Eleven checks totaling $2.75 million does not a grassroots movement make, that is unless you are talking about Velvet bentgrass-roots.
AAN does, however, have to make certain public disclosures with the IRS, and the Washington Post has a story on what a new filing from the group shows:
American Action Network, a Washington group formed by Republican power broker Frederic V. Malek and run by former senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), collected $2.75 million from July 2009 to June 2010 in just 11 checks, the filing shows. The largest were two checks for $1 million apiece, and the smallest were two checks for $25,000.
Yes, that’s just 11 contributions from an unknown number of donors in AAN’s first year of existence. That’s fewer donations than AAN has board members. We know that at least one of those early donors was reported to be Home Depot billionaire Ken Langone.