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Ad by Rove group blasts Virginia candidate over Capitol renovation spending

November 12, 2011


— What do Republican political strategist Karl Rove, the Kansas Capitol renovation project and the Senate race in Virginia have in common?

Rove's Crossroads GPS has unleashed new TV ads opposing Democratic candidates in several states.

One of those ads targets Tim Kaine, the Democratic Senate candidate in Virginia. The ad alleges that Kaine supported spending $39 million on "office upgrades for politicians."

PolitiFact has looked at the allegation and said it was "mostly false." The "office upgrades for politicians" allegation is based on Kaine's support of President Barack Obama's stimulus bill, part of which included a special bond program, called Build America Bonds, which was created to help state and local governments save money on capital projects. And Kaine had nothing to do with approval of the bonds in Kansas.

In Kansas, officials approved using the program to pay for $39 million of the Capitol renovation plan. The lower borrowing costs for the bonds would save Kansas about $840,000 in debt service costs, state officials said at the time it was approved in 2009.

Crossroads GPS has been criticized for ads in several states.


Getaroom 6 years, 5 months ago

Typical twists of facts from Rove and the GOP at large. Expect more.

jmadison 6 years, 5 months ago

Does it make sense to spend $300,000,000.00 plus on a building that is used at most 150 days per year? The is one of the biggest boondoggles in history forced upon the taxpayers of Kansas.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 5 months ago

We should all keep in mind that the statehouse is the most significant building in the state from an architectural and a historical perspective. Plus the building was neglected for decades. It's ok to question government spending, but please speak from knowledge, not ignorance.

sciencegeek 6 years, 5 months ago

It may be the most significant building in the state, but does it really need a new dome that ages to a different COLOR than the current one? $1800 desks fo the legislators? Cost overruns based on an incompetent contractor?

yeah, right.

billbodiggens 6 years, 5 months ago

The people and employees of the state are more significant than a building. The Kansas legislature has been not pay for and stealing from the retirements of those people (and their families) who have worked a lifetime for Kansas in favor of an old building that will constantly require millions in repair and upkeep. Maybe this is from a position of ignorance. If it is, then God bless it. And then there is the effort to kick those who need help the most out of the institutions they rely upon. Ignorance? How about being just plan mean and more concerned about bricks and lumber than the people they are supposed to be governing and insuring the common weal.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

"PolitiFact has looked at the allegation and said it was "mostly false.""

Pretty well sums up Karl Rove's entire career.

lunacydetector 6 years, 5 months ago

who owns the liberal St. Petersburg Times

who owns the St. Petersburg Times? the Poytner Institute (a non-profit)

who funds the Poytner Institute? the Knight Foundation

guess who is connected to the Knight Foundation? George Soros' Open Society Foundations have worked closely with The Knight Foundation and did a joint venture. They partnered up to start the Investigative News Network, which received $200,000 from the Knight Foundation and $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations. The Knight Foundations President and CEO, Alberto Ibarguen, is also on the board for AOL and yet another key Soros backed group, the progressive investigative reporting start-up ProPublica.

nice liberal propaganda job journal world!

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 5 months ago

So, what's the point? None of what you posted changes the fact that Karl Rove is a liar.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

Yea, those pesky "liberal" facts.

Watch Fox, where you'll get the unadulterated truthiness.

Jimo 6 years, 5 months ago

And here again we see the substitute for actually thinking ......

A member of the Leftist Pantheon of Evil is selected (here, George Soros) and is linked within seven degrees to any person and organization with the conclusion that the linkage demonstrates leftist evil.

Meanwhile, the merit of the issue is entirely ignored. Here, Rove's Crossroads GPS is the proverbial Damned Liar. And that's a fact.

pace 6 years, 5 months ago

Rove and Koch, the evil spin spirits. Every-time you watch a commercial of a woman putting her kids to bed, talking trash about Obama, just put a billionaire's face on her and imagine the kids as kidnapped economic victims.

blindrabbit 6 years, 5 months ago

The best use of Karl Rove is as the replacement for actor Ned Beatty's character in the re-make of the movie Deliverance. That chubby, soft, myopic Texan would fit the role very well. Just think his "roughing -up" might may him squeal truth instead of the fiction he is so famous for now. I've got a canoe, anybody a banjo, we now have a bunch of West Virginians to fill in the rest of the parts.

Jimo 6 years, 5 months ago

Rove's Crossroads GPS - a vast treasure-trove of money from secretive billionaires, corporations, and foreigners - operates under the principle that if you throw enough lies, in quantity and volume, at voters, some of them will eventually stick, as most people know little about the minutia of politics and can't believe that anyone would lie like the Devil hunting for souls.

Rove--"turd blossom" to his friends--is incapable of telling the truth. Crossroads GPS ads are routinely yanked from the air because they are objectively false.

In a polity seeking truthful, honest debate, groups like GPS should not only have their ads pulled but their money should be kept and used to replace the lying ads with ads that describe precisely why the ads were untrue and deceitful.

blindrabbit 6 years, 5 months ago

atipatioo: Having spent some time in the Appalachians hiking The Trail, I can tell you for sure you are guaranteed of not finding somebody looking like President Obama there. You know the you story from Uvalde, Texas about "not catching the sun shine setting", if you don't you might familiarize yourself. Rove with that doughy, pudgy appearance and that stupid Texas lingo would be a good substitute for Ned. About the squealing what could be more appropriate for Rove and his Karen Hughes flunky; chances are it would not solve the "truth telling" issue. Boy, I would have loved to have had that character in Marine Corps boot camp with us.

mloburgio 6 years, 5 months ago

Ad By Crossroads, Karl Rove's Outfit, Yanked Off Air For Being False

WASHINGTON -- An ad by Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS was yanked from rotation on a Montana cable show because it made claims that the network deemed false.

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