"Karl Rove must have missed the action I took in January 2004 that was much louder than a whisper, when Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, filed FEC complaints against two pro-Democratic groups, Americans Coming Together (ACT) and The Media Fund, the two biggest spending 527 groups in the 2004 presidential election," he wrote.
Wertheimer also pointed to the groups' successful FEC complaint against ACT, which resulted in an FEC finding that ACT had illegally spent more than $100 million to support the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).
"He also must have missed the fact that our complaint resulted in a $775,000 civil penalty paid by ACT, the third largest penalty in the Commission's history at the time, according to the FEC," Wertheimer sniped.
In addition, the watchdog's FEC complaint against The Media Fund resulted in an FEC finding that The Media Fund had illegally spent more than $50 million to support the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2004 presidential election and in a $580,000 civil penalty.
In response to the complaints, the FEC found ACT and The Media Fund had made combined illegal campaign expenditures of more than $150 million to support the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election. The complaints resulted in combined civil penalties of $1,355,000 against these two pro-Democratic groups.
"Funny, I never did hear any complaints from Karl Rove about my being engaged in partisan action when we successfully challenged pro-Democratic 527 groups for illegal activity in the 2004 presidential election," Wertheimer recalled. "In fact, come to think of it, I never heard one whisper from Karl Rove."