July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
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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. Clay

    The GOP could care less about the average American. They are only interested in preserving the unholy profits of the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance companies who have lined their war chests will bribes. There is not an honorable person in the entire bunch and that goes for the blue dog democrats as well.

    July 27, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Let them waste their money.

    1 million less for 2010.

    Besides, we will get what we voted for.

    They work for us, always remember that.

    July 27, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Jeffrey

    Wouldn't we all be better served if we just took the money from both sides of the aisle, either opposing or supporting health care reform, and put that money towards health care.

    If the money spent on the campaigns for or against health care reform were spent on the uninsured, maybe this wouldn't even be an issue.

    July 27, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Librarian

    Another shameful act from these despicable Republicans. Dont' they have any shame ?

    July 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. bsmith171

    gov't health care is a disaster for most americans.

    July 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Dave in Illinois

    Another good reason not to pass the current healthcare bills, nobody knows what's in them regardless of what President Obama promises because congressmen don't read them. In fact, Democratic Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) last week at a National Press Club luncheon says why bother . “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

    That's the attitude we like in our representatives. Doesn't matter what else is in the bill as long as their earmarks are there.

    July 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Dameun

    Its sad that they are working so hard to hurt the American people. Proves that they care very little about the suffering of people in THIS country.

    July 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    Way to go RNC. Attack a guy like Jim Matheson, who has a better record of voting with the Republicans/Conservatives then some of the actual Republicans.

    July 27, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. elana

    What a waste! Think what that Million Dollars could do to help people who at this very minute are dying because THEY HAVE NO HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, and cannot afford the proper medical treatment! The GOP/Republicans are just plain GREEDY. They ABSOLUTELY DO NOT CARE whether people live or die when it comes to healthcare reform. THE GOP will during the entire length of the Obama Administration be "partisan", and will except for perhaps a few Republican Congressman, the majority will NEVER support ANY BILL that comes before Congress! Just like a bunch of little kids who didn't get their way in the election, they will not waiver. They absolutely are not looking out for the best interests of the American people!

    July 27, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. yuri

    The GOP goons will spend their money on a campaign, rather than on the healthcare reform and this casts a clearly controversial cloak on their curiously cantankerous characters. Repub. group. is full of whiners, diners and feigners.

    July 27, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. bcords

    another 1 million wasted by Michael Steele. he bankrupted his first company and will do it again. he has nothing to offer but his color

    July 27, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Ethan

    Wow, Republicans politicizing an important issue. SHOCKER.

    Another shocker: the GOP is GOING AFTER BLUE DOGS.

    The message to the Blue Dogs should be loud and clear: sign the health insurance fix or you are going DOWN one way or another.

    July 27, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. sammieb51

    So let me get this straight - the GOP is willing to spend money to put together BS ads to sway the public's support in their direction, they are NOT willing to add any of their ideas (or be honest with the public) because they don't have any - they like the current system of for-profit health care. AND they are doing this at the behest of Rush and his clan so they can bring down the Obama administration. OK, so what part of "elected officials" don't they get? Don't they realize if Obama fails, we all fail? Don't they realize that in 5-10 years when the boomers start retiring enmasse the mess there will be? Why are we allowing them to stall this again?

    July 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Obama Victim

    win this battle and we can destroy Obama

    July 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. markiejoe

    I love the way the article says the Republicans are spending $1 million to "cast doubt" on the health care reform. That's a nice euphemism for spending $1 million to "defeat" any reform. But the Party of No! doesn't want you to, once again, conclude that they are "blocking" reform or working to "defeat" anything or saying "No" to progress. They just want to play nice in their own corner while working to "cast doubt" on health insurance reform. ROTFL.

    July 27, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Translation: the RNC will spend $1 million AGAINST health-care reform for the American people to protect greedy interests in the insurance industry. What a sad waste from RNC, instead of working towards solutions.

    Our country deserves better. This health-care legislation is long overdue without further delay.

    July 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. coach

    Well now, that's just swell. What a great use of resources to help improve the situation. A political fight is just the ticket to reduce costs and insure the uninsured.

    July 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Larry

    The Republicans are desperate. They stand to lose the money they receive from insurance companies, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies

    The biggest concern they have is a bill that offers a public option. That is serious competition to the insurance companies and will cut into their bloated profits.

    To give an idea of abuse–AIG Insurance is postured to give out another round of multimillion dollar bonuses, and they haven't repaid a dime of TARP money they got.

    The Republicans and the companies they bow down too represensent the sincerest for of corruption in Washington.

    July 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Randi

    Niiiice, spending 1 million dollars to fight an initiative that the majority of Americans want.

    Screw you America, the republicans have got theirs, you don't matter. this isn't a matter of finances – it's nothing but a political game for them.

    They are shameless.

    July 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Lynne

    I wonder how much of the million was "donated" by the health insurance lobbyists and I wonder if CNN will fact check the accuracy of the ads.

    July 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Operation Crush Rush

    Bluedogs should have their photos put on milk cartons with the caption,"these people dont want kids to have health care".Lets post their names and where they live,so every American know if they live in their areas.

    July 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. mtv

    How about this!!!!!!!!! Spend the 1 Million on finding a SOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!! GOP _______IDIOTS

    July 27, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. cool rock

    It is really a waste of money. The RNC could use that money to help in the funding of America's healthcare reform instead of using it to fund their negative and NO messages

    July 27, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. xavier

    Republicans should have their heads inspected, I am convinced you will find the numbers 666 stamped on their craniums.

    July 27, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. ron

    There is actully seomone who posted on this very blog that is calling "Obamacare" plan genocide. I'm mean really, genocide?

    It is no wonder that all demographic research shows that the most educated people in this country are the liberals, while the least educated are conservatives.

    Why don't we go ahead and let the smart people make decisions on the best way forward for the country, OK? I think wrestlemainia is on cable, you just go ahead and watch that and we will take care of the healthcare mess.

    LIberal base? University professors and progressives.
    Conservative base? Idiots and racists.

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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