Monday, March 14, 2011

All in a huff over Crossroads GPS

All in a huff over Crossroads GPS

The Crossroads ad, which points to an incestuous relationship between unions and liberal politicians, cites a paper from CATO's Chris Edwards on public-sector unions to state that their members in government make 42 percent more than "non-union" workers. The figure is potentially misleading for two reasons. First, the grammar in the ad is ambiguous, making it unclear from whether it is a comparison with all non-union workers, or non-union government workers. (Sargent wrote -- incorrectly -- that the ad specifically compares government union workers to "non unionized workers in general.")

Second, as the CATO paper notes, the 42 percent figure does not account for the fact that most unionized government workers live in states with high costs of living and high incomes, like New Jersey, California and New York. The paper suggests that after controlling for this, the discrepancy is probably something closer to 10 percent.

Sargent quoted Chris Edwards, the author of the paper, as if he were outraged by the misuse of his data. This, too, was somewhat misleading, Edwards told The Examiner.

“I didn’t initiate a complaint against the ad,” said Edwards. “The Washington Post put a spin on it that I’m making a big deal out of it. I’m not.” Edwards, who had been unaware of the ad before receiving Sargent's call, called the ad’s mistake a “copy editing error,” and said that its misinformation comes from its vagueness.

Well that explains it then... The author of a Koch-Empire Think Tank (Cato Institute) whom writes propaganda pieces to subvert America for his fatcat bosses, is REALLY NOT in conflict with the Koch-Paid-For Karl Rove propaganda ad to overthrow America. They are both on the same page, the page that lists everybody with a brown nose for Koch.

CBS News - Brian Montopoli - ‎Mar 1, 2011‎
Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush. A pair of Karl Rove-affiliated conservative groups - American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS - announced Tuesday morning that they are seeking to raise $120 million ...

Huffington Post - Peter H. Stone - ‎6 hours ago‎
They have no Karl Rove. Instead, they have David Brock, Bill Burton and Craig Varoga, none of whom have Rove's marquee fundraising appeal to fill the coffers of outside groups trying to influence the election.
Democrats desperately seek their own Rove Center for Public Integrity

Karl Rove, Koch Brothers -- on your TV, in your mailbox

Seattle Post Intelligencer - Joel Connelly - ‎Mar 6, 2011‎
The Crossroads GPS political committee, co-founded by Bush guru Karl Rove, is in my mailbox, on my TV screen and now on my radio at Whidbey Island.

Two 'shadow GOP' groups plan to spend $120 million on the 2012 campaign

Yahoo! News (blog) - Holly Bailey - ‎Mar 1, 2011‎
By Holly Bailey holly Bailey – Tue Mar 1, 1:22 pm ET A pair of conservative groups with ties to former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie plans to nearly double what they spent in 2010 to boost Republicans in next year's elections ...

Lax Internal Revenue Service rules help groups shield campaign donor identities

Washington Post - ‎Mar 9, 2011‎
Crossroads GPS was founded with backing from Karl Rove, a political adviser to President George W. Bush, and concentrated its spending to produce attacks on vulnerable Democrats last year.

Karl Rove Is Having Wet Dreams About Jeb Bush in 2012

OpEdNews - Roger Shuler - ‎Mar 6, 2011‎
But it neatly summarizes the apparent point behind a lengthy profile of GOP strategist Karl Rove in the current issue of New York magazine.