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Sep 20, 2010 6:27 AM

Groups allied to GOP boost their fundraising

New freedom from fundraising restrictions established by the Supreme Court are paying off for at least some Republican-allied groups.

Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million, creating a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November.

American Crossroads and its political sibling, Crossroads GPS, raised about $14.5 million in the 30-day period that ended yesterday. It's seen as a signal that their aggressive advertising and voter outreach in key Senate battleground states have struck a chord with Republican donors.

The two groups were launched under the direction of two of President George W. Bush's top political advisers, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, who still serve as informal advisers.

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