Karl Rove unveiled his new Wikicountability project today. Mr. Rove and his PAC, Crossroads GPS, describe it as an exercise in holding the Obama administration accountable for answering Freedom of Information requests. Over at Mother Jones, David Corn flags the inherent contradiction in that:
This Crossroads GPS project, though, is built upon a profound incongruity. The conservative organization is championing accountability and openness, yet it does not disclose the well-heeled funders and special interests underwriting its own efforts to shape the political system. Last year, Crossroads GPS--which Rove and Ed Gillespie, another former Bush White House aide, created following the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United decision--spent $17 million on the 2010 elections to elect Republicans. NBC News reported that a "substantial portion of Crossroads GPS' money came from a small circle of extremely wealthy Wall Street hedge fund and private equity moguls." Crossroads GPS is the poster-nonprofit for secret campaign mega-money.
The nice thing about the Rove move is that it's so pure Karl Rove. Take the weakest thing about yourself, and brag about it as if it's a strength: George Bush is a Vietnam war hero.
Take the strongest thing about your opponent and attack him for it as if it's his Achilles heel: John Kerry was a coward in Vietnam.
And now Crossroads PAC -- which doesn't reveal its donors -- is a crusader for political transparency. Rove and company will go after "big money in politics" next, or "shadowy billionaire funders" or something -- watch.