One Nation

One Nation is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that serves as an arm of the Crossroads network. The group’s goal is to help Republicans win and retain Senate seats; as a nonprofit, its role in this effort is ostensibly to focus on policy issues.[1] Though One Nation became active in mid-2015, the Center for Responsive Politics notes that One Nation “isn’t ‘new,’ and that’s probably the point. Virginia state incorporation records show that the operatives who run Crossroads simply took over an existing 501(c)(4), and they likely did so because the group had the one thing that has been elusive to Crossroads since its founding in 2010: An approved application for tax exemption from the IRS.”[2] This status as a 501(c)(4) allows One Nation to operate as a ‘dark money’ nonprofit and thus avoid disclosing its donors.

One Nation is chaired by Steven Law, who also heads the two Crossroads groups and the Senate Leadership Fund.[3] In May 2015, One Nation launched a $1.9 million advertising campaign in support of 5 Republican senators.[4] In October 2015, One Nation announced that it would spend $1.12 million in support of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).[5]

As of March 31, 2016, One Nation had raised approximately $22 million.[6] Per press releases on its website, it has spent over $10.75 million in 9 Senate races (IA, IL, IN, MO, NC, NH, NV, OH, and PA) through the end of May 2016.[7] In June 2016, the group announced that it would spend another $16 million on June and July ads to help Republicans in 5 Senate races.[8] The breakdown is $4.8 million in Ohio, $4.6 million in New Hampshire, $2.7 million in Pennsylvania, $2.3 million in Nevada, and $1.5 million in Missouri.[9]

[1]New Rove-linked group spends $2M to boost GOP incumbents.” Alexandra Jaffe, CNN, 05/12/15

[2]Rove’s ‘new’ group isn’t new, and that could be the point.” Robert Maguire, The Center for Responsive Politics, 05/26/15

[3]New Rove-linked group spends $2M to boost GOP incumbents.” Alexandra Jaffe, CNN, 05/12/15

[4]New Rove-linked group spends $2M to boost GOP incumbents.” Alexandra Jaffe, CNN, 05/12/15

[5]One Nation goes up for Portman.” Theodoric Meyer, Politico Morning Score, 10/27/15

[6]Group to spend $16 million to keep Senate in GOP hands.” Rebecca Ballhaus, The Wall Street Journal, 06/06/16

[7]One Nation – News.” Accessed 06/06/16

[8]Group to spend $16 million to keep Senate in GOP hands.” Rebecca Ballhaus, The Wall Street Journal, 06/06/16

[9]Group to spend $16 million to keep Senate in GOP hands.” Rebecca Ballhaus, The Wall Street Journal, 06/06/16