First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York
June 27th, 2013
10:20 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York

Washington (CNN) - The movement to "Stop Hillary" is coming to Hillary Clinton's backyard.

America Rising, the political action committee chaired by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, is organizing an "Inaugural Stop Hillary 2016 Luncheon" for Republican donors in Manhattan, CNN has learned.

The July 10 session will be hosted by Matt Rhoades, Romney's former campaign chief and the chairman of America Rising, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.

One New York finance source said the event might not attract some top-tier Republican donors who have friendly relationships with Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, from the philanthropic world. But this person predicted that reliable GOP donors should be intrigued nonetheless.

"This campaign that they started is a hook for people, it's a draw for people," the source said. "The only entity, other than the Republican Governors Association maybe, that is really focused on anybody running in 2016, or any of these governor's races, is America Rising. This will be a test to see who is going to show up and who is interested."

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Along with the luncheon, emissaries from America Rising are also arranging one-on-one meetings with some of the city's leading GOP bundlers, a Republican source said.

The July fundraising swing represents the first step in formal outreach to the GOP money set for America Rising, an independent group that launched this spring with the purpose of tracking and collecting negative research on Democratic candidates – with a special focus on the Democrats eyeing a presidential bid in 2016.

The PAC is bringing on a finance director in July to help kick start its fundraising efforts.

Their anti-Clinton effort – StopHillary2016.org – launched last week, an initiative first reported by CNN. "America Rising was formed to prevent Americans from ever having to see another Clinton in the White House," the group said.

America Rising has a separate wing, America Rising LLC, that provides research, tracking video, and communications consulting to committees, PACs, campaigns and issue advocacy groups.

Two leading pro-Republican groups, Karl Rove's American Crossroads and David Bossie's Citizens United, have hired America Rising. The group also worked with two outside groups involved in the Massachusetts special Senate election and is dabbling in this year's Virginia governor's race.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Hillary has 2016 in the bag. Look at how scared they are.

    June 27, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She hasn't said for sure that she is running, and it is a number of years away. This is just silly, and a show that there needs to be less money in politics in every way. We need more people who feel they can afford to run so that all Americans can say that they are represented in every level of government.

    June 27, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The July 10 session will be hosted by Matt Rhoades, Romney's former campaign chief and the chairman of America Rising, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN."

    If Mr. Matt Rhoades was unable to get Mitt Romney elected President of the United States against Mr. Obama, I seriously doubt this dude has it in him to stop Hillary Clinton ... should she decide to run.

    I suspect, thought, that there are a great many fools who will be willing to "donate" to Mr. Rhoades and Mr. Rove, regardless of their track records thus far.

    But, hey. It is a good "scoop" for CNN. Not QUITE breaking news ... but close.

    June 27, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Sarah Caldwell

    Nothing is more likely to make Democrats, even those of us who wonder if a younger candidate might be better long-term, go to the barricades to defend Hillary than this kind of behavior.

    June 27, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She hasn't said for sure that she is running, and it is a number of years away. This is just silly, and a show that there needs to be less money in politics in every way. We need more people who feel they can afford to run so that all Americans can say that they are represented in every level of government.
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    There's probably many, many people who would make excellent elected officials who won't throw their hat into the ring because of some irrelevant indiscretion of one sort or another in their past that would prove too embarrassing or hurtful to their loved ones to make it worth it. Americans love their dirty laundry, dontcha know, and the "media" just loves to air it.

    June 27, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Data Driven

    Note that Citizens United and Crossroads are funneling money to these people. Prepare to hear a lot from them in the coming years.

    June 27, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Conservatives are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Why the panic? You've brought this upon yourselves republicans. And your attempts to surpress the vote is going to piss us off even more. We'll be coming to the poll in droves.

    June 27, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Jake

    Democrats have to run an unhealthy, old, 60s progressive with baggage and no new ideas. They're acting like Republicans – "it's her turn." Good luck with that.

    June 27, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Marie MD

    @stuffit, please do so.
    That being said, this reminds me of the old fossil from KY going after Judd before she even said she was going to run for office?
    Why are the rethugs so afraid of women? Sometimes I really wonder if any of you were born of a woman (craswling out from under a rock is my take) or if you have any respect at all for your wives, daughters, sisters because you treat women pretty, pretty bad.

    June 27, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. (With a little bit of Mark Rich thown in and hey lets not forget Vince Foster, Whitewater, Paula Broadwell).
    ----------------
    It's the old bait and switch again, folks. When you've lost the argument, or have no argument, on the real issue, then you substitute an emotional argument in its' place. It's an old Jedi mind trick by the right wing.

    June 27, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Warren

    My big question is, America Rising is it tax exempt?? Anyone know?

    June 27, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Guess

    Lets not forget indeed, yet your party has zero chance of a 16 win, but oh the money they will spend, its tax free, of course, because they are not politically active. despite the dirty laundry, and all else encompassed in a clinton bid, and your still scared to death, and that does not prompt further review of your ideaology, because you have none yourselves, you sell whatever the koch brothers and rove, norquist, aldeson, tell you to sell, you dont have enough courage to have your own convictions, why oh why cant you get elected?. idiots

    June 27, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If you want to invest in sure loses,donate to the GOP like 2012 where all your money went down the toilet. Do the math GOP party of stupid, the GOP is dead in the water and another GOP train wreck coming in 2014 and 2016, the GOP, the garbage of America!!!!

    June 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Guess

    The senario of your gop politicians actually believing the tripe they spew is a far more disturbing reality, give me this. watching a gop comment on the voting act struck down was sickening, justice has been restored. bs. justice has been bought and paid for aka justice roberts, the political activist who just so happens to be a judge. man this is painful to watch how quickly citizens united has perverted our system, this is crazy

    June 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    It is a bit too early. But, if Hillary were to be elected, you could expect the economy to continue to stagnate, the National Debt to rise, more people depending on food stamps etc. But the Nanny State is what the people have voted for the last 80 plus years. Your move.

    June 27, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Hibbard

    Look forward to voting for the lady, if she decides to enter the competition. If she does enter the republicans, need to close the lid and flush. That way the smell goes up the pipe, not out in the room.

    June 27, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. lottie

    repos are running scared and putting all their energy into a race that may not happen. The rest of use are looking at the economy and jobs. But then what did we expect from the repos?. NO NO No as usual. The whole party is a joke and needs to go

    June 27, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Stuffit
    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. (With a little bit of Mark Rich thown in and hey lets not forget Vince Foster, Whitewater, Paula Broadwell).
    ------------------------------------------------
    Blah Blah Blah! Republicans are doomed in 16 and the foreseeable future. Go right ahead and keep fooling yourself.

    June 27, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. (With a little bit of Mark Rich thown in and hey lets not forget Vince Foster, Whitewater, Paula Broadwell).
    ------
    It's the old bait and switch again, folks. When you've lost the argument, or have no argument, on the real issue, then you substitute an emotional argument in its' place. It's an old Jedi mind trick by the right wing.
    ------
    Again, used by yourself ad nauseum.

    June 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Wilson

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    It is a bit too early. But, if Hillary were to be elected, you could expect the economy to continue to stagnate, the National Debt to rise, more people depending on food stamps etc. But the Nanny State is what the people have voted for the last 80 plus years. Your move.
    ------
    Atlas Shrugged is being used as the blueprint for the "fundamental transformation of America."
    $

    June 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Michael

    Why does she need a donor meeting?
    CNN has already elected her president in 2016.
    Her election is inevitable, just like in 2008.

    June 27, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    How do republicans plan on winning when they've got a war on women, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-clean environment, surpressing the vote & pro war? I've got my black suit ready to witness the GOTP funeral next year.

    June 27, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Jinx9to88

    I am glad the GOP trolls on this blog brought up Benghazi, I almost forgot 13 embassies were attacked and 54 people died under the previous admin., but no one wants to bring up those statistics. Thanks for reminding me GOP trolls.

    June 27, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Hibbard

    Here's what happens if she runs, and is elected to office. The nation gains back it's standing in the world as a leader. The economy improves to the point where unemployment is lower than it has been in the last 30 years. The emphasis on human rights and dignity start to supersede corporate greed. And last but not least, the chance to become a superpower with international poise and grace will become more important than being that of a peace keeper to the world. Maybe we'll get to the point where we understand the meaning of minding our own business. Oh! did I print something here that's insulting to republicans? If so, good. Learn to cope.

    June 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    How do republicans plan on winning when they've got a war on women, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-clean environment, surpressing the vote & pro war? I've got my black suit ready to witness the GOTP funeral next year.
    -----–
    According to the left, they've been this way for 50 years, so how is it they have ever won? Fact is, the GOP is none of that... except in the beliefs of the weak minded useful idiots.

    June 27, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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