rovegillespieA conservative political group with ties to former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie reported raising more than $2 million in July, the bulk of that money coming from just two donors.
The group, called American Crossroads, filed a report Friday with the Internal Revenue Service saying it received two $1 million donations last month: one from a trust linked to former Univision President Jerry Perenchio and one from Dixie Rice Agriculture, a Louisiana company owned by Texas billionaire Harold Simmons. This is Simmons' second major investment in Crossroads. In June, another company he owns, Southern Louisiana Land, gave $1 million, according to IRS reports.
Both Perenchio and Simmons are longtime GOP donors who have each given several million dollars to Republican candidates and causes. In 2004, Simmons was one of the founding donors behind the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that spent millions running ads that attacked the military service record of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Simmons, who was one of George W. Bush's top donors, gave more than $2 million to that effort. In '08, Simmons, by then a major fundraiser for John McCain, gave $2.9 million to a group that ran an ad attacking Barack Obama's ties to Bill Ayers, a former member of the '60s-era radical group the Weather Underground.Read More »from GOP group tied to Rove raises $2 million from two donors