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Rove American Crossroads in Mississippi Controversy

By on 7.16.14 | 8:00AM

The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear:

Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff

Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary:

American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […]

“Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries this cycle and are now focused on general elections. With the Chamber, the NRSC, and a local super PAC already backing Cochran, this is not our fight,” Paul Lindsay, spokesman for Crossroads, said in a statement.”

Really?

Just out is the quarterly FEC filing from Mississippi Conservatives. And what does it show? 

According to the FEC, on June 20 — that would be four days before the June 24 runoff — the controversial Cochran-supporting group Mississippi Conservatives received a $50,000 donation from… American Crossroads. 

Something, as they say, seems amiss.

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