We will deliver this letter with thousands of signatures to Attorney General Eric Holder :
Attorney General Eric Holder
Department of Justice
950 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Mr. Holder:
I am one of the 85% of Americans who do not want corporations buying our elections. Therefore,
I am requesting that the Department of Justice launch an investigation into a new organization
created by Karl Rove called American Crossroads ("AC"). As you know, Mr. Rove has been involved
with dirty tricks and election manipulations since his days in the Nixon Administration. During
the Bush Administration, he was implicated in the Brooks Brothers riot during the Florida 2000
recount, the theft of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman\ís 2002 election, the 2004 Ohio election
debacle, the missing White House emails, the unethical targeting of U.S. Attorneys, the illegal
outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and even the death of Bush election IT guru Michael
Connell, among many other things.
Mr. Rove created AC in order to sideline the Republican National Committee ("RNC") and take
advantage of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that allowed unlimited corporate funding
of elections. Press reports indicate that AC is planning to amass and spend at least $52 million
to support candidates friendly to Big Business, all without disclosure or accountability.
I, believe, based on Mr. Rove's sordid history and the corrupting influence of secret money,
that AC will engage in unethical and illegal activity during this election season. In fact,
AC's hostile takeover of the duties of the RNC without the concomitant regulatory accountability
appears to be illegal on its face. Also, the payment to AC of tens of millions in secret funding
from corporate CEO's, without board or shareholder approval and without disclosure, smacks of
money laundering and campaign finance violations. As you know, Citizens United did not do away
with all common sense campaign finance regulations, and the Court specifically mentioned that
disclosure regulations and limits on foreign donations are entirely appropriate.
Only a criminal investigation of AC with subpoena power will be able to discover whether AC is
complying with federal (and state) laws. I want to know which corporations are funding AC and
the candidates running for election. I want to know that foreign corporations and individuals
are not seeking to control our elected representatives by funneling money through AC. I want
to be sure that since AC is acting in the shoes of the RNC, it is also complying with the
regulations that govern the RNC.
Please announce a widespread investigation of American Crossroads as soon as possible in order
to protect democracy, our elections, and the rule of law.