New female super PAC's latest step
March 22nd, 2012
01:37 PM ET
2 years ago

New female super PAC's latest step

(CNN) - ShePAC, a new super PAC focused on supporting Republican women, announced its advisory board Thursday, intended to bolster the independent organization.

The group of 12 women includes Chairwoman of the Tea Party Express Amy Kremer, actress Janine Turner, former Arkansas congressional candidate Princella Smith and former Rep. Michele Bachmann Chief of Staff Elizabeth Pinkerton.

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"They represent a diverse group of successful women from varied walks of life," ShePAC Co-Chair Teri Christoph said in a statement released first to CNN. "These women share a common commitment to our cause that makes each key to the work of ShePAC."

Kremer said the advisory board will hopefully raise the profile of the organization. Given Republicans are "horrible on messaging," it is incumbent upon other groups to "take the lead," Kremer said.

"Women in general are playing a more prominent role in the political world so I think it's good that we can get these strong conservatives to come together to support conservative women for office," Kremer told CNN. "We just get it done."

ShePAC launched in February with the goal of electing conservative women, who currently hold 29 seats in Congress. They recently endorsed Mia Love for Congress in Utah, but it was a web video targeting comedian Bill Maher that received the most attention.

The spot, "Bill Maher: Obama's Million Dollar Man" called out the HBO host for comments made about Republican women, while highlighting his $1 million donation to a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election effort.

A source close to the PAC said tens of thousands of dollars were raised off the video. Depending on donations, the group will produce ads in support of Congressional candidates and expects to issue more endorsements in the future.

"In theory you could have Republican women take back the Senate in 2012," the source told CNN. "We're defending conservative women who have really taken a beating from the media and others in the last few years."


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I just got an idea for a reality show. "The Really Wacked Out Wives of the Tea Party"

    March 22, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Katie

    Scary group!

    March 22, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. king

    Ahh the right winged nuts in splendor. I know these repubs was born with a gold spoon in their mouth, most of these female didn't have to struggle like the average female to be successful, and statistic saying its getting way more didmfficult to rise out of poverty or working class to make to the spot where these repubs females are at. Lesson the rich class have locked up the catogary, and wont let no one in. These females wants to give corporations a free roll on average working women without no backative in their corner. Its like a mouse fighting an elephant. If the gullible wants to buy the repubs snake oil because they are in a different form, hey snake oil is snake oil no matter how you spin it.

    March 22, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. BK

    I'm betting that, ironically, they are against most of the rights of women that are hot issues right now.

    March 22, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Arkansas Undertaker

    ANY woman living in America today that would support the Republican Party after their all out WAR on WOMAN she be completely ashamed of herself. Or at least have their heads examined! Ok, i understand you dont like the "Black Guy" (President Obama), but at least he's not trying to take away the freedoms you've fought a lifetime to obtain.

    March 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Bill

    What a joke.

    March 22, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    So, aside from Kremer, everyone else is an example of a career in freefall: after the election, Kremer will be plummeting like a rock as well. People like strong women, not those playing the victim card.

    March 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. michaelam

    A more appropriate name for this "PAC" would be-the "Steford Wives Super Pac" or the "Step and Fetch Super PAC."

    As a female, I want more women in politics and leadership roles but I will not support this crazy, backward, self-loathing bunch of "gals." Nice try, Teahadists–Give it up; you will NOT secure the female vote--the damage is done!

    March 22, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Sue

    Yes!!!!! Finally a group that is for the women's issues of the silent majority. We women will be a force to be reckoned with during the upcoming election and we can stand for the REAL issues of importance to American women. Check sent!

    March 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Rachel

    I didn't have much growing up, but was raised with family values, morals and respect. Proud to be a conservative latina. I'm excited. I support this group – where do I sign up!!!

    March 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. R.I.P. Damon

    Gee, some of these posts seem a bit misogynistic to me. I would expect this kind of hateful talk from Rush Limbaugh, not enlightened libs who actually stand up for women's rights. Well, if those women support abortion that is. Go ahead and keep up the "Republicans are waging war on women" baloney...what nonsense.

    March 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Vic of new York

    What filthy rich Republican backers are the strings behind this one? Like the Koche brother sponsored "Tea Party Express", you must know some squids are the strings behind the "Republican Woman" front.

    March 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Marla

    These women are an affront to all of us who worked so hard for Women's rights when I was a young woman. I do not understand how any women, or the men who truly love them, could ever vote for a republican.

    March 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. kj

    Not all SUPER PACs are funded by the wealthy. In fact 2 High School seniors have one at was approved by the FEC. So, they are not all funded by the Koche brothers. Their website is http://swagpac.org/

    March 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    Women's rights should be as follows= women have the right to make the decision on birth control and abortion=women pay for their birth control and abortion = independent women, self sufficient women= a free woman. Yes, this is the freedom we women fought for a lifetime to obtain. We women didn't fight to have our bosses and government have to pay for our birth control or abortion thus giving them power over us. We pay, we make the decision.

    March 22, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    @Marla- a woman that pays for herself = is a free woman and that is the beauty behind women obtaining the right to vote, work, buy a home, drive, etc.... Women's Rights is about being free to make a choice not about forcing your employer or government to pay for you. When you force anyone to pay for you you just lost your freedom.

    March 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Indy

    Is this even legal for Michelle Bachmann to be part of a Super Pac while serving in Congress ? We know she does anything but her job and runs to every camera she sees but really she can be aprt of this legally ?

    March 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. kayla

    did you say shepac? or did you mean shedevils?

    March 22, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    Now the media is beating women?! OMG!

    March 22, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. GI Joe.

    Where is Justice Thomas and his white wife? They are active in the bagger organizations.

    March 22, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Lolo

    We are not beating women, it is just that the republican women love to step and fetch for their rich husbands, no matter what, so long as they do not have to work and pay the bills. They are just tools for them. They only speak when they are told to do so. Other women who are truly fighting fo their freedom, the republican women will throw a monkey in the wrench to tear it all down. Just like their republican husbands they cannot be trusted. They flip-flop also. They only fight for republican women who believe in the the barefoot and pregnant syndrome. They will not be getting one red cent from me.

    March 22, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. GI Joe.

    SHEpac? Be careful - the alaskan wolf-shooter-in-chief-for-two-years-before-she-quit will get in her helicopter and put sights on ya. You betcha.

    March 22, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Too late teabaggers. The good old boys told the truth and women aren't happy about it. Obama/Biden 2012!

    March 22, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Dan in Chitown

    I thought the Tea Party was party neutral????? I wonder if any of them agree now that they are completely and utterly behind the Republican Party. Even here they are stating that they are a "diverse" group. Hogwash.....

    March 22, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Mom to 3

    So they are going to support women by electing Republicans that want to deny birth control coverage to women, force women to have humiliating procedures to "punish" them for seeking an abortion, defund organizations that provide needed healthcare such as breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer screenings to low income women, and do not support the Violence Against Women Act. Wow - I am a woman and I don't want that kind of "help." No thanks, ShePAC, I will continue to vote for the Democrats.

    March 22, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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