The controversy surrounding alleged foreign money being used to finance the midterm elections is heating up. Recently, a coalition of watchdog groups has sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding that it investigate organizations that may be violating campaign finance laws.
The watchdog groups — under the banner of ProtectOurElections.org — have complained that organizations such as Crossroads GPS and the American Future Fund are knowingly violating certain provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), including failing to register as a political committee, file financial disclosure reports as such and comply with organizational requirements.
Kevin Zeese, attorney and spokesman for the coalition, said that contrary to conventional wisdom, which says that the Federal Elections Commission can only impose civil sanctions for campaign finance violations, FECA provides for criminal sanctions that can be enforced by the DOJ.
Yet, the charges have been consistently denied by Karl Rove, who acts as an advisor and a fundraiser for Crossroads GPS. He said that there is "not one shred of evidence" for the criticism leveled by Democrats that Rove, Ed Gillespie and the United States Chamber of Commerce channeled any foreign money to spend on political ads.
Rove called the allegations "a desperate political ploy by the White House," and added that it is helping the GOP rather than hurting it because it drives more people to conservative websites where they can donate money.