Reporting from Washington — American Crossroads, a conservative group founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove and other party leaders, has raised more than $24 million since it was started this year, including $8 million in the first 13 days of October.
Reports filed Wednesday night with the Federal Election Commission shed some light on the group's funding sources.
Major donations flowed by way of Texas, the reports show. Bob J. Perry, a Houston home builder known for financing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, contributed $7 million. Robert B. Rowling and his Irving, Texas, firm TRT Holdings, which owns Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym, contributed nearly $5 million.
Also disclosed was a $50,000 contribution from Donald Trump.
Unlike its sister organization, Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads is organized in a way that requires disclosure of its donors. Disclosure forms previously filed with the election commission show that other major donors include American Financial Group, a Cincinnati holding company, which contributed $4 million; Bradley Wayne Hughes, founder and chairman of Public Storage, who contributed $1.3 million; and the living trust of Jerry Perenchio, former owner of Univision, which gave $1 million.
Though GOP-allied groups appeared flush with cash -- American Action Network, a group run by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, spent nearly $7 million airing ads in 18 districts last week, according to FEC records -- the National Republican Congressional Committee issued a plea to supporters.