July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
1 year ago

First on the CNN Ticker: RNC commits nearly $1 million on health care campaign

The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.
The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month in an effort to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to reform health care, a GOP official tells CNN.

The Republican campaign will include television commercials already running in Arkansas, Nevada and North Dakota and new radio ads announced Friday that will air in 33 states.

The RNC did not reveal Friday who the radio ads would target, but CNN has learned the 60 second commercials will run against 60 House Democrats.

"The Democrats targeted by the RNC radio ad have campaigned on fiscal responsibility, and now these Democrats are being held accountable to their campaign promises as they prepare to vote on a government-run health care bill that will cost American taxpayers $1.6 trillion, add to the record budget deficit and burden American families and small businesses with higher taxes," RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN.

In addition, the GOP will engage in tele-town hall meetings, Web ads, and other grassroots activity over the congressional recess, Gitcho said.

Full list of Democrats targeted in ad campaign after the jump:

Democrats targeted in new RNC radio ad campaign

· Illinois Rep. Deborah Halvorson
· Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler
· Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak
· Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer
· Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus
· Ohio Rep. Charlie Wilson
· Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy
· Ohio Rep. John Boccieri
· Ohio Rep. Zack Space
· Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen
· Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil
· North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre
· North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell
· North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler
· Pennsylvania Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper
· Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire
· Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney
· Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski
· Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye
· Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello
· Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher
· Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder
· Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell
· Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore
· Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz
· Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson
· North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy
· South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
· Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
· Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell
· Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
· Colorado Rep. John Salazar
· Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey
· Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter
· New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich
· New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague
· Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren
· Texas Rep. Chet Edwards
· Utah Rep. Jim Matheson
· New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
· New York Rep. Dan Maffei
· New York Rep. Eric Massa
· Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright
· Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith
· Florida Rep. Allen Boyd
· Florida Rep. Alan Grayson
· Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas
· Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall
· Georgia Rep. John Barrow
· Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers
· Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor
· Tennessee Rep. Lincoln Davis
· Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon
· Tennessee Rep. John Tanner
· California Rep. Jerry McNerney
· Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick
· Nevada Rep. Dina Titus
· Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio
· Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader
· Washington Rep. Brian Baird

Filed under: Health care • RNC
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. DX in TX

    WHAT...$1,000,000,000.00...you have to be kidding me! Why couldn't the Republicans spend more time and money on coming up with a better solution than spending it on scare tactics.
    Republicans are a joke, their soul purpose is to lie, cheat and win by any means necessary. Republicans don't care about the American people they only care about running this country with their narrow views.

    Obama/Biden
    2008/2012

    July 27, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. katiec

    People beware.
    There is an e mail going around that claims to be the health care plan. It is full of distortions, swiftboating and senders comments.
    If you receive this please let those involved know you do not
    accept or support this kind of garbage.
    They are trying every dirty tactic available to destroy health care
    reform.

    July 27, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Jon

    The GOP is more concerned with making sure criminals have easy access to machine guns than they are to making sure all Americans have easy access to health care. How does anyone vote for these people anymore?

    July 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. alvino

    I am fairly sure that this money is a small part of what the insurance industry has donated to the party of "No!" It gives them a chance to protect their donators outrageous profits at our expense.

    July 27, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Peejay

    I'd like to see CNN do some investigative journalism and come up with names and numbers of political contributions by insurance, pharma, etc. to obstructionists of both parties.

    July 27, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. alvino

    It would have been better if the RNC had given money to 'neutralizer' to get mental help.

    July 27, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Really

    How much is the democratic party spending, including Obama on promoting their socialist health plan?

    July 27, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Steph

    It costs a lot of money to convince people to vote against their own interests. We NEED health care reform not goofy commercials. Commercials aren't going to save anyone's life or help people who have lost everything due to high medical bills.

    July 27, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Thanks for the list. Now I know who to donate to.

    It's been said, but why doesn't this money go, instead towards improving the plan?

    July 27, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. B

    This is all that the RNC is about– Casting doubt, trying to save their buddies in large corporations that might have an effect on mega profits.

    July 27, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    and the GOP plan for health care reform is...............??????

    July 27, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. katiec

    The GOP will not ease up their efforts to destroy health care reform. We cannot let them succeed. Their support of big business over the welfare of the American people is criminal. They are becoming our
    most dangerous domestic terrorists. Trying to destroy our president,
    us and our country.
    How can anyone support these dishonorable politicians who put
    party, winning at any cost and their personal gains, interests over
    our survival?

    July 27, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Jill-IN

    Thanks for the list of honor. I'm sorry to see my Indiana representatives are not on it. Thanks to the Democrats who are sticking with us.

    July 27, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. gflan

    We are all paying for those who do not have coverage and end up in our emergency rooms (which are in danger of closing). If we have a health care system that all can have access to, it should certainly lower the costs of our insurance premiums, and there will be less danger of more emergency rooms closing.

    Has anyone discussed the salaries of the CEO's of our current HMO's. I suspect there is a good reason they don't want to see a public option, And who is standing up for the current system??? Those who benefit most from it.

    As to the concern that we won't be able to choose our own doctors, we for the most part can't do that now as we must use the doctors that our insurance company contracts with.

    July 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. LISA

    Republicans are such idiots! Where is there plan? What is it? The party of NO IDEAS! Guess what? I can think for myself. I'm not weak minded.
    Go play in traffic during rush hour!!!

    July 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Harry

    Waste, Waste, Waste.

    They are Wasting their Money.

    Why not? It is all Drug Money, Illegally gotten Money, Bribes and Corruption Money.

    That is what these GOP guys have.

    July 27, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Shawn - GA

    So you people who are so up in arms about get this passed and get it passed now.... You are ok with:

    Not being able to purchase private insurance anymore?

    Knowing your relative (or you) can be denyed treatment due to your age both too young or too old to be be "worth: treating?

    Knowing your relative (or you) can be denyed treatment due to how far along you are in your illness?

    These are just a very small sample of some of the horrible things in this plan... who is watching out for you? The people trying to push this through before you learn the details? The people who are censoring congress and keeping information from you?

    Or the GOP and "read before vote" Dems who want a better way for our people? Please for your sake and your children's sake... don't just follow any part line Red or Blue, learn and make decisions yourselves.

    God Bless America, her People and Her President?

    July 27, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    If the "Health Care Reform" was even a half serious effort, you would think that Obama or Congress would be able to answer just one of the following very basic questions about it:

    What are they selling? How much will it cost? and Who is going to pay for it?

    Other than that, the whole HCR scam has been very helpful taking public attention away from the results of Obama's economic fixes. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Okay. Where, where, where?

    July 27, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Blame the REPUBLICANS!!!

    The Republican National Committee will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month in an effort to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to reform health care ***What a waste of MONEY!!!! RNC Solutions Plz....Waiting **None**

    July 27, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. gl, From Pittsburgh

    What is with the GOP? They rather spend one millions dollars to lie to America.

    July 27, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Southerner

    Either you are for America or not. The GOP says no free health care but their senators and members of The Congress get it. You cannot have it both ways. Either you are for it or not.

    July 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Go RNC

    Great for us republicans. We know where Pres Obama's healthcare is taking us: to bankrupt in the good ole USA. I will have to up my donations to the RNC now so my money can be used in the campaighn against Obama mania . He will not be hurt by his false calims for good health care, we the people will and we the people will have to pay for a useless program. He makes all these statements on how he does not mind sharing his part for his program but he wants us to be forced to pay for it by placing more and more financial burden on us, we the people. Please stop him RNC and all GOP and Democrats too who are against his reform those dems know a bad thing when they see it,. They do not want to go down with a sinking ship no more than we do.

    July 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Operation Crush Rush

    The Blue dogs are nothing more than the old Southern group called the Boll Weevils.They went Republican for the most part,and are now hiding out as dems. In the sixties THEY hated Johnson for allowing the civil rights act.

    July 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. WYCLIFFE

    1.000.000.000 lie to Americans.

    July 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. GA Jake

    Which party spent billions in Iraq and not enough on actually chasing the Taliban? The same ones that have and would continue to hand billions to PHARMA but not to the taxpayers. The GOP will only get my support when they stop fighting against everything Dems do and start creating alternative solutions that help people rather than just industries.

    July 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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