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This year, many congressional Republicans had a number of big-spending conservative groups to thank for propelling them to victory, and now Democrats hope a new liberal organization will do the same for them in 2012.

The political operative and writer David Brock has put together $4 million in funding and is hiring a staff for a Democratic-leaning outside group called American Bridge, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The group, which will fund media efforts for Democratic causes and candidates, will be headed by former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

The Times said a number of deep-pocketed Democratic donors have already pledged support, including:
Rob McKay, heir to the Taco Bell fortune and chairman of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of wealthy liberal donors; Robert Dyson, who heads Dyson-Kissner-Moran, a takeover and acquisitions firm in New York City; and Marcia L. Carsey, a television producer who gave $1 million to Democratic outside groups in 2004.
Brock told the newspaper that he will file papers with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday to formally establish American Bridge as an "independent-expenditure-only political action committee." Under new regulations approved by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the group will be allowed to accept contributions of unlimited size from individuals and corporations but must make its donor list public.

Brock also runs the liberal-leaning watchdog group Media Matters Action Network. He said he will position American Bridge so that money could be raised for Democratic political efforts via both nonprofit organizations.

Media Matters, which is not required to disclose its donors, is likely take on an expanded role in the 2012 elections, including potentially running television ads, according to the Times.

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John Vilvens

So media matters can get money from foriegn interest and not disclose it source. Where are all the writer protesting this. When the Chanber of Commerce was accused with out proof the report ran with that. I get a sense that the media may be bias.

November 24 2010 at 9:31 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

People need to wake up the old folkks are getting BS mailiers from the GOP everyday telling them Obama is going to take the socail security away and cut their medicare. Even as we all know the truth is the GOP is the party planning on doing that and right now pushing the cutting of benefits and raising the age.

November 24 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

It won't do much good. The masses need to be listening before they can be fired up, and most liberals prefer to think for themselves, so they won't be listening to liberal cheerleaders in the future anymore than they're tuning in to them now.

November 24 2010 at 1:21 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds as though Obama is not counting on those millions of $2 donations that got him elected in '08.

November 23 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ettu's comment

What's it matter ettu? We are comin' back...and we are comin' back even stronger!! Yeah baby!

November 24 2010 at 12:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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