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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  1. DC Insider

    I think many of the commenters in here are forgetting that while Bush spent a lot on the War on Iraq, it dwarfs in comparison to what Obama has spent and wants to spend thus far. Do your research before you post ignorant comments up about the past. The Washington Post did an article a while back about the deficit, and it was estimate that the deficit could get up to 1 trillion dollars and slowly go down to a nice 500 billion, which is still higher than anything that Bush had even with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

    Look, get over Bush, it is now time for you to stand on your own two feet...it only makes the Democratic Party look pathetic to blame their incompetence on other people. I suspect we'll see a lot of turnover in 2010.

    March 16, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Ted D

    If Republicans and conservatives in congress are so concerned about the health care reform bill they should have worked constructively with Democrats and the president to develop a health care bill they could support. Instead, they decided it either has to be 100% of what they want or they're simply going to oppose the bill. As a result, they've been nothing but obstructionist at the tragic cost of people who today are literally dying for lack of health care.

    When will people finally get wise and force their representatives to contribute constructively to the lawmaking process? The current tactics of Republicans are coming at your own expense!

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

    Fear and smear. The only tactic of the Republican party.

    March 16, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Sandra, Atlanta

    Why don't they spend their billions on making health care more affordable instead of worrying about enriching themselves?

    March 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Todd

    At least they can spell kill and bill. Funny small minded little trolls fighting to keep their health insurance very expensive and third rate.

    March 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. al in memphis

    Will some of us face higher premiums because of this bill - maybe.
    Has the insurance company already raised your premiums– definitely

    So what's are we complaining about when the government gets involve to provide some direction in control how the insurance industry is gouging people.
    Remember the days of credit cards companies raising rates by 400% because someone was late once.

    March 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Dean

    If the Tea Baggers and the Conservitves are against it, I'm all for it.. Push it through

    March 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    If concerned about Out of control spending, these people should have been AND STILL SHOULD BE lobbying for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    These cost us more in one month that insurance for the un-insured will cost us for 10 years. They have ZERO credibility when they raise the whole deficit spending EXCUSE for not doing Healthcare reform.

    Oh and by the way, the expenses associated with the bill are paid for.

    STOP THE LIES ... STOP the PARTY-of- NO ....

    March 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    The second paragraph of this story tells you everything you need to know about this organization. They believe that rich individuals and corporations (even foreign corporations) should have the right to unduly influence elections.

    March 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Sam Ellison

    If Republicans could govern as well as they can campaign, maybe they wouldn't be playing second fiddle to the dems....

    March 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Bluini

    The only people that I have come across that favor this healthcare bill are the ones that pay little or no taxes. Typical liberals – generous with other peoples money!

    March 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Hang in there Dems

    Dems, do what it takes to pass this bill. If the roles were reversed GOPs would say Dems were "whining." GOP hypocrisy is never-ending and ever-lasting – but unfortunately John in Binghampton is right about Dem gutlessness too. For once in your lives Dems stand for something.

    Norm's also right about the shameful role of corporate money in this whole debate. If these corporate guys listened to rap we'd call them out for the gangsta thugs in suits that they are. Dolla dolla y'all.

    March 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Great! I hope they blitz everyone to the point where they will kill the bill, just to kill the ads!

    March 16, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Liz in California

    I cannot WAIT until the next election, when ALL the republicans will be voted OUT of office for their inability to put partisain and lobbyist politics aside and actually do some GOOD for the american people.

    March 16, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. walleye

    WHY WHY WHY are we even debating this when you see people being dropped by insurance companies, people losing their homes because they cant pay for health care, and being denied for so called pre-existing conditions. Lets pass this bill and spend some $$ on Americans and not Bush Wars.

    It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
    Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.
    In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.
    In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee 10-10. The tie meant that the measure failed.
    All ten no votes were Republicans, including Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), a member of the "Gang of Six" on the Finance Committee.

    March 16, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Kat

    I do not want a government takeover of MY healthcare. We need reform of our Insurance companies, but the government should not be allowed to take My hard earned income and pass it on to cover lazy peoples healthcare. That's what's wrong with our country today.. Too many handouts.

    March 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Ben

    Ellen – You obviously haven't been paying attention, have you? What Obama's doing now makes what Bush spent just a drop in the bucket. Don't you understand what's going on here? Wake up! Stop blaming Bush for all our problems.

    March 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Shelly

    As President Obama told the story of the woman who dropped her unaffordable insurance( insurance rates increased 40%) only to find out months later she had leukemia, Republican Senator Boehner said LOUD and CLEAR that the Repubs will NOT support affordable insurance and health care to most Americans. ...they simply don't care for the 98% of Americans, only the wealthy 2%!

    March 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. chuck

    By the Rich for the Rich; that is all the democracy the Republicans care about.

    They are all life time members of the ‘I’ve got mine you get yours” club.

    March 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Randy in Pa

    With the way special interests are allowed to operate in this country, we will never get what needs to be done finalized. Greed rules and everything good will die. I see the Fall of the American Empire coming. sigh.

    March 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    "Citizens United, the conservative political advocacy group that recently won a landmark Supreme Court ruling rolling back campaign finance regulation"

    So the lobbying group that is responsible for making it even easier for special interest to BUY votes from our congressmen & women in order for speial interest to reap even BiGGER profits off of the backs of middle-income Americans is now targeting Democrats for . . . . voting AGAINST special interest. Huh. Go figure.

    March 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Ben

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

    So that's your solution? Vote for Obama without even thinking about it? That's real intelligent.

    March 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. AK Steve

    Another ad by self-interested rich folks, who are on the side of the insurance companies.

    The media blitz backed by insurance companies is unprecedented. I would love to see CNN do a story on how much money the "special interest" have spent on trying to kill this bill.

    It is easy to see why the GOP supports the special interest, they have a lot gain. But how can American people fall for this? Are we just sheep, plugged into cable TV?

    March 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Liz

    And i hope the legislators don't listen to any of it! all it is is the fat cats trying to keep the status quo so they can continue to get rich off the suffering of American citizens. forty thousand Americans die every year for lack of health care, but the rethugliban don't give a rodent's derriere about them, or the families thrown into poverty by crushing health care costs. it's time we voted every single repuglican out of office and start electing people who actually want to govern. we need health insurance reform now. the alternative is unthinkable.

    March 16, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. SY

    Shut off your TVs and radios and go door to door asking your neighbors to call their representatives and tell them to VOTE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW! These ads by reform foes are full of lies and they know it. Good health care for a reasonable cost is part of that "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" clause! A society's moral and ethical character is judged by how well or how poorly we care for our sick. I'm quite surprised that any American, given our history, would object to reforming health care. Come on, Congress, get it together and pass this.

    March 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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