Who Funds Crossroads GPS?

Karl Rove

The Obama campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission yesterday, arguing that Crossroads GPS, the secret front group founded by Karl Rove, should be required under the law to reveal who its donors are.

As the Washington Post reports:

“In a letter to Crossroads—and a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission—the president’s lawyer, Robert F. Bauer, demanded that Crossroads divulge its donors because it is a political committee and not, as it calls itself, a “social welfare” organization.

“The demands, first reported by the New York Times, stem from a federal appeals court decision last week that upheld an FEC rule calling for case-by-case analysis of whether groups must disclose.

“Under the pretense of charitable activities, Crossroads has tried to shield its donors—wealthy individuals and corporations who may be pursuing special interest agendas that are not in the national interest,” Bauer wrote in the FEC complaint. “Complaints about this scheme to achieve anonymity are pending before this agency and before the Internal Revenue Service, but Crossroads seems to believe that it can run out the clock and spend massive sums of money in this election without accounting for a trace of its funding.”

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and nonprofit groups such as Crossroads GPS have run millions of dollars worth of ads without disclosing donors.”

Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent an email last night, explaining the implications of the court’s decision and asking supporters to demand that groups, like Crossroads, make their donors public.

New Health Care Law Helps More than 3 million Young Adults Get Coverage

A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that 3.1 million young adults have gained health insurance because of the health care law. Without the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – these 3.1 million young adults would not have health insurance. As a result of the law, the proportion of insured adults ages 19 through 25 has increased to nearly 75 percent.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to allow young adults to remain on their parents’ family plans until their 26thbirthday, even if they move away from home or graduate from school.  This policy took effect on September 23, 2010.

“Today, because of the health care law, more than 3 million more young adults have health insurance,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “This policy doesn’t just give young adults and their families peace of mind, it also gives them freedom.  It means that as they begin their careers, they will be free to make choices based on what they want to do, not on where they can get health insurance.”

Before the Affordable Care Act, young adults were the age group least likely to have health insurance.  Not only were young adults more likely to be uninsured, they were also more than twice as likely as older adults to lose private insurance coverage once they had it.  Some young adults lost coverage when they became too old to qualify as a dependent on their parents’ plans, and others lost coverage as they graduated from school or changed jobs.

A similar report released in December 2011 showed that 2.5 million young adults who would otherwise have been uninsured had gained coverage through June 2011.  Using the most recent information on insurance coverage from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, today’s report finds that from September 2010 to December 2011 the percentage of adults ages 19 through 25 with insurance coverage increased from 64.4 percent to 74.8 percent.  That translates to 3.1 million young adults with coverage.  This increase continues the steady upward trend in insurance coverage among young adults since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

Starting in 2014, there will be even more health coverage options available to young adults when Affordable Insurance Exchanges, premium tax credits, and the Medicaid expansion go into effect.

To see the new HHS report, please visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/aspe/gaininginsurance/rb.shtml

Learn more about health care reform at Healthcare.gov.

New Mexico’s Crime Victims Fund Receives $2.8 Million Federal Grant

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has announced that New Mexico will receive $2.8 million from the to support victims of domestic violence.

The grant was awarded through the Office for Victims of Crime in order to enhance crime victim services in New Mexico.

“The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission’s mission is to assist New Mexicans who have incurred legal costs because they were victims of crimes,” Bingaman said. “I’m glad this grant will help support the commission’s important efforts.”