Karl Rove

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Karl Rove is a Republican political consultant with close ties to the Bush family. During his early years in politics, Rove fought to lead the College Republicans, which led to him meeting George H.W. Bush. Rove was Bush's personal assistant as RNC chair. Afterwards, Rove left to work in political consulting in Virginia (in 1976) and then Texas (in 1977). There, he assisted with hundreds of races, gaining a reputation for winning close and tough elections. He also worked on Bush's 1992 re-election campaign, but was forced out due to ethics violations. In 2000, Rove led the winning presidential campaign of George W. Bush, and entered the Bush Administration as a chief adviser to the president. Eventually forced out of the White House due to the numerous scandals surrounding his use of executive power, Rove later reasserted his dominance over GOP politics by coming to control its campaign finance. Rove is infamous for cutthroat dirty politics, but people such as Cliff Arnebeck claim that he has gone even further to ensure Republican victories, heading an election rigging enterprise.


Entry into politics

College Republicans years

Meeting the Bush family

Work for the Virginia GOP

Texas political consulting


Campaign of George W. Bush

Bush Administration

Post-White House career

Super PAC leadership

Media punditry


Political organizations

Campaigns and PACs

  • ...
  • 2000 and 2004 George W. Bush presidential campaigns: Chief strategist

Government positions


Valerie Plame scandal

US attorneys scandal

Don Siegelman prosecution

Main article: Don Siegelman prosecution

Bush Administration emails

Main article: Bush Administration email controversy

Jack Abramoff connection

Main article: Jack Abramoff


Election rigging


Political connections

Republican politics


US intelligence

  • CIA? (evidence is spotty, but interesting)
    • Dana Jill Simpson maintains that Rove was George H.W. Bush's personal assistant as CIA director[3], and Cliff Arnebeck repeats this[4], saying that Rove "was carrying George H. W. Bush’s bag when he was director of the CIA" and "became familiar during that tenure with the CIA operations around the world"
    • Rove worked with Donald Segretti, a political dirty tricks master under Nixon whose actions may have been directed by CIA agent E. Howard Hunt (the FBI purportedly found numerous phone calls from Hunt to Segretti[5])
    • Back in high school, Rove worked for the Senate campaign of Utah politician Wallace F. Bennett. In working on Wallace Bennett's campaign, Rove became friends with his son Bob Bennett. Bob Bennett owned the Robert Mullen Company, a CIA front where Hunt had worked after officially retiring from the CIA.
    • Rove had an influential behind-the-scenes role in the 9/11 Commission, which ultimately hid the evidence of US intelligence responsibility for the attacks. During its formation, Rove was instrumental in the initial selection of Henry Kissinger as chairman, followed by Tom Kean when Kissinger was rejected. During the time that the Commission was set up, Rove had multiple phone conversations with executive director Philip Zelikow for an unclear reason.
    • According to Julian Assange, a diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks shows that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt was a US informant dating back to 1973, and his initial contact was Karl Rove. This happens to correspond to the time period that Rove started working for George Bush at the RNC. Rove and Bildt denied any impropriety, but acknowledged their longtime close friendship. During the time that Sweden attempted to frame-up Assange to get him extradited to the US, Rove was advising the CIA-friendly prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, leading to rumors that Rove was orchestrating the persecution of Assange. In the 2012 general election, Anonymous (supporters of Wikileaks) claimed to have stopped Rove from committing fraud and discussed his rivalry with Assange.

Corporate connections


  1. The Atlantic, "Karl Rove in a Corner", 2004/11 - 1994 Rove campaign to elect Republicans to the Alabama state supreme court
  2. Time, "Too Close for Comfort with Abramoff", 2006/09/29 (pages 1, 2)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dana Jill Simpson and Jim March, "Roadmap To Karl Rove's Empire Of Election Fraud", 2012 - Rove's connections to election riggers
  4. Zachary Paul for Cosmoso.net, "EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Ohio Election Fraud Lawyer Cliff Arnebeck", 2016/08/04
  5. Lisa Pease, "Bremer & Wallace: It's Déjà Vu All Over Again", 1999/06/15: "Interestingly, the FBI found numerous phone calls from E. Howard Hunt to Segretti, implying that Hunt was perhaps directing Segretti's efforts."

External links

Bush family

Virginia GOP tenure

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch, "GOP turmoil had Virginia in spotlight - in 1976", 2016/06/19: "If it was Obenshain who brought passion to the Republican Party, it was his successor as chairman, George McMath, an Eastern Shore newspaper publisher, who professionalized it. On McMath's watch, beginning in 1974, the Virginia GOP hired bright young things who would later become household names in business and national politics. [...] Brought on as finance director was a stamp-collecting former organizer of college Republicans credited decades later with installing Bush 2 in the White House: Karl Rove."
  • Washington Post, "Rove Boosts Va. GOP, Kilgore as Democrats Name Chairman", 2005/06/05 - says (perhaps erroneously) that Rove "worked for the Republican Party of Virginia for a year in 1975"
  • According to p.345 of The Dynamic Dominion by Frank B. Atkinson, Rove became finance director in late 1975 or early 1976: "McMath was able to attract an energetic, youthful corps of trained operatives to staff the state Republican headquarters. In late 1975, he tapped William Royall, twenty-nine, a veteran of several GOP campaigns and of the Republican National Committee's communications department, to serve as the party's new executive director. A few months later, a twenty-five-year-old whiz kid named Karl Rove came down from Alexandria to join the party staff as finance director."
  • According to p.42-46 of Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove (his autobiography), he was appointed in late 1975 and joined in early 1976

Texas political consulting

  • Initial move to Texas - was it for a role in the George H.W. Bush campaign?
    • ABC, "Rove: 'I'm Moby Dick'", 2007/08/13: "As Jimmy Carter was being inaugurated in January 1977, Rove moved to Texas to raise money for the older Bush's exploration committee for 1980. In his new home state, Rove became one of the most successful political strategists of the modern era. An estimate from The Atlantic magazine assesses that Rove's candidates were victorious in 34 of the 41 statewide, congressional, and national races for which he served as primary strategist."
    • PBS Frontline, "Karl Rove -- The Architect", "Chronology: Karl Rove's Life and Political Career": "In January 1977, he relocates to Texas to work as a fundraiser for George H. W. Bush's presidential-exploration political action committee. Rove also serves as an informal adviser to George W. Bush, who is making his first run for Congress."
    • Note that January 1977 is right when George Bush Sr. lost his job as CIA director following Jimmy Carter's election as president

US attorneys scandal

Political prosecutions

  • Project Save Justice: Karl Rove's Persecutions: parts 1, 2, 3

Election theft

Post-Bush GOP work

Working with Democrats

CIA connection

Less definitive connections

Other curiosities

  • BBC, "ENRON: Who's who" page on Karl Rove, 2002: "Mr Rove was one of the biggest holders of Enron stock among White House staffers, with between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares when he was appointed. He was required to sell them when the Bush administration took office. The White House has acknowledged that Mr Rove took part in meetings that helped shape the Bush government’s energy policy, while he still held Enron shares and stock in other energy companies – though the administration denies that the meetings were specific enough to raise conflict-of-interest of interest. Mr Rove also recommended the Republican strategist Ralph Reed (former executive director of the Christian Coalition) to Enron for a consulting contract as Mr Bush was considering whether to run for president. Both the White House and Enron deny that this was a deal to secure Mr Reed’s backing, but critics allege the move was intended to keep Mr Reed loyal to the Bush campaign without putting him on the Bush payroll. Critics say Mr Rove’s involvement in Mr Reed's hiring underscores the close association between Enron and the Bush inner circle."
  • Associated Press, "Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House", 2006/04/11
  • Democracy Now, "Ex-Congressional Aide: Karl Rove Personally Received (and Ignored) Iranian Peace Offer in 2003", 2007/02/26 - Swiss ambassador in Tehran had Bob Ney deliver the offer to Karl Rove