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. Ben

    Marc –

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

    What are you smoking? Republicans HAVE made proposals. Obama has admitted this himself. Democrats have refused to listen. Do your homework. Don't just spout Liberal talking points.

    March 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Gary

    Must be some real money running one of these " Groups "
    The way they're popping up, somebody's getting rich.
    With the money wasted on their ads, all Americans could buy health insurance.

    March 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Apparently all the Republicans have jobs and health insurance. Do any of them have any preexisting medical conditions or do their kids? It's a matter of cutting off their own noses to spite their faces. A party of NO NO NO only makes them a National joke.

    March 16, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Drew Williams

    As Mr. Bossie and his group continue to use American citizens to threaten the more self-serving of our Congressional incumbents, perhaps he could be reminded that, in a representative democracy, leaders are NOT in Washington to act as the personal agents of any one disgruntled group, and that they ARE there to enact legislation that benefits society as a whole.

    To use their favorite political advertising parlance, "Tell David Bossie to quit using us as tools in his organization's end game." And that goes for the rest, too.

    March 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. J.P.

    Fear and no ideas, eh?

    Here's an idea... get the government out of the way and let markets work for the medical field the way markets work for any other product.

    How much government intervention does it take to keep prices low and competitive with the mobile phone market? Very little, just get the hell out of the way and let the consumer decide for himself and PRICES WILL GO DOWN!

    Unless, of course you believe that medicine is somehow immune to the effects of supply and demand on a product/good/service.


    March 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Ben

    jfs Memhis, Tn – "The average American are SICK TO DEATH of your tatctics"

    No, the average American is sick to death of having a bad bill shoved down our throats. Get it?

    "I can hardly wait until Nov. It will be a GOP blood bath !!"

    Uh, not really. If you've been paying attention (which you obviously haven't) you'd know that the Dems are gonna lose BIG in November whether healthcare passes or not. It's not a question of if, it's just a question of how many seats.

    March 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Citizen !

    This "constituent" says N O VOTE N O – we need to take TIME to get this done RIGHT. Whats the RUSH any way? These people will still have care thru WELFARE. This is just a SHIFT from the WELFARE to the perment back of the TAX PAYING segment of the US Society. VOTE N O

    March 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Don Khoury

    The images these campaigns use in there ads are often more powerful than the words in gaining compliance.

    March 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom

    Oh yes, here comes the tsunami of ads, bloggers, TV appearances, Teabaggers, etc., all against Healthcare!

    I would like to ask the Republicans if they are Christians? And if so, have they read the Gospels?

    (at the risk of not having my comment posted by CNN)

    "Whatsoever you do to the least of these you have done to Me." ~ Jesus (Mat. 25:40 NIV)


    March 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    One thing I have noticed lately is that republicans are using the same argument that democrats used during the bush years. The difference here is that we are trying to reform health care instead of giving tax breaks to the rich and starting unnecessary wars. One seems more worthy than the other...hmmm.

    March 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Dr.George James

    What is good for Republicans,is not good for the people or the country.They should be ashamed for what they have done in the 8 years of Bush rule..Instead,they are obstructing the good ideas of Obama!!!

    March 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. aos

    I can't afford to spend $600,000 on an ad for healthcare reform, but I support it. My husband is laid off. Thank God I have insurance at my job, but we will likely have layoffs soon. Even those who have jobs are getting their insurance eliminated or being moved to contract status, so their employers can avoid giving them benefits. But the GOP says we don't need health reform. Instead, let's just give more tax breaks to the wealthy and let insurance companies decide which procedures we need rather than our doctors. (Those Bush tax breaks sure helped the economy, didn't they?)

    March 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Dan Holiday

    You liberals are cracking me up. What a bunch of little whiners. It is Bush this and war that and fear and last eight years...blah, blah, blah. You guys sound like the biggest neutered wimps on Earth. Face one wants this POS bill. It is dead in the water. There are already programs in place to pick up the slack when a person becomes or is uninsured. You guys will lose on this one. Get used to it because come November you will be seeing a lot of real change in this country. Not some crap we were fed by a Kenyan basketball thug.

    March 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. JT the MO college freshman

    Well, I have a counterargument against those ads; let me explain:
    Congress really needs to start acting more mature about this; the way they are acting is ingenuous to say the least. Why are some of them so afraid of change for the better? Will there be any "death panels"? I believe the answer to that is no. In fact this will give seniors more choice in what type of care they want. It is called End of Life Counseling.That is a gift to our seniors today. Will this be a "government takeover" of our healthcare system? I believe the answer to that is no. This will give us more choice and economic freedom to pick our healthcare in a marketplace of exchanges. That is actually a conservative idea that they're calling "socialist." Will this explode our deficit? I believe that answer as well is no. In fact, this will decrease our debt by a trillion dollars by the next 20 years, and it will speed up as time goes on. Is this constitutional? Yes, because what the very first lines spoken in the constitution is "for the general welfare of all the citizens of the United States." If someone in the US has access to healthcare, under that line, every citizen is entitled to the same right. Some of them are even saying that our current system is does not need to be improved at all. Well, let me state a couple of facts here. Our current system cost us taxpayers over 2.5 trillion last year, and that is projected to rise this year to a even higher level of near 2.8 trillion; most of that goes to our nation's credit card. That is a big reason why our debt is so high right now. Some people are saying that President Obama's plan will bankrupt us. Well that is just plain wrong. His plan will cost around 95 billion a year, and it is paid for, unlike our current system right now. I believe a 95 billion dollar a year paid for system is much better than a 2.5 trillion mostly unpaid for healthcare system. Where will most of this money come from? Most of the money will come from current waste from our mostly unpaid and unused part of our 2.5 trillion a year and increasing dollar sysem such as waste in Social Security and Medicare and it will come from the wealthy paying higher taxes. What is defined as weathy here? Individuals making 250 or more grand a year, and families making over 1 million a year or more. That only consists of 4-5% of all people and families here in the United States. The rest will get a tax break, and a pretty big one at that. In the president's plan, he will give you a big tax credit if you still cannot afford the insurance that you are going to buy through a market place of exchanges, as a I said before was a conservative idea. The only action that will bankrupt us is the action of nothing done. By 2080, if nothing is done, healthcare will cost our nation nearly 15 trillion dollars a year, which will consume our GDP; doing nothing will be the action of bankruptcy. By the way, I am only 19 years old, and I personally cannot believe how infantile some of these "adults" in congress are acting. They really need to get there act together, and start doing something that will benefit the people they are supposed to stand for in the long run.

    March 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. IVOTE

    What a shock. I don't believe the people who don't want health care reform out number those who want health care reform. Those who don't want reform must be wealthy and able to pay out of pocket for health care. By the way, (do you have any pre-existing conditions?) is the 1st question you are asked when changing health care.

    March 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    As the jack-boot of the health insurance companies crushes the throat of middle class Americans, CItizens, er . . "Robber Barons United" lobbys even harder on their behalf.

    March 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Scottish Mama

    This party is not for citizens if they are targeting the dems. They are funded by the Republicans. We know what happened in the last 8 years. In our zeal to reform our government we must keep our heads. Get involved in reading these bills. Voicing a critical well thought out for the people solutions. Educating our young to think collectively. Which disaster should our President Obama attack first, they are all at critical mass. Taking out the demacrats now will only work against any progress we can make. Let the dems ride to try to fix the total crapfest we are in.
    Let us get thru the healthcare for our boys coming home, that will need mental help and not be able to stay in the service and the 15 million people that cannot afford health care. (Not very many people)
    This will create some jobs. Then regulation to banks and job creation.

    March 16, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. IVOTE

    Here's and idea.....we can save money by removing people like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and other wealthy Vets from the VA program.

    March 16, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Scottyrw

    The Republicans are puppets for the special interests, health insurance companies, wall street and big money. All their talk and lies are to protect their masters. When the strings are pulled the Republican sentors dance and jump around voicing the wishes of their owners! Since the early 80s the Republicans have been on a mission to distroy the American middle class and go back to the days of plantation owners and their free work force. The fight against health care is a fight the Republicans are fighting for their masters (health insurance co.) When we go to war the Republicans fight for their masters (war machine co.) When we fight for regulations on wall street, the Republicans fight for their masters (big money).
    The BIG problem for the American citizens .... the Republicans NEVER fight for them!

    March 16, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Yeah, baby! Ram it down their throats. I can't wait to see Boner make his orange pouty face. I can't wait to hear the "real Americans" screaming "socialist takeover!!!!" Haha, squirm you stupid hicks and corporate tools. Now you know how we progressives (whatever that means) felt for 8 years under Dick and his little puppet. Dems: just make sure that it, at least, has the public option or you get no votes from me come November. Have a nice day!

    March 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. hobart

    More Republican lies and hypocrisy. They aren't asking Democrats to listen to their constituents. Most of their unhappy constituents want a public option, or a single payer system. Nope, what this organization wants is to cram their "we got ours and the rest of you can just shove it" mentality down all our throats, and to do that, they'll violate the 9th commandment (not bearing false witness) with their shameless lies and hypocrisy.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    We know what they're AGAINST–EVERYTHING. But on the much tougher question, what are they FOR !!

    March 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Barbara Independent in NY

    Typical. When you really stop and think about it, it seems that the real group that wants to CONTROL EVERYTHING are the Conservatives. They don't seem to have a problem with lying or using fearmongering in order to get their way.

    March 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Tom

    How much of the $600,000 are they willing to spend on a sick person in need of health care?

    How much of the $600,000 are they willing to put up to find the best solution for everybody?

    We already have our answer.

    March 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    How many of you "Kill the Bill" fanatics have ever considered how much it would cost NOT TO PASS THE HEALTHE CARE BILL?

    Our work force has the highest rate of absenteeism imaginable.

    March 16, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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