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. hottpoker

    Right wingers are pooping in their pants just to think they might as well sit out the next two presidential elections for all the American people care.
    Go Hillary!!!

    July 22, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. tatanka

    Priceless watching the clown circus ramping up for the biennial "running of the bull." Obama won TWICE and they still can't figure it out.

    July 22, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Tom

    The Stop Hilary movement is coming from the left, by saying stop her, it emboldens her possible base to say "don't tell me what to do,
    I'll support her if I want to!" Very clever Dems!

    July 22, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. texasnotea

    Go Hillary? 2016 is your destiny! Gop'ers can cry a river for eight more years when she is elected. What a hoot!!!!!!

    July 22, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. doc

    Dejavu! Remember Shawn Hannity's "Stop Hillary Express!?" So, tell me, how well did that work out for you Repugnicans out there. You did not stop Hillary. Obama stopped Hillary! Now, she is set to capture the White House and this time, bury you all in a wave of progressives, independents AND moderate republicans who are increasingly isolated within their own party! Hillary 2016!

    July 22, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Jeb Bush

    Fear, smear, and blind hatred is all the GOP has to offer.

    July 22, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. oldbones24

    That's a hoot, they are so afraid of her they have a preempted strike before she even says she's running. The Old Lady has you shaking in your boots does she?

    July 22, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. TheTraveler

    So, instead of focusing on important issues, we will once again wade through the morass of negative campaign rhetoric and ridicule. Hopefully, Americans will be able to peer through this miasma and see it for what it really is. Personally, I don;'t think there is any low "too low" for members of the Republican Party to stoop to anymore.

    And remember folks, the GOP always tells the truth.Nah ...

    July 22, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. davecu

    Do we really need her baggage to mire us down.
    What has she REALLY done?

    Please tell us about the Rose Law firm papers.
    Please tell us how you owed cattle.
    Please tell why you stuck with Bill. Divorcees don't get elected.
    Why did you move to NY?
    Remember telling NYrs that you wouldn't run for president and then DID run?
    What REALLY happened in Benghazi? 'Cause it STILL matters what YOU did or did not do.

    What did you accomplish as secretary of state? are NK, Iran, China, Iraq changing their minds about us?
    You DID travel a whole lot on our dime. What is better now?

    July 22, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Mike Lary

    What is wrong with these people? All they want to do is stop a possible candidate who might be what the American people want rather than find a candidate whose message and ideals appeal to the majority. I guess if you have no ideals that are supported by the majority you cater to the lowest base group who will support your anti-American actions. Teapublicians go out and find a quality candidate and promote them for the betterment of the nation not oppose any who may be the peoples choice.

    July 22, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Eternal Dalek

    Well, they should nominate Rand Paul and a fellow wingnut to run in 2016 so the Democrats wins.

    July 22, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Harald

    Wooww ! The GOP's panic starts early...lol

    July 22, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Johnjon

    GOP = pathetic.

    July 22, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. dan

    lol.....stop hillary. Wow, these people don't have anything more important to do like help feed the starving, cure cancer, raise money for those in medical need, build houses, or otherwise do something useful for those less fortunate in this world? Oh, wait, they are REPUBLICANS – of course they don't engage in anything useful.

    July 22, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. honestmidwest

    It is a very sad tribute to the Republicans, that instead of spending their efforts focusing on things they were elected into office to do......they focus on this instead – just plain disgusting.

    July 22, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Richard

    Wow and we thought Obama was bad, just wait and see how bad our county is when she's in charge. Liberals be careful as you might have to get jobs, stop collecting free stuff, no longer occupy Wall Street, follows laws, be responsible, and so much more just to contribute to the socialist America (ask Europeans how much they pay in taxes to afford everything they "deserve"). Trust me Hillary will ruin what's left of America that Obama wasn't able to do by the item she is elected.!

    July 22, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. nannyjo

    So this group really doesn't have any platform of their own... it is just against anything that Hillary is for?

    July 22, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. BlackMe

    Stop the Liar!

    July 22, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. teLawrence

    REGARDLESS of any of this, America needs Campaign Finance Reform and PAC Donor Disclosure – FULL TRANSPARENCY must be the place to start!

    July 22, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. rude

    She would win in a landslide. Trouble with Repubs is they soiled their reputation with "Obama a Muslim" and the birther issue. Most recognize they are nothing more than crybabies.

    July 22, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Tom

    Why do the GOP only spend their time and money on how to defect opponents and not on how to win elections? Is it because they don't have anyone worth winning? Hilary is a shoe in! Especially since the GOP will be nominating Palin! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Idiots!

    July 22, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Tony in STL

    Republicans ....lowering their own bar ...one notch at a time! Go figure. What a fear mongering, war loving, hateful, greedy/ueless party they've become. Very anti-patriotic, ...unless you're talking about missiles!

    July 22, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Every time you hear the word "Republican" you have to immediately think of CUTS, DENYING SOCIAL SECURITY and

    July 22, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. whodathunk

    Say no to Hillary, and every other relative of former presidents! No more Bush's, Obama's, Kennedy's, Reagan's or Nixon's. This isn't a monarchy. Wth are people thinking?

    July 22, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. blakenaustin

    Unbelievable that there needs to be a stop Hillary movement. But it is also unbelievable that Obama is president. Lots of naïve and uninformed voters.

    Hillary is a compulsive liar. Lacks a moral compass. And has no noteworthy accomplishments as a senator or as secretary of state. Why should she be president?

    July 22, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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