The Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads managed to raise more than $5.1 million in March, giving the group a needed boost as it seeks to help the Republican Party win the six seats it needs to win control of the Senate.
The strong fundraising total for March surpasses what the group had raised in the prior 14 months -- by the end of February, American Crossroads had raised just $3,904,389 for the 2014 cycle. As of March 31, Crossroads had more than $6.3 million cash on hand.
The group is already involved in key Senate races in Alaska and North Carolina, where two vulnerable Democrats are up for re-election. In Alaska, American Crossroads launched an ad in which former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice vouches for Dan Sullivan, the Republican candidate likely to take on Democratic Sen. March Begich. Crossroads is similarly backing the establishment Republican candidate in North Carolina, state House speaker Thom Tillis, who aims to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
While March was a strong month, the outside group -- which accepts unlimited donations -- so far has far less money than it raised in previous election cycles. During the 2010 election cycle, in which a wave of tea party Republicans were elected, the group raised more than $26 million. In the 2012 cycle, it raised more than $117 million. More money, however, doesn't always mean results -- in 2012, 11 of the 13 Senate races in which Crossroads was involved went to Democrats. And, of course, Democrats still won the White House.