Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year 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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.


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soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. rollerskate

    Doesn't matter who runs against her!! The low info voters have us outnumbered & the democrat fraud machine will make sure the Republican Party goes extinct!!!

    July 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Justjean

    The days of having a President who can do much is over, no matter who they are. The GOP will stop a Dem Pres from getting anything whatever to sign unless it is outrageous moral overstepping. A GOP Pres will be dedicated to dismantling the government, putting ideologues in every department dedicated to making their department NOT work and calling it the right thing to do. So we are left with the choice of MAYBE getting a little done and a veto for outrage vs undoing anything helpful that has ever occured..

    July 22, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Meki60

    what a disgusting candidate. The democrats will further ruin America, just like they did Detroit.

    July 22, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Concerned American

    So does the GoP not have ideas to make the future better? Is this just play the game of that person sucks vote for us technique all over again? Instead of trying to play the defamation of character on Hillary Clinton (who hasn't even said she is running), why not use all this effort in finding someone who can win?

    July 22, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. AJ

    Professional hecklers. Politics in the US is amazing.

    July 22, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Aletheya

    It just goes to show how scared they are of her. If they didn't think she was likely to win, they wouldn't get so worked up.

    July 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Dave

    Hillary won't run. Other than being a woman, she brings nothing new to the table. She is old, white, politician, in poor health, and lots of political baggage to overcome. The youth aren't excited about her (other than the potential to have a female president). The minorities are not overly excited about her. No most youth and minorities will not vote republican, but if the fall back to their historic voting percentage (those that actually get out and vote), The democrats will have a very hard time winning. She knows this and does not want to be defeated again. Thus, I do not see Hillary actually running.

    July 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. lawless4u

    "Stop Hilary PAC"???

    Really? That's the problem with the GOP and their tea party mujahedeen. How about fielding a electable person? Instead of trying to run a better candidate than the other side, they just try to tear the competition down.

    July 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Pam from Iowa

    Too funny!
    Everytime I hear about this "stop Hillary" PAC, it makes me laugh!!!
    The GOP is running scared well before the next election!
    They can't present a viable candidate of their own so they are wasting their money and effort on this!!!
    Despicable arent they???

    July 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. ME

    If they weren't so threatened by her they wouldn't waste their time and money. However, spending money or fabricating
    falsehoods or trying to discredit has never been a problem with the GOP, it seems that is all they are capable of doing anymore.

    Here is to seeing Hillary as the new POTUS in 2016!

    July 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. RF

    So afraid! So very afraid!

    July 22, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Joe b

    Let's try some new people for a change. I am tired of all the Bush's, Clinton's and Obama's. none of them will bring the change we need.

    July 22, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. civility

    If the Dems run Hillary, she is unbeatable albeit a fading star (like Evita was). Why bother wasting money trying to knock her down? Everyone respects her as they should, and will vote for her accordingly – including a lot of GOPs. All she has to do is show up with her Hubby in tow and not say or do anything too extreme. If that happens, the GOP can expect to sit it out until 2024. Thats a long time. Younger people today dont care as much about cars or money, go figure. Soooo, GOP get your act together and run someone who represents western values today and tomorrow, not the western world of yesteryear – and please, get John McCain off the stage paaaalleeaszze – its embarrasing....

    July 22, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Coffeecoolers

    Why are GOP always regressive in everything they do

    July 22, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Wayne

    The GOP is so disorganized they alone will elect Hillary. They offer nothing except dissent among themselves with no new ideas and no one to run for President.

    July 22, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Steve Hamilton

    Joe: I don't agree with your comments. I don't think money that the GOP can raise will determine who is elected in 2016. Also, I think you are dead wrong about women not wanting a woman to be president; after the GOP has moved heaven and earth to discriminate against women, I think close to 100% of women will vote for her. I also disagree with your grading of the president; first all politicians get graded on a curve, and given the blocking actions of the GOP, I think he gets an overall grade of B or B-, which is moot; voters are going to be looking at their options going forward, not looking back and focusing on Obama's performance. And so far, the potential GOP candidates all have serious weaknesses, which other candidates are quick to point out, violating Reagan's 11th commandment.

    July 22, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. GED

    With all the warning they've gotten from previous repubs - they just don't get it. These guys do more to push voters away than trying to build a new base. They should be spending all their energy and resources to get new voters - what their doing three years earlier is pushing voters right into Hillary's hands. Stop relying on the all white, elder and rich voter - who seems to be turning against them due to their negative tactics. It's so hard for them to realize that people don't want them thinking on their behalf - so call having their best interest at heart - bull ....it

    July 22, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. pprty

    It was traumatic for conservatives to lose the bid for the Presidency, and it's going to be even more traumatic when they lose AGAIN – jeez!

    July 22, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Al

    Impossible for Christie to win,,,,he is a republican. The men have had more than ample time to do something right,,,,they have failed. There is NO way that Hillary can be stopped. The men in this world have always had their way, in the bedroom or out in the park. At least for awhile it will be a woman deciding who is the screwer and who is the screwee. In case anyone is wondering which gender I am, I am the male

    July 22, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Bob

    There has yet to be a woman president. Hillary has the best chance of any woman to accomplish this. The GOP froths at the mouth with hatred for her but the right wing keeps on pulling right causing any of their candidates to be out of the mainstream. I agree with Justjean that the GOP will force gridlock on Washington until they're successful at cutting major programs and repealing Obamacare and stopping any other progress that the majority of this country desires.

    July 22, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. pprty

    Conservatives/Republicans: Are you so accustomed to paying someone to do your work FOR YOU, that you can't do anything for yourselves? By your actions you are giving the impression that you can't/won't come up with anything yourselves, so you are reduced to attacking the other side. Your hate and jealousy is obvious on all of your faces, in your tone of voice, in your scramble to try to "be somebody".

    July 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. dee

    I am so tired of the repubs..they don't give a damn about the people..all they care about is bringing someone down because of the chance she may run...I wish all the repubs would resign or start acting like adults and not stupid children..stop already..

    July 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. papanez

    Let them throw their money away. This is pretty funny. The GOP couldn't field an electable candidate if he (repeat HE) was running unopposed!

    July 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Yakobi

    I love it.
    The lengthy list of scandals and possible criminal activity aside, what accomplishments does she bring to the table? Oh yeah–voting to go to war in Iraq as a senator. That, and she married an equally scandalous criminal: "Slick Willie".

    July 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. dee

    by all counts every candidate the Repubs had before is wow really bad or says stupid things to the press..i am so tired of all the back and forth..stop stop...

    July 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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