July 14th, 2010
07:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Iowa billboard spurs DNC fundraising effort

(CNN) - An Iowa billboard that featured side-by-side images of President Obama, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is now the subject of a fundraising push by the Democratic National Committee.

"I think comparing a president of the United States to totalitarian dictators responsible for mass murder is appalling," DNC Executive Director Jen O'Malley Dillon wrote in an email to committee supporters Wednesday evening. "I think calling Barack Obama a socialist is nonsensical. But I don't think any of this is surprising."

Located in Mason City, Iowa, the controversial billboard went up last week, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported, and was ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party. The paper also reported Wednesday that the billboard had been papered over.


The billboard depicted Obama underneath the label "Democrat Socialism," Hitler under the label "National Socialism," and Lenin under the label "Marxist Socialism."

The word "change," one of Obama's trademark slogans from his White House run, appeared beneath each of the images.

And that is a message the DNC is now using to raise funds in advance of this year's midterm elections.

"Republicans keep saying that they aren't extremists - but they keep doing things like this. And don't let the tea party label fool you - these people are Republicans, and the only thing that scares me about them is that they're fired up to vote in November," the DNC executive director says in her email before soliciting donations.

"The single best way you can help right now is to donate to fund this effort," she wrote. "Will you chip in $5 or more to help us give the people of Iowa a new billboard - and run ads across the country?"

The North Iowa Tea Party, the local Tea Party group behind the billboard, has not responded to requests for comment from CNN.


Filed under: DNC • Iowa • Tea Party movement
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. EBC

    I don't care if you are a Republican or Democrat, this billboard went over the line.

    If this was a billboard of George W. Bush being compared to Hitler, etc. majority of WHITES would have a fit and DEMAND, DEMAND, DEMAND that the folks responsible go to jail.

    This is the constant BIGOTRY that continues to exude from people who think it's OKAY to behave in such a deplorable and disgraceful manner.

    It's always OK for them to dish it out, but these same folks are always the FIRST to cry foul play when the table are turned on them.

    July 14, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. guy from NM

    Obama a socialist???? You have to be kidding! The guy is just like the others , at the beck and call of Wall Street and the Banksters

    July 14, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. vwrtb

    More good paying jobs please... Why are republicans so disgusting...?

    July 14, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Hugo

    "I think calling Barack Obama a socialist is nonsensical.
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    What exactly would you describe his ideology then, Fascism, Marxism? It certainly does not appear to be Capitalism based upon what he has subjected us to thus far. I recall Maxine Waters calling for Nationalization of the Oil Industries...Isn't she one of his Progressive liberals that reflects his agenda?

    July 14, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. JimII

    -The largest tax cut in American history
    -Insurance Reform that protects Americans from being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and mandates that will lower everyone's premiums
    -Stimulus package, that despite being too small, stopped the rise in unemployment at just under 10%
    -Financial Reform to prevent anoher crisis
    -Arms control
    -Ending the war in Iraq
    -Returning our attention where it should have been all along in Afghanistan

    But he's Hitler. Nice. These greedy, fear-mongering dirt bags do not care about this country any more than the Republicans trying to destroy our economy do.

    July 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. vwrtb

    Hitler was a fascist idiots! And he also reduced his country's unemployment rate to 0... And made them one of the strongest countries in the world... His fault was in his republican like fascism and the genocide of millions... Idiots!

    July 14, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    Wake up. Its the truth. Obama IS a socialist and shows all the signs of becoming a totalitatian dictator. God help America.

    July 14, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Devin

    Comparing Obama to two individuals directly responsible for the deaths of tens of millions is an unfair distortion. Calling his policies socialist however, are a direct reflection of the bills signed by the White House and fit the definition to a 'T', but because socialism is still considered a bad word in America, the left vigorously spins away from the phraseology in an attempt to make it seem like something else. What we are seeing here is gross misrepresentations by both parties, who would rather use political speak and stretch the truth rather than call an apple an apple or an orange an orange.

    Obama is not Hitler. Obama is not Lenin.

    Obama is a socialist.

    July 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. normajean

    Not only is it insane to compare our president with Adolph Hitler for ANY reason other than a gigantic "Tea Partiers" { say Repubs} put down but it doesn't even read. Most of these [ "mouths,no brains} weren't even born when Hitler was doing his worst. They know nothing about him except that as a criminal he was responsible for the death of thousands of Jewish people. {{Now tell me, just where does our president come in? Have any of you read "Mein Kampf " ? I doubt it. So what makes you so smart?Get A life!

    July 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Ivan-AZ

    This coming out in the same time frame the NAACP calls members of the Tea Party racist is kind of funny to me. Look tea party members and sympathizers have every right to believe what they want and support or NOT support whoever they want but this movement shows its TRUE colors and motives each and every day and I for one hope that these Republicans hiding under this Tea party label are shown to be the obstructionists that they are. Its disgusting how they oppose our president on not just ideological lines BUT EVERYTHING...come November I hope the voting public recognizes these people for who and what they truly are.

    July 14, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Yeah if he doesn't want to be called a socialist then stop implementing socialist policies and making socialist policy! These liberals want to be able to say whatever they want whenever they want, but whenever people who do not agree with them do the same it is somehow different! They drove president bush into the ground constantly and the rest of us let them because it's their right. Stop being a bunch of whiny hypocrites DNC! Barack Obama obviously has plenty to hide as he sealed his college records, won't just get it over with and show the stupid birth certificate for crying out loud, and is always trying to silence opposition as he tried to do to the NRA during the election. If he is so wonderful he should put it all out in the open and let his merits stand for themselves. Trust me the tea party isn't all republicans either, but we sure as hell will vote them in before any of these lefty loonies!

    July 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Yeah if he doesn't want to be called a socialist then stop implementing socialist policies and making socialist decisions! These liberals want to be able to say whatever they want whenever they want, but whenever people who do not agree with them do the same it is somehow different! They drove president bush into the ground constantly and the rest of us let them because it's their right. Stop being a bunch of whiny hypocrites DNC! Barack Obama obviously has plenty to hide as he sealed his college records, won't just get it over with and show the stupid birth certificate for crying out loud, and is always trying to silence opposition as he tried to do to the NRA during the election. If he is so wonderful he should put it all out in the open and let his merits stand for themselves. Trust me the tea party isn't all republicans either, but we sure as hell will vote them in before any of these lefty loonies!

    July 14, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. pat

    Disgusting. There are just too many crazies out there. I hope Democrats can see that they need to stop their whining and in-fighting and get to the polls in November. Name one good plan the Republicans have come up with for any of the messes we are left with from the Bush administration. We don't need the party of NO in charge again.

    July 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. sue

    This outrageous stunt by the tea party movement should have been top story. Everybody knows the supporters of tea party really feel like that towards President Obama. I believe the Democrats have been way to nice and patient with these racist tea party supporters. It is time to investigate them and show their true colors to the world.

    July 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. ConstitutionalPatriot

    It's time to realize folks that the republicans and democrats are destroying this country! They both are owned by the bankers and corporate elite. Those who blame the democrats or republicans soley are playing right into the divide and conquer scheme! They use divisive issues to split us and lure us into this idiotic my team vs. your team mindset, all the while keeping their 2 party stranglehold on power. Ever wonder why nothing really changes? It's because they are all the same all crooks. There are a few good ones like Ron Paul but that is few and far between. It's time to wake up and put these parties out of business America! Stop falling for this divisive con and come together on defense of our freedoms and the American way!

    July 14, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    Unfortunately for the DNC, the billboard was highly accurate. There is not much difference between the Obama of 2010 and the Hitler of 1938 and Stalin of 1917. All three put their countries on the road to a totalitarian state.

    July 14, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. libertarian

    This is just appaling. One side trashes the other, then th other uses it to make more money. I bet the two are in cahoots behind the scenes. Take America back people!!! The 2 party system is going to get us killed.

    July 14, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Kevin Cantu

    So the NAACP denounces the Tea Party which to me is wrong and yet this billboard pops up?!? WOW!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Westside

    These people are looney toon's plan and simple

    July 14, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. President Obama, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is now the subject of a fundraising push

    Iowa is a bubble

    I'm convinced of that

    some guy sat in his chair and thought "I'll put Hitler, Lenin and Obama on the same billboard, yeah, thats it, yeah, it'll be effective

    well, from where I sit, its funny, pathetic, and I hope it doesn't describe Iowa

    July 14, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. KO

    Tea Party = idiots.

    July 14, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. independent

    Teaparty = Sick
    Teapartier = racist
    Teapartier saying he/she isn't racist = delusionist racist or politician
    NAACP criticism = late, and about time. Where is the GOP criticism?

    July 14, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    Looks like every republican nut job is headed for Iowa. Gingrich is giving classes to repo hopefuls on how to lie and smear your opponant . He also has a class on just say NO And the tea baggers are out in force. Be ware Iowa.

    July 14, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. mj

    If the shoe fits .. wear it. Socialism is where Obama is taking America. He is taking apart our country piece by piece. To those who enjoy the "entitlements" be assured that there are so many more who would prefer a job to the hand-outs. This ideology that the people who work should pay for those who don't is going to be strongly disputed come elections.

    July 14, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Alex

    Ironic how the message itself is prying on voters ignorant enough to consider this anything but ridiculous via blatant fear mongering and the exploitation of the naivety of the very people they're trying to reach.

    July 14, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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