They set out to buy the White House and U.S. Senate this year, but massively fueled pro-Republican "SuperPACS" with names like Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity ran out of gas on Election Day 2012.
They burned through as much as $1 billion and failed to light a fire under the American electorate. Public recriminations are delicious to watch as America's boorish rich rag on each other.
"Congratulations Karl Rove on blowing $400 million this cycle: Every race Crossroads GPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of ads," real estate mogul Donald Trump tweeted to the man once described as "Bush's brain."
Rove and ex-Republican National Chairman Ken Gillespie co-founded American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two SuperPACs that spent massively in 2010 ($5.5 million against Sen. Patty Murray here) and in 2010.
The wealthy investors in these groups received a "return" of 1 percent on their money, according to an evaluation by the non-profit Sunlight Foundation. Mitt Romney lost, and Democrats ran the table in U.S. Senate races.