Watchdog Groups Call on California Secretary of State Candidate Damon Dunn To Reject Money Of Karl Rove and American Crossroads

Californians Do Not Want Another Ken Blackwell Or Katherine Harris

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of watchdog organizations called, yesterday released a new ad calling on California Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn to reject the support of Karl Rove and his group, American Crossroads. Dunn was handpicked by Rove to run against Debra Bowen in what looks like an attempt to place a clone of Florida SOS Katherine Harris and Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell in the California SOS position. is calling on Dunn to publicly reject Rove's dirty money and dirty tricks. The text of the ad is below.

"American Crossroads is the brainchild of Karl Rove, one of the country's most reviled political operatives for his 40-year history of electoral dirty tricks, including conspiring with Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell in 2004 and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in 2000 to manipulate the Bush presidential elections.

Now Rove has hand picked Damon Dunn for California's next Secretary of State with the backing of American Crossroads and the US Chamber of Commerce --groups secretly funded by a cabal of corporate barons opposed to any common sense regulation, health care reform, environmental protection, or financial accountability.

Rove's group and the Chamber each plan to spend at least $50 million this year to manipulate elections and buy politicians in a dozen states, including Damon Dunn in California. Citizens United, a 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate funding of elections, makes such massive donations possible. Steven Law, Chief Counsel of the US Chamber of Commerce and CEO of American Crossroads, is promising donors that he will not disclose their names or how their money is spent.

But 87% of Americans across the political spectrum do not want corporations buying their elected officials.

Damon, you have campaigned on financial transparency in elections, including the tracking of contributions and expenditures, yet you are being supported by American Crossroads, which is hiding all its financial activities behind a wall of lawyers and secrecy. It's time to put your money where your mouth is and tell American Crossroads and the Chamber that you reject their support.

Do the right thing Damon. Tell Karl Rove you will not be another Ken Blackwell or Katherine Harris. Tell Rove to keep his dirty politics and dirty money out of California elections."

"By connecting the dots and following the money, we have found that Damon Dunn is benefitting from the support of Karl Rove and American Crossroads," said AmericanCrossroadsWatch spokesman and attorney Kevin Zeese. "Rove handpicked Dunn and created American Crossroads, which is directly spending over a million dollars to support Carly Fiorina. Dunn, Fiorina and Whitman are running as a team, with Whitman's campaign advisor Hector Barajas doubling as Dunn's campaign advisor. Clearly, Dunn has not shown independence but rather has tied himself to Rove and the Rove-backed Fiorina/Whitman campaigns in order to reap an advantage from the dirty American Crossroads money."


[Editor's note: The video clip referenced above is included here.]

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