March 16th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
8 years ago

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. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    I really hope Republicans win and the Health Care bill does not pass.

    You see I stand to make a boat load of money if this bill is voted down. Insurance companies are raising their rates again next year to cover the costs of advertising agains the bill and when this bill is killed off they have complete free will to do so.

    The great thing too is that all these opponents to HCR think that Insurance companies will reward you by lowering premiums.

    Funny, because my brother who works for Aetna says that the company plans to raise rates and drop people in order to make up for the millions they spent on HCR ads.

    And since I have thousands of dollars in stock, it's garaunteed Insurance companies profits will rise this year another 5-7%.

    Way to go Republicans. I love when you vote down a bill to help millions and dozens get filthy rich as a result.

    March 16, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Tax payers bailed out AIG, do people not realize insurance companies are under the AIG unbrella. Lobbyist for the insurance companies are paying large sums of money to stop health care reform because they can afford it because we bailed out AIG. Read people, read and follow the money trail. AIG is spreading your money around the world and receiving large profits in return while insurance companies are raising rates 50%. Wakeup people, the President is attempting to get your investment return to you instead of insurance companies with his health care reform.

    March 16, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Wmscot

    Teabaggers and now these uninformed people. Perhaps they need to be unemployeed and have lost their health care benefits for them to realize how bad it really can be. Nope " I got mine " attitude from these church going folks that just listen to their gated community friends and the likes of Rush and Beck is what they are all about. Selfish individuals !

    March 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    so Bush never spent any money????


    March 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Coporate lobbyists against the best interests of decent Americans...

    Who is CU kidding? Hypocritically silent for YEARS. Enough of the nonsense.

    Support morally compassionate health-care now for the American people.

    March 16, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. britto-fl

    what a punch of liars, and losers, you don't speak for me, I want this bill pass, and yes, we will get it pass, we won the elections and we the people of the united states of american want health care! Stop saying we don't want this bill, it's not true.

    March 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. AEK

    Where was this outcry when there was out of control spending for the illegal war in Iraq that incidentally killed thousands of American servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Just because Bush and the boys used "off the book" accounting practices to hide the real cost of the wars does not mean that money wasn't inflating the deficit. Hypocrites!

    March 16, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Bobert

    "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."

    This made me laugh.

    One, how are you paying for someone elses reduction of taxes, hmm? You must not have realized that Bush passed tax cuts for ALL brackets, as well as overly gracious benefits for individuals in lower brackets. I'm sure you didn't complain when you got that stimulus payment sent to you in 2008. But hey, why point that out.

    Two, you don't like paying for war. That's fine and dandy. I don't like paying for welfare moms to live off the system. I can't dictate where my money goes as much as you can, so tough live with it or run for congress.

    Finally, please get over this notion that mandating people buy health insurance is going to lower health care costs. Tell me, if making people who don't have health insurance buy health insurance, in what way does that make them healthier? Are they going to stop smoking? Stop drinking? Stop eating fast and fattening foods? Start exercising daily? If people are living healthy now, why would they start when they have health insurance?

    You really need to get off these liberal talking points and start actually looking at what you're advocating.

    March 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. normajean

    I guess it's safe to assume that all of these people are well cared for with their health care insurance. Well, just like the rest of the Repubs, as long as they have theirs, to heck with the rest of American families.I really believe in the long run these people are in for a big surprise. We, the rest of the country, are getting mighty fed up with your attitude and lack of caring for others and are going to deal you the surprise of your lives in the coming elections. There are a lot of us who have vowed to NEVER vote for a Repub again. for ANY office. Surprise.

    March 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Ben in Texas

    These are the guys who sold the American political process to foreign corporations. The Extreme Court decision in their case will bring unlimited legal bribery to the political process. Chances are that these new ads are sponsored by a billionaire living in China or Kuwait or Saudi Arabia or Israel, in the guise of a corporate "person". We will never find out who sponsored the ads, since Citizens United is not required to divulge that.

    Why would anyone, knowing where this money originates, pay the least attention to these ads? They are meant to corrupt the U.S. political process with money from our foreign enemies.

    March 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. John

    Good grief. How on earth do you plan to save money with government run health care? Let me guess...your taxes have gone down thanks to medicare and medicaid. No...maybe your taxes have gone down thanks to Social Insecurity. No...well, there must be some government plan that has caused your taxes to go down...No? Well then, there is your problem.

    March 16, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Edna

    I change my channel when ads denigrating health care come on and will do the same with this ad. I will hang the phone up if someone calls me regarding anything negative about health care reform. I am 100% for health care reforem. I have health insurance and am interested in millions more having some form of insurance. I am sick of Republicans blocking everything that our President is trying to do. They think that they will take over Congress in Novermber? I THINK NOT!!!!

    March 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. KathyC in MInnesota

    The sad realization is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have done very little for the American people other than complain and whine that they have not been included in the process.


    All these men and their respective caucuses have done is OBSTRUCT from the moment President Obama was sworn in. And these people deserve to be re-elected to just do MORE OF THE SAME???

    March 16, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    It will be a Great Day when Americans start thinking for themselves. Most middle class and lower class individuals know that health care cost is way too high and that insurance companies are running roughshod over them. Then, why would any of these people be against health care reform?---- even if these conservative groups spend trillions of dollars on ads to bring it down.

    March 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Michael

    I think we should do a blitz, by voting out every repuglican in the fall who voted for George Bush's policies that sent our nation on the brink of depression! Every one of those repuglicans are responsible for the economic climate we are in right now! THE CLEAN UP BEHIND THESE REPUGLICANS IS COSTING AMERICANS DEARLY! CNN, WHY HAVE YOU STOKED HEALTHCARE CONTROVERSY, BUT NOT REAL AMERICAN DECISIONS THIS FALL!

    March 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. ran

    No more fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans in 2010/2012.

    Vote for either a true Democrat or Independent.

    March 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. David in Houston

    Absolutely ridiculous...

    March 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    WAKE PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This bill is not going to lower your premiums with out lowering your coverage there is nothing it that says the insurance companies HAVE to lower your costs NOTHING

    it will be more out of pocket paid because employers will which to lower costs for them
    the pied piper is leading you off the cliff Saint obama is leading you down the path
    if he could DICTATE then he could tell the i s to lower the rates but he cant touch them THIS BILL IS A FRAUD THAT IS WHY THEY ARE TRYING TO JAM M IT DOWN OUR THROATS

    March 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    All the Gimme people are out today posting! They want to know what the Government is going to "gimme" today! Nothing is free folks and I will be laughing my A$$ off when you get your tax bill for "free" healthcare!

    March 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Here's a thought:

    Let's take all the money the "Party of No", Senator Wannabe Rubio and Presidential Wannabe Palin will be throwing at defeating health care reform, consumer credit reform and trashing Democrats in the House and Senate and use it to reduce the national debt.

    Naw... that's too easy.

    March 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Jazzy

    @Norm March 16th, 2010 12:43 pm ET
    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*****You are so Right ,Norm

    March 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |

    Out of control spending, Out of control spending, Oh Me, OH My.

    Tiger, lion and bear Oh My, are going to get us dorothy we must run, run to the reThuglican party, I'm a SCARED. The reThuglican are the only one that will save us for the SPENDING, Oh Me, Oh My didn't the reThuglicans spend like crazy under Bush & Cheney then how will they save us from the Democrats, Oh Me, Oh My the rethuglican will have Tax Cut for the Rich, whew thats better I just thought that someone was trying to help the American Public

    March 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    You have to love the gullible folks that post that we are the only industrialized country without universal health care! That is not even what is being proposed in this plan! Do you want to be like Germany with a true single payer system? They pay 14.9% of their gross pay which is pooled in a fund to pay claims! They are expecting a $10.96 billion dollar shortfall this year and will have to "raise the percentage being paid in or subsidize more heavily from taxes"! Some political parties in Germany are now suggesting they go move toward private insurers(like the US)! I am not sure about most of you but I can get a great private plan for 14.9% of my gross pay! See for yourself – The Wall Street Journal Europe Edition dated Thursday October 8, 2009 – page 3!!

    March 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. please

    We must Stop this spending on our citizens!!! Our money is better spent invading countries and then rebuilding them.

    Way to go GOP, you make me sick. (thankfully I have healthcare)

    March 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Steph

    Fact – The health care bill will save lives and save the USA money.

    March 16, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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