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. Peter E

    Don't forget the millions the health insurance corporations also spend on advertisement on main stream media! You'll never get a truly fair or factual coverage of the health care crisis when the $3 trillion industry outspends you and buys the corporate media as well.

    July 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. bob in LA

    What does it say when a group- either side- spends money to campaign against or for reform?
    Sit in a room- TALK – discuss- argue – but work out a plan to help us!
    Everything else is ....non-sense!
    Cancel the insurance for our congress and let's see how quickly we come up with a great comprehensive plan for Americans!
    At least make them live under the same plan they come up with.

    July 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Michigan mom

    Wait...Bush campaigned on fiscal responsibility too. Don't they all? Who goes out there and says, "By the way, I plan to tax everyone by 5 more per cent and use it to fund healthcare?" Bush should have said, "I won't raise taxes, but we're going to be borrowing 10 BILLION a month for Iraq for the foreseeable future. Don't worry. The Decider knows what's best." And the Rushers would have swallowed it whole. But heaven forbid we spend money on our own people! What IS the matter with Republicans? And they call themselves Christian?

    July 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Deb

    Well isn't that wonderful. Spend one million to cast doubt instead of a million to try and shore up health reform. Sounds like GOP's finest hard at work.

    July 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. James, Ho. TX

    One Million for Health, didn't realize Dick Cheney needed so much attention?

    July 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    One Million bucks to run a fear campaign...it wouldn't shock me if Rush HIMSELF donated the money, I'm sure he wouldn't miss a mere million dolllars in this down economy.

    July 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Pete East

    Nearly a million. Wow. How much has the DNC spent promoting a reform on healthcare that a significant number of members of their own party oppose? It would be interesting to compare the figures.

    July 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. WDM

    The Republican Health Care plan is to make sure all the billionaire get richer while continuing to add nothing to the Health Care equation of this country. It is protectionism because they could not continue their third rate coverage in the face of a public option.

    July 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. RSB

    Too bad they have that much money and can't find a better way to spend it.

    July 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The US military is the greatest, best military of all world history. It employs millions of Americans both for combat and support. These servicemen get job benefits including housing support as well as health services for themselves and their families. And it's all paid for by tax dollars. That's right, it's a SOCIALIST, GOVERNMENT RUN program! The BIGGEST single government run program of the federal government, employing the most people!
    'OMG, it's government run! That MUST mean now that it is inefficient, wasteful, and ineffective! The US military must be WORST thing in America! We should privatize it because it's better if America's security is supplied by corporations for profit!'

    July 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. aware

    Obama has consistently lied to the American people! His public option will lead to a single payer disaster! Say "NO" to a public option!

    I have been through this unfortunate process elsewhere, and believe me you don't want King-care! :(

    July 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Harry

    It makes sense to me that Republicans are opposing healthcare.

    Good healthcare would keep low to middle income americans alive longer, and these are people who usually vote Democrat!

    If you can't get them to vote for you, spend a million dollars killing them.

    If everybody other than the millionaires who finance them were to die, then Republicans would win elections again!

    Brilliant. Worthy of Dr. Evil.

    July 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. tee

    If I were replublican........i would be ashame to say it out loud.....what a sad group of fear mongering, anti-american nut jobs.

    July 27, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. George

    Yep they will spend 1 million dollars to see that Americans are not covered by health insurance. Amazing, the greed versus need.
    We need not worry about a 3rd political party. We need a 2nd one.
    The GNOP's are history!!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. aware

    Eugenics go all the way back to FDR. Well educated Germans bought into this – Will Americans? :(

    July 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. S M R

    The GOP spends 1 million on ads to defeat health care reform and if their plan works then they all will make billions from their Insurance Co cronies. Good bet for the GOP, but bad bet for the American Tax Payer.

    July 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. ghost

    Well, there's the problem. The ad isn't truthful. The 1.6 trillion has been verified as accurate. If it is paid for, it won't add to the deficeit and some taxes will have to be raised, but they are already dicussing how to keep small buisnesses from being affected. They seem really good at telling parts of the story.

    July 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Lynne - Seattle

    wouldn't it be more useful if they spent the money on actually helping people???? instead of telling us what to think?

    July 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Donna from Colorado Springs

    What an enormous waste of money for a political party to spend when they don't have their own alternative reform plan! This way, they can whine and complain and justify everything they say!

    July 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. mw

    If repugs cared about health care for anyone other than themselves, they have had time and power long before now to do something to improve costs and coverage as needed. They don't care, so will spend millions to fight the proposed improvement for those in need-out of work Americans. SHAME ON THE WHOLE LOT AND A POX ON THE GOP.

    July 27, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. mike,texas

    The incredible,the incredible shrinking republican par-ty.Keep saying NO,NO,NO to the will of the people and you shall become extinct.That includes any dems who dont't get on board.The new administration already said without helthcare reform the state of the economy is basically doomed.So if we don't get healthcare reform and the economy dosen't recover can't blame Obama he tried.Congress failed.

    July 27, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Frank, Las Vegas

    I'm glad to see that RNC along with the rest of the GOP are concerned that the insurance companies might lose some of their profits, someone has to cover their backs. The poor insurance companies, they need the GOP and the GOP needs their money to keep flowing their way. Never mind that 75% of the American people want a public option, the GOP will continue to defend the insurance companies, for the money.

    July 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    brilliant! Spend a million bucks to keep this crap the same as it is.
    Republicans just suck.

    July 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Ben in Texas

    The GOP is on life support, trying with it's last gasp to kill health care reform. There's some irony for your Monday afternoon.

    July 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Ken

    Poliice
    Firefighters
    Education
    Highways
    Pensions
    Social Security
    Homeland Security

    Migawd – You think that there is NO socialism already in the US so we cannot let it start with Health care!!! Get real, Rush!! You've had your Bush tax break for long enough. Quit suckering in the public!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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