He took in over $170 million (some think the total take is $400 million) much of it from clueless billionaires. After skimming millions off the top for himself and his partners in crime, Rove channeled millions more to his buddies in the political consulting, ad production, and polling businesses. The rest of the money was flushed down the toilet lest the billionaire marks ask for some of it back.
It was a brilliantly crafted scam. If Rove was as good a political operative as he is a thief he might actually have influenced the election.