According to two GOP operatives with knowledge of Crossroads’ operations, Barbour was upset with the way the new affiliate, the Conservative Victory Project, was rolled out on the front page of The New York Times in early February by the group’s president, Steven Law. “Barbour was blindsided and appalled at Law’s announcement in The New York Times about taking on the grassroots,” said one of the operatives. The three GOP operatives who spoke to The Huffington Post all requested anonymity to preserve their ties to the Crossroads groups.
Still, Barbour has indicated that he sees a rationale for the new victory project, calling it “a bad idea whose time has come.” Barbour’s comment was cited in an email that Law sent to Crossroads donors, according to a Politico report.
Barbour, who took on his part-time fundraising mission largely to oust Obama, is focusing more on the lobbying business he co-founded in the early 1990s, now called BGR Group, and giving speeches.
After last November’s debacle, I’m convinced American Crossroads does little more than use half-minute movies to funnel money from political donors to local TV station, so I’m not sure this is any big loss for the organization.