Grass-roots groups seeking a conservative Republican Party are raking in more money than establishment GOP organizations in what is shaping up as a big-bucks struggle for control of the party’s future amid the looming mid-term elections.
Powerful groups, such as Karl Rove's Crossroads, are this year having trouble raising the same kind of cash they brought in during the 2012 elections, The New York Times reports.
Crossroads spent more than $300 million trying to oust President Barack Obama and win the Senate, but failed in both efforts, and donors are turning elsewhere in hopes of returning Republicans to Washington.
Rove's three Crossroads organizations raised just $6.1 million last year, 98 percent less than in 2012, Politico reports.
The Tea Party Patriots, meanwhile, are raising record amounts of money, attracting donors angry about compromises incumbent GOP lawmakers have made in recent years over federal spending.
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