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By Michael Beckel and Reity O’Brien, the Center for Public Integrity 

Karl Rove Photo: Reuters/Fred Prouser

If Karl Rove was an NFL coach and not a political strategist, he would probably be looking for a new job about now.

Organizations co-founded by the GOP’s most effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.