Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

‘Stop Hillary’ group ramps up anti-Clinton efforts

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, but the conservative effort to derail her potential candidacy is already underway.

Iowa poll: Who wins a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

The organizers behind Stop Hillary PAC, a political action committee quietly incorporated in May, are stepping into public view this week as they ramp up their efforts to harangue Clinton as she mulls over her political future.

On Monday, the PAC is announcing its leadership team, steered by Ted Harvey, a conservative Colorado state senator who was a vocal opponent of the recent gun control laws passed in the state.

Also coming on board are Garrett Marquis, a media strategist and alumnus of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; Alex Shively, a former aide to Georgia Rep. Tom Price; Jacob Leis, a Colorado-based political strategist; and Dan Backer, a Washington attorney and lobbyist.

Those aren’t the most prominent names in Republican politics, but according to Marquis, that’s just fine. The PAC and its messaging are designed to appeal to grassroots conservatives and low dollar contributors, not traditional big donors.

Put another way, the group wants to be a boisterous party-crasher as the 2016 campaign gets underway, ginning up controversy and online contributions with barbed attacks against Clinton. To start, the PAC is releasing a video later this week “that will get a lot of attention,” Marquis promised.

Former top Obama campaign aides to advise Clinton effort

The organization’s plans to “Stop Hillary” are admittedly scattershot in these early stages of the race. Their portfolio could include “bracketing” events at Clinton appearances around the country, or local TV and radio ads, or social media efforts. If Clinton does decide to run for office, the PAC will be in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina waiting for her.

The point, Marquis said, is “to make noise” wherever Clinton goes.

“We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” he said. “We will play however needed, wherever Hillary is playing. If she endorses in the Virginia governor’s race, we will go there. Assuming she is active in Iowa, we will be there, too, and we will make some considerable noise.”

Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York

The group is separate from “Stop Hillary 2016,” a project initiated last month by America Rising, a new opposition research outfit helmed by former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and a pair of former Republican National Committee officials.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. tony

    The party of "No", is also the party of "This is our private democracy for the rich only – we choose, you don't". Seems more like the party of "treason" every day.

    July 22, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Astounded

    While the GOP truly has nothing to offer at this point, anyone who votes for this woman is not voting with the best interests of this country in mind, but rather simply toeing the party line.

    This woman supported the Defense of Marriage Act, she voted for the Iraq War and was one of many democrats who got up in front of the American people talking about the "undeniable WMD program and the "imminent threat" that Saddam posed to the U.S.", lied about Benghazi....she is everything so many of you on this board pretend to be vehemently against, yet you sit here and, with a straight face, talk about how great of a president she'll make.

    You people have short term memories and thus, you're doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes because you're simply too stupid to learn from them.

    July 22, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Astounded

    While the GOP truly has nothing to offer at this point, anyone who votes for this woman is not voting with the best interests of this country in mind, but rather simply toeing the party line.

    This woman supported the Defense of Marriage Act, she voted for the Iraq War and was one of many democrats who got up in front of the American people talking about the "undeniable WMD program and the "imminent threat" that Saddam posed to the U.S.", lied about Benghazi....she is everything so many of you on this board pretend to be vehemently against, yet you sit here and, with a straight face, talk about how great of a president she'll make.

    You people have short term memories and thus, you're doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes because you're simply too thick to learn from them.

    July 22, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. DW

    Looks like it's time to put a stop to the StopHilary PAC....

    July 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Coffeeclue

    Isn't this why the Republican party lost the 2012 election? Just doing everything against Obama with no rhyme or reason? What an idiotic way to run a campaign! Do they really think that if they yell the loudest, they will be taken seriously?
    I'm neither democrat nor republican. In fact, I don't vote (and yes, I am a US citizen). However, whenever I see such moronic tactics as "just do everything opposite" (Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman come to mind), it's such a turn off that it makes me want to vote just not to have these people as my leaders.

    July 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Tom

    The GOP is scared already... Thats too funny. Starting a smear campaign 3 years before an election.

    July 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Marcia

    Benghazi was NEVER an embassy under State dept control-it was a CIA operation and the ambassador -a former CIA head- was there on CIA business-after 9 hearing the Repub never were able to blame Hillary and there is a good reason why but that has never stopped Fox Zombies from trying to pin Benghazi on Hillary-they are that scared of her that they are willing to lie Hillary was in charge on State dept NOT the CIA

    July 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Harold II

    It requires a pretty sick mind to come up with a campaign like that. It is exercising undue influence in what should be a democratic society and country. By all means, feel free to vote against Hillary, be it in Primaries or otherwise, but the campaign demonstrates that there are many people who still do not understand what democracy actually means or stands for. Sick!

    July 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Scott

    If the GOP is putting this much attention and money into an effort to stop someone who has not even declared their candidacy then it suggests to me she is a highly qualified candidate and would make a wonderful President.

    July 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. civility

    What the GOP should be working on is a formidable and winning candidate for their own Party platform, not trying to knock the competition because they are already identifying who they want it to be with what they are doing...Hello? Is there anyone left in the GOP that still has any sense at all in what this country needs for its leadership today and tomorrow ???

    July 22, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. SoSick13

    I have yet to see a decent republican. I just don't understand how so many people support a party that doesn't even care about them! everyone knows the republicans are all about their own agendas and getting the most green in their pockets they can. I'm from a mostly republican states and our rep governor just cut over 1 billion dollars to an already ridiculously tight education budget to make room to provide some BIG tax breaks for large companies in the state. I'm so sick of republicans I could scream! While I like democrats, my values lie with the liberals. They seem to be the only party with a decent head on their shoulders and an agenda that's actually about making things better. Right now they are all petitioning towards an $11/hr min wage. They make great points regarding it too. It might put a stain on business for a while, but when people actually have enough money to spend some on leisure instead of just basic needs those businesses will see their money return and the overall happiness and quality of life in America will get better. We used to be a great country who cared about our citizens, now I don't know what we are... All I know is I'm not looking forward to our next republican president.

    July 22, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Mr Foobar2u

    I voted for the first time Democratic this past election. If Hillary is the nominee, I won't vote for her, unless the republicans shoot themselves in the foot (again).
    Honestly, she's a snake... she voted for the war in Iraq..because she went with the crowd and didn't vote her conscious.. and for those of you who say it was based on faulty intelligence, the vote wasn't unanimous in the senate.. so there were senators that voted against it on moral grounds..
    If the republicans send up a center/right candidate, then they should have no problems winning.. but odds are (and this article is proof) they are going to shoot themselves in the foot, and leave the independents no choice but to vote for her.. *sigh*

    July 22, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Vence

    The only plan where republicans have a change to stop Hillary is pass immigration reform with citizenship ASAP. But we all know they don't like that soup.

    July 22, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. LWJR

    ABH....anybody but hillary.

    July 22, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. OKOFIA

    The Republican Party has become a party of old rich white men, and and poor Southern Caucasians. Their coalition continue to shrink, but they are too blind to see it. Even former President Bush has warned his Party to broaden their views and scope to have a chance in up comming elections, but they refuse to listen. Hillary Clinton is not their problem. They are their own problems. Hillary will crush them in 2016.

    July 22, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. CT

    Let me guess ... this video will "get attention" by rehashing the same tired Benghazi talking points that no one outside the Fox news universe cares about. Republicans don't realize that this isn't gaining them any votes. They're just making the prexisting Hillary haters angrier, which doesn't help come election time. No matter how mad you are, you only get one vote.

    July 22, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Equal share for everyone!

    Really? hillary for president? REALLY? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    July 22, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. DaveL

    I got a better idea..... why don't you just put up a better candidate? If all you can do is mount a smear campaign then that means you have nothing better to offer, plain and simple. That applies to both parties but in recent years the GOP has this smear thing down to a science because they have so very little to offer.

    July 22, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. OKOFIA

    Mr. Foobar, you sound like a closet republican. Everyone was fooled about signing on the Iraq war. Therefore if you choose to vote republican next time you will be gravely disappointed.

    July 22, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Bob in Ohio

    This article was originally published in The Onion, right? They GOP can't possibly be this stupid (scared, maybe?) can they?

    July 22, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Ava Tzername

    "We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary" . . . so no matter if what Hillary is supporting is good for the country, they're going to oppose her just to oppose her. This is the whole problem with the Republicans. Creepy.

    July 22, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. SoSad

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha "helmed by former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and a pair of former Republican National Committee officials".

    That should work out great, losers with Romney, and this Jack Off named Matt Rhoades what a good job you did for Romney. I cannot wait for you to fuk up this train ride, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    July 22, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. john

    why dont the republicans spend their efforts fielding a respectable candidate instead of running down and discrediting the opposition.positive efforts to construct something would be far more beneficial for not just their party but the nation as a whole.

    July 22, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. civility

    Why put Hillary in the White House? She's good, everyone likes her, but she and her husband are basically already in that position now... I think we could use some fresh faces in DC, a candidacy that represents global values today and tomorrow – no it cant be Christie solely because, unfortunately, on TV, he is obviously undiiciplined with his weight problem, so believe it or not, that makes him a loser today when being on camera is all there is for most of middle America. Unfortunately, like bankers, American voters are not that bright. The GOP needs to flush out some new blood, can the Tea Party, can Wall Street greed, and start speaking up for the middle class.

    July 22, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Pander Bear

    She's going to make a fantastic President. The GOP is going the way of the Dodo.

    July 22, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26