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04/18/2012 06:45 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2012

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Crossroads GPS Doles Out Millions To Conservative Groups

Tax forms for the political non-profit Crossroads GPS were posted to a story on Politico and show that the group has brought in more than $70 million since its inception and has doled out millions to other conservative organizations. Politico reports, "Crossroads GPS, as the group is known, directed major grants to Americans for Tax Reform, American Action Network, the 60 Plus Association, National Right to Life, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, according to the tax forms. The forms show that Crossroads GPS raised nearly $77 million between its incorporation in May 2010 and the end of 2011, primarily from a couple dozen contributions of $1 million or more — including two $10 million donations — and also revealed that Crossroads President Steven Law earned about $600,000 last year. It’s the first financial disclosure by Crossroads GPS and it shows that the nonprofit’s fundraising has surpassed that of its super PAC sibling American Crossroads."

House Democrats have reserved $32 million in advertising time in congressional districts in 14 states. The early time reservation provides Democratic super PACs and unions, neither of whom are allowed to coordinate with the party, see where the national party is placing their resources.

Some lobbyists are nearing the threshold for the maximum amount they can give for one election cycle. They can, however, always give to super PACs.

New York State is a central battleground in the fight over money in politics, reports Mother Jones' Andy Kroll.

Lawmakers and activists joined at the Capitol today to urge a grassroots movement to overturn Citizens United and pass a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. HuffPost was there.

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In Arkansas, a super PAC took out a full page ad to attack Sen. Mark Pryor, who isn't up for election until 2014.

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Committee: Democratic National Committee
Candidate Opposed: Mitt Romney
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Committee: National Republican Congressional Committee
Candidate Opposed: Barack Obama
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Market: YouTube.
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Committee: Dick Lugar for Senate
Candidate Opposed: Richard Mourdock
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Market: Indiana.
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Committee: Josh Mandel for Senate
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Committee: Tammy Baldwin for Senate
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Committee: Don Stenberg for Senate
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Committee: Ted Cruz for Senate
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TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Newt Gingrich (R), $13,017,772 to support, $18,885,161 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $7,548,235 to support, $20,923,379 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $3,317,306 to support, $6,941,465 to oppose. (+$14,175)
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,748,218 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $294,895 to support, $1,013,513 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

American Action Network, $4,042 to oppose Dan Llijenquist for Senate in Utah.
FreedomWorks for America, $2,671 to support Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana.
FreedomWorks for America, $29,823 to oppose Dick Lugar for Senate in Indiana.
FreedomWorks for America, $4,099 to oppose Orrin Hatch for Senate in Utah.
Priorities USA Action, $4,725 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Delaware.
Priorities USA Action, $4,725 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Pennsylvania.
Priorities USA Action, $4,725 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Rhode Island.
United Mine Workers, $3,149 to support Mark Critz for Congress in Pennsylvania's 12th District.
Club for Growth, $86,445 to oppose Dick Lugar for Senate in Indiana.
Club for Growth, $43,222 to support Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana.
Club for Growth Action, $63,536 to oppose Jon Bruning for Senate in Nebraska.
Center Forward, $104,700 to oppose Matt Cartwright for Congress in Pennsylvania's 17th District.

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