Erick Erickson, over at RedState, has issued the clarion call:
Put the American Opportunity Alliance on your radar. Conservatives need to be wary and need to follow money from this group to Republican candidates.
A group of billionaires and multi-billionaires intent on pushing gay marriage and amnesty has started an effort to pump money into the Republican Party. The Politico report makes clear as well that these guys want to align Republican interests to Wall Street. As we see more and more every day, Wall Street’s interests are not the same as Main Street’s interests.
This group will push social liberalism within the GOP. They’ll start with gay marriage, but no doubt over time will transition to abortion rights. That’s the way these things typically happen. They’ll push amnesty too. And they’ll want to convince the GOP that what is good for Wall Street is good for America, which is less and less true these days. [...]
Politico has more on this group. And LOOK at who has earned their blessing:
[...] Sources say the genesis for the American Opportunity Alliance can be traced to a late September meeting in New York City. That gathering, which drew roughly 20 major donors whose views spanned the GOP political spectrum, was organized by Singer, Ricketts and energy executive Joe Craft.
They were among dozens of donors who forked over checks for a December fundraiser in New York for Friends for an American Majority. Its beneficiaries were three highly competitive Republican Senate candidates: Reps. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Steve Daines of Montana, as well as Alaska’s Dan Sullivan, the former head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
The joint committee routed nearly $530,000 to those three candidates combined last year, according to recently filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. The contributions came from many of the top names in the Republican donor community. In addition to Ricketts, Asness, Schwab and Crow, donors included Craft, hedge fund managers John Paulson and Ken Griffin, and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. Along with his son Todd, who has worked with Singer on gay rights issues, Joe Ricketts leads a deep-pocketed political outfit — a linked nonprofit and super PAC both called Ending Spending — that is focused on fiscal issues.
Also listed as contributors on Friends for an American Majority’s FEC report are Dan Senor, the former adviser to Mitt Romney who is now a counselor to Singer, and two-time Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon and her husband, Vince McMahon, the co-founders of pro wrestling behemoth WWE.
The three Senate candidates who have already benefited from their largesse are expected to join the gathering in Colorado, along with a fourth Senate contender set to receive the group’s seal of approval: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, the establishment-favored challenger to first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
The Senate hopefuls are slated to participate in a discussion moderated by Ayotte, according to a Republican source.[...]