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. Stop the Hate

    Obama Victim, get a life. The RFs (Repub Fascists) are going to find a way to destroy health care and bring back their dissenting and Bush-apologetic rhetoric to our faces so we can lose money, crash the market, and put us in a Egalitarian Dictatorship. We need health carem but the Grand Fascist Party is going to stop them at their own cost. Lobbyists are going to be Obama's obstacle but he can handle it. If you don't like it, go to Russia!

    July 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Thinking Straight

    If derailing universal health care is not anti-America then what is? Spending billions to fight wars appears to be more important to the GOP than the health of the Americam people. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    July 27, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Peter E

    That's one million out of several the $3 trillion health care industry spent buying up these politicians. It's all about profits. Screw the common man. Health corporations want to make sure nothing gets in the way of their overpriced BUREAUCRACY (about 30% of your fees go to their BUREAUCRATS) that DENIES you needed services. They don't want any competition on that! Private industry tauting that 'nothing stands between your doctor and you' is the biggest red faced lie of the past one hundred years! The vast majority of our federal government programs don't have a 30% multi-layered bureaucratic overhead that these corporations do now!

    July 27, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. God bless America

    How 'bout spending that 1 million on helping the uninsured instead?

    talk about wasteful spending. sheesh!

    July 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Peter E

    The democrat plan is $1 trillion over ten years, covering at least a fifth of Americans. The current privatized health industry is robbing ALL Americans of $3 trillion EVERY YEAR. If Americans want to be truly fiscally conservative, they'd target corporate BUREAUCRACY the same way they do for government. Oh, but it's okay for corporations to rob you of your money for their BUREAUCRACY, but not for government? That's double-standards and hypocrisy!

    July 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Roger from CA

    I curse these cretins. Health care reform is the single most imperative domestic issue of our times. It is morally and ethically repugnant to stand in the way of real health care reform for the sake of scoring political points.

    July 27, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Can't republicans use that $1 million to actually come up with a viable alternative plan? So far their 'alternative' plan was a 3 page outline, with NO cost estimates, and 80% of its points were stolen verbatim from Obama's plan. Republicans are unthinking whiners. When they come up with actual plans we will listen. Until then, they deserve being ignored!

    July 27, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Bev - NYC

    One million to say NO rather than coming up with a plan of their own, or god forbid working with Democrats to improve the plan on the table for all Americans regardless or paty identification. Republican stupidity knows no bounds. The folks in Washington against this plan have health care, paid for by you the taxpayers. I wonder why Messers. Boehner, Cantor & Reid they don't want to rest of us to have something they get for free on our dime. How many medical bills could this million have paid off for the elderly. How many movable medical or dental trucks would this money have purchased to take care to those in one stop light towns?

    July 27, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. RN

    I just found an old fund raising letter from our Church from 2003 that acknowledges our poor economy ("we know how difficult it is to contribute in the current economy"). Yet, everyone here is complaining that the economy was great until the Dems were the majority in Congress (Jan 2007). Why hasn't Obama "Fixed" the economy yet, why hasn't he gotten everyone jobs?

    Obama has been in office for 6 months.
    Maybe we should ask why you haven't completed college and medical school and law school and business school yet? and why haven't YOU solved all your own problems?
    Obama was left a mess that will require years to fix. Think before you post – let's get some thoughtful discussion here – not just a lot of uninformed whining.

    July 27, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. kevin

    The Party of NO..........is spending $1 Million to say no louder.
    Maybe they should have paid for Palin's Wardrobe outside of the
    Governor's mansion.........

    July 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Terry from Texas

    Let us clarify what they are planning is a one million dollar campaign to prevent America from solving any of its health care problems. The Conservative (Republican) Party wants each and every initiative of this administration to fail.

    If the American middle class and lower classes suffer as a result, then that is just acceptable collateral damage as far as our Conservative leaders are concerned.

    To them, the purpose of politics is for them to be in power. Once in power, their twin goals are increased power and greater wealth for themselves. That is not to say they want to increase the power and wealth of middle class Repubican voters. Those suckers are only useful on election day. The rest of the time, their only function is to applaud their leaders.

    July 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Chut Pata

    I am sure all the companies making trillions of dollars in profit by health-care scams will unofficially spend atleast billions to save their trillions. GOP is run by Corporate America. Despite the Oil Mafia being booted from White House, they are still powerful enough to not let GM make fuel efficient cars.

    July 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Dave

    How many ways can you say "no" with $1 mill. RNC?
    The party of NO continues....

    July 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. LoLo

    It is hard to get people to step out of the box. They are so use to the same old thing that they will never try anything different and this is the republicans. You can't teach an old dog new tricks. I really believe that the republicans are being paid off. They have always believed that they are better than anyone else, especially the ones who do not have and that is within their own party as well. You see how the C Street haven was ran. These people are nothing but devils. They smile in your face and then will backstab you later. Let's vote them out in 2010. This also includes the old democrats. These people have been enjoying the perks too long. Let us vote all of the good old boys out of office. Time for new young blood all around.

    July 27, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Health care reform without Tort reform will not work. We need to quit lining the pockets of each and every excess lawyer...then malpractice premiums and unnecessary testing will be reduced. THEN we can talk about the role government might play. Republicans are offering sound fiscal alternatives, Blue Dog democrats, in the spirit of bi-partisanship, are listening. Obama and Pelosi and Reid might do well to start listening as well.

    July 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Lori reminds the GOP that they're STILL only 20Something % of the American people. Stop blogging under multiple names!

    Can someone please tell me what the GOP's plan is?

    July 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    They try to scare you into thinking it's government taxes that will destory family budgets and small businesses. The fact is that in the last two decades the excessively deregulated health care industry has multiplied its fees several fold, robbing everyone of their hard earned money. They have already destroyed thousands of small businesses and millions of families with their profit mongering. It is THEY who have bureaucrats who stand between the doctors and you, denying you needed services. Funny how they try to scare you into thinking it's anybody BUT them doing that. It's a lie and hypocrisy! But then again Americans are always more forgiving towards billionaire corporate CEOs than the government. Because they're rich, we shouldn't criticize them nor hold them accountable!

    July 27, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    These birthers all fit the same profile: uneducated whites that revere the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. They are the ones who think a woman that took 6 years and dropped out of college 5 times is accomplished and qualified to be President. They hate Hispanics, Blacks, Indians and blame them for their lack of accomplishments. If the GOP finds these people to be an important element of their party, then they are embracing their eventual demise. The racist birthers turn educated Independents away from the once promising GOP party.

    July 27, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Soxfan

    I think that the American people as a whole are sick of the Republicans just trying to cut back any effort of reform. We are entering a new era with new problems and and the status quo just doesn't cut it anymore...I have no problem with dissenting opinions. But the negativity from the GOP has to stop. Use that 1 million to make your own plan if you feel that strongly about it. Wasn't this country founded on the basis of compromise? Bring something to the table and stop arguing...debate is always more productive when both parties concede somewhat to what the other one wants.

    July 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. nea-nea

    I donot believe anything these Republicans say becaus I KNOW they are against healthcare Reform anyway so they will say anything to try to put fear in people. just last nite i was a watching a little of Hannity and he was using the same fear tastics the tiltle of the show was universal nightmare. The republicans say that this healthcare reform is a government takeover i found out that was a lie.because it offers healthcare to. only Indivuals, The Self Employed and Small businesses, not to everyone. And also the Republicans says it will run Private Insurance co. out but thats not whats its design to do its about keeping them honest. And they support the insurance companies anyway so they are going to be against it, just as some Democrats support them.

    July 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Jamey

    A 100 million dollar ad campaign full of lies and distortion...maybe it will work! It did last time. It is telling though, the GOP has 100 million that they could use for the good of the country, but they choose to spend it tearing the USA down.

    July 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. annie s

    Talk about a waste of funds. A million dollars to scare the American people with a bunch of untrue scenarios. There was a time in my life when I didn't follow a strict party line – now I vote strictly for "anyone who is not a Republican"

    July 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. donttreadonme

    As Obama said during a discussion about his stimulus package " I won" Remember you don't need Republican support?

    Dems you have the ball...go ahead and run.

    Sensible dems don't buy into this joke of a healthcare plan.

    July 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And the GOP has proposed what type of health plans in the past or currently?

    Of course, none, because they are busy running interference for the doctors, insurance and pharmaceutical companies and health providers.

    July 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Chas in Iowa

    If they weren't in the pockets of the lobbyists they use to try for re-election they could concentrate on real reform instead of trying to protect the mega profits from the pharmaceutical companies and Insurance companies.
    I'd like to see them put the American public first once instsead of the lobbyists.
    If they could get over their fixation with making a bundle from lobbyists
    They could get a lot more support from the public that used to vote Republican. I was a firm solid Republican until the mega corporations took over the party in the name of profits.

    July 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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