroads, and its affiliate American Crossroads GPS, has stated that it wants to raise $50 million for the fall midterm elections. Its previous numbers cast doubt on that goal, but the group appeared to turn things around in March. 

The Associated Press reported

American Crossroads President Steven Law said Wednesday that the two groups together raised nearly $8.5 million in June, much of it solicited from wealthy donors by Rove and [former RNC chairman and backer Ed] Gillespie. His organization reported raising $1 million in April but just $200 in May.

The tiny figure for May most likely reflects the group's strategy of soliciting large pledges from wealthy people and then collecting the money in batches. Law said the May figure was an aberration and that he expects donations to flow more steadily in coming months.

Both groups are tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations operating under somewhat different rules. Major donors to American Crossroads must be disclosed in public reports filed with the IRS.

Last month, Law dismissed the poor fundraising numbers from March, April and May as time spent building up the organization. 

The group has been active in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) tough reelection battle against GOP candidate Sharron Angle. 

Law said in June that in addition to the Nevada race, the group will focus on Senate races in Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.