March 16th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
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Conservative group launches ad blitz against health care reform

Citizens United is launching a $600,000 ad campaign.
Citizens United is launching a $600,000 ad campaign.

(CNN) – Another political organization is readying to flood the television airwaves this week as House members get set to take a final vote on the health care reform bill.

Citizens United, the conservative political advocacy group that recently won a landmark Supreme Court ruling rolling back campaign finance regulation, announced Tuesday it is planning a $600,000 media campaign targeting vulnerable Democratic members of Congress who initially voted for the health care bill in 2009.

In targeted television commercials and a planned 1.3 million phone-call drive, the group aims to encourage constituents in the selected districts to flood their representatives' offices with expressions of opposition to the measure.

"These Representatives voted yes on ObamaCare last year," said David Bossie, president of Citizens United. "Before they cast their vote this week, they should take care to listen to what their constituents have to say."

The targeted Democrats include Reps. Mark Schauer of Michigan, Mike Arcuri of New York, Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, Baron Hill of Indiana, Chris Carney of Pennsylvania, John Salazar and Colorado.

The announcement of the ad campaign comes the same day a conglomerate of health care proponents unveiled a $1.4 ad buy targeting 17 Democrats who have not publicly announced how they will vote for the measure.


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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Norm

    The best government that money can buy!!! It's a disgrace no matter what party you are affiliated with. Who among us regular folks can compete with this? The answer is: no one! Shame on the Supreme Court. Norm from Albuquerque

    March 16, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Kari

    Yeah, what their constituents have to say after they get the scary phone call.

    March 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Ellen

    "Out of control spending"? Don't these folks remember what 8 years of Bush did?! Or they just don't care.

    March 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    Where were these partisan hucksters when Bush and the conservatives were spending us into our current economic disaster?

    March 16, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Marc

    Fear, fear and fear.
    No ideas or alternatives.
    Nothing really new, isn't?

    March 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The spending that is out of control are AD BLITZES !!!! Its done. Get on with your lives. Stop supporting the Media and START LEGISLATING NOW......GOP !!! The average American are SICK TO DEATH of your tatctics. I can hardly wait until Nov. It will be a GOP blood bath !!! It hard is hard to be elected to legislate when you have a track record of NOT LEGISLATING !!!

    March 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. JB

    Well, now it starts. Thanks to the Supreme Court.

    March 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Tommy P

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Where were they under Bush? I'm voting for Obama in 2012 out of spite.

    March 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Navy Vet

    Citizens United, come on CNN why don't you do a little research and let everyone know that "Citizens United" is almost exclusively funded by lobbyists?

    March 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. john in binghamton NY

    Conservative groups, in other words republicans are against Obama. Shocking and if Americans are hurt in the process so what.

    Democrats have no guts, but the Republicans only know how to criticize. Neither party can govern.

    March 16, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Hannah

    I'd rather spend money on health care than wars and giving tax breaks to the rich. That was what bush did, Reagan did it saying that it would trickle down and it trickled all right, right to the top. Let's get health care for our people. In the long run it will lower costs for everyone.

    March 16, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. The Other Michael in Houston

    I wonder how much money this group is wasting. This notion that if you flood the airwaves and make a bunch of phone calls will change people's minds is stupid. Those stunts only work on the mouth breathing Republicans. For the last time, this lie of 60% of Americans don't want this bill is exactly a lie. Of course if the only polls that are being done are in Republican strongholds, of course they don't want it. Why would they want something that cement the legacy of this great President. But as always with Republicans, if you keep repeating the lie, you hope that peolpe will be stupid enough to think it is true. That may have worked in the past but most of us know better now. Here is statement that is actually factual Republicans, over 70 million Americans voted for President Obama and almost all wanted HealthCare reform and almost all agree with this bill. As you tried every trick in the book to prevent Barack Obama from becoming POTUS, and you failed miserably, again you have failed. Save your money you so called conservative groups. You cannot defeat us real Americans, no matter how much money you spend.

    March 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Brian

    To Kevin from Ohio who commented on the "Corrupt" process for Health Care Legislation.

    Dude, where have you been, under a rock? Corrupt?
    Were you as incensed when Cheney would not turn over documents from his meetings with the Energy Industry at the beginning of the Bush Administration. Did you declare “Corruption” after the rolling blackouts ended once 9/11 occurred?

    How about the Bush Administration single handedly dismantling the Middle Class, and how about all the lies, outing of a CIA member, in the lead up to a war that was not necessary and has had major effects on America's financial stability.

    Did you have any concerns of "corruption" the Bush Admin?

    Trying to address healthcare is corrupt? Everyone has been asking Republicans to draw up a plan, but they never did, why? Do they not want us to know what they are thinking so there will be no critical reflections of them or the party.

    I mean come on dude, don’t be a homer and don’t go around making false accusations.

    Thanks for sharing...

    March 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Bryan

    To my progressive friends: would you have a probelm with the process if Bush forced social security reform in the same matter?

    March 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. CHIPS

    The Republicans wouldn't be acting like this, if there was a bill that required each administrations to balance the budget before they get out of office. They just can't stand it that Obama is about to clean up their mess and they know it.

    March 16, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. WAKE UP TO REPUBLICANS FEAR MONGERING AND TRICKS!

    Spending on Wars ok
    Spending on Bank Bailouts giving ceos big bonuses with our tax dollars ok

    where were these people then?

    March 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. A Gubbins

    A Yes vote on the Health Bill is political suicide as the great majority of Americans do not want the bill as it stands. We do want reform to cut the fraud, make it competitive and streamline the system.Democrats have to take a stand on principles and what is right for the country and you will be rewarded in November. Take a poll of your constituents and do what is right. We are the people and you are our representatives

    March 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Dano

    You have to wonder what this group, who fought against campaign finance regulation, thereby allowing corporations to contribute as much as they want to political campaigns, has to gain from blocking health care reform? They sure seem to be well funded too. I'm quite sure they aren't concerned about the welfare of the average American citizen.

    March 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Joanne Michels

    Where were these people when Bush got us into a war that has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars? Where were these people when the big tax cuts of the mid 2000s were passed? How did we pay for those? They will spend millions of dollars to maintain the status quo which is either robbing the consumer or being the real death panel and denying coverage. These are not "Main Street" people. These are the privileged and wealthy. They want to destroy middle class America and make us totally subservient to them. Remember the "Company Store!" It's going to own all of us some day.

    March 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Greg

    Take your ad's and cram it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Stacey

    Conservatives = A bunch of lying, racist hipocrites!

    March 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. ART

    Where was the concern when Bush almost brought this country to its knees, so we can spend trillions on war but nothing to give Americans health care and piece of mind. You know you conservitives make me want to puke

    March 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Andy

    What part of America does not want this HC bill as written do the democrats not understand.Why force a bad bill that we can not afford.I rather see a panel of independant abitrators come up with a bill that would actually help, and if this bill is so good why the back room bribes.

    March 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Michaele

    I don't think that
    idiot in the so
    called white
    house should tell
    us that if we
    don't have
    insurance,we will
    pay a fine, well
    i'll tell you
    something,i
    won't go to a
    doctor nomore,
    i'm on mediplan
    card from the
    crookest state,
    that the idiot in
    the so called
    white house was
    from.right now i
    have a thyroid
    problem,and i
    quit taking the
    medication for it
    i'm not buying
    anymore.

    March 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Bunnibee

    Enough! Alreay! Dems. Pleasse pass this hcr.

    March 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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