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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  1. RickFromTexas

    Lol, the only GOP candidate who has even a ghost of a chance against Hilary is Christie and he's too busy trying to keep New Jersey from sinking under a mountain of debt.

    July 22, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Vile GOP

    The GOP has been invaded by the BORG of stupidity. Don't have a single candidate worthy so they concentrate on stopping their opposition. The party of desperation and NO to the ultimate demise. GOP hurry up and die!

    July 22, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. MasterBlaster

    No! Not Hillary! Hasn't she ruined America enough with her "I gotta be everything my husband has been" attitude? I thought G.W. Bush would be worst president in history, then "they" found Obama. Who opposed Bush's policies, but still after 5yrs keeps them alive (Patriot Act, Eavesdropping, No tariffs, allowing job exodus). Now "they" might of found a

    July 22, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. dotheflippin'math

    The GOP has hit rock-bottom, and continues to dig. I hope they cross the line and get hit with slander lawsuits, or manage to completely alienate the few decent Americans who still think they're not the pandering party of hate they've clearly become. I doubt Hillary even runs. I'll be LMAO in THREE YEARS when we have another Democratic president, and hopefully control of the house. What's to the right of right? The "dark side." Darth Cheney's evil offspring is a prime example. Here's the GOP's brilliant strategy, summed-up in a few words: hatred, attack, and slander.

    July 22, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. TONE

    @Mark
    The republicans have no decent candidate they will never have one good enough to become president ever their time is up so they can waste time trying to stop Hilary i will vote for her.

    July 22, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Saint or Not

    BTW I Snap shot and posted FB 1000 friends to know whether or not you censured . Wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong Idea about your news organization..

    July 22, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. NorCalMojo

    Hillary supporters are delusional. Why do people think she'd be a good leader? She resigned in disgrace from the Secretary of State position. We can't afford another affirmitive action president. We need to choose on ability this time.

    July 22, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton is the most and the highest figure and the most admired woman in the history of politics you name it. She represents everything top to bottom and the middle. Not only a wife of one of the most succesful President but she also was one of the most powerful woman on earth as a Lawyer,First Lady,Senator,Secretary of State . I truly hope that She is going to be the next first female US President GO Hillary God Bless You

    July 22, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. kvn

    What difference, at this point, does it make?
    Over my dead Ben Ghazi.
    Whitewater grafting.
    Bimbogate.

    July 22, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. n222s

    Well...there is one Democrat (probably more) on board with this; Joe Biden. He will not be viable in 2020 so 2016 is his shot. You may love Hillary, fine. However, just remember that there were several progressives who felt she was unstoppable in 2008. Al Sharpton endorsed her at first until...team Obama.

    And she does have several negatives (as do all polliticians). Benghazi doesn't matter to Democrats now but her role in that event will not help her in a general election. Biden had nothing to do with that affair. Plus, let's face it, she is a poor public speaker. Remember her "I am in no ways tired..." speech? And her pedantic way of speaking?

    Which is a long way of saying that what looks good in 2013 may not look so great in 2016. Remember the enthusiasm Republicans had for Romney, early?

    July 22, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. quinLee

    It doesn't matter how many of these little out of touch with reality groups pop up, Hillary Rodham Clinton WILL be President of the United States of America in 2016–by a landslide. Even the GOP establishment knows this. The far right has taken over the party and have become quiet efficient at alienating and offending everyone except a small but shrinking portion of the population. Sure, this strategy will win short-term and isolated victories, but it is a guaranteed LOSS for long-term and major elections.

    July 22, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Two thumbs

    Just a simple observation; but what if I do not want Hillary to be my candidate...three years out and she already has been handed the nomination. Where is my platform, where is my primary...where are my other candidates.

    July 22, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Chuk

    Wao, the GOP is starting to panic already. In 2013? Unbelievable.

    July 22, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Paul

    And I'm sure they need to get a tax free status.

    July 22, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. amlcpamaine

    The major issue is motivation - these prissy spoilt brats don't understand that for generations there have been public servants – including fine Republicans – who run for office and work to serve "the American people." They recognize that we're a country of many peoples. These brats want only their own way and to legislate to benefit only their handful of elites. Hilary may have many skeletons in the closet but her actions to serve in many jobs were for all of us, not for her. The GOP will likely run another puppeted stooge who will utter talking points to feed the ignorant, but will only fight for the 1%. And they'll lose. And they'll wonder afterwards where they went wrong.

    July 22, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. EMcK

    They're just paranoid because it might come out during her campaign that the whole basis for "Obamacare" was a Republican response to "Hillarycare" in the 90's. That's right folks, the mandate, etc. was a Republican idea put forth back in the 90's as a right-wing response to her proposals. . . . God forbid it should become common knowledge that Newt and company came up with the ideas they're now attacking.

    July 22, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. freedom

    Hilary Clinton is not worthy of this office. There are many women of integrity this country could choose from to be the first female president – she's not one of them – she lies, connives, and leaves ambassadors to be murdered in embassies. Just as Obama has proven to be unworthy to be the first black president. He has only encouraged division among the races – he squelched his privileged opportunity.

    July 22, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. al

    Yawn. So more conservative PAC's are going to do what they do. Does anyone really care?.

    July 22, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Roz

    Dear conservatives – there are millions of us waiting for your moves. There are millions of us who stand up just like Hillary – educated, hard working, competent. You will not silence us by trying to defeat one woman – we share the same voice. We share that voice with millions of others you try to silence. There are more of us then you and we do not live our lives in paranoid fear. We move forward everyday. The one thing you cannot change IS change – THAT is what is the natural order of things.

    July 22, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. gladiatorgrl

    so why is this PAC "tax exempt"?

    Hillary's gonna mop up the floor with the bafoons the GOP has been putting out

    July 22, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Hmm

    Stop Hillary Obama!! Stop the Benghazi Bungler!! Hillary Hung Up on Benghazi!!

    July 22, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Academic

    These efforts may ultimately have the effect of getting some particular canidate elected other than Hillary Clinton, but I would be far more inclined to vote for a Republican canidate if they could offer a well-considered set of evidence-based proposals for managing the national debt, stimulating the economy, controlling health care costs, etc. My perception is that the party collectively is trying to slip a variety of distasteful policies into effect by focusing on the negative attributes of Ms. Clinton. For example, means testing social security and raising the age of eligibility for Social Security might be very rational ideas that could be presented and sold to the public on their merits. Rick Santorum using the presidency to advance Catholocism is something I wouldn't support simply because his supporters smear Ms. Clinton.

    July 22, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. quinLee

    'Stop Hillary'??? What about 'Stop being the STUPID party' or 'Start pitching in' to help fix some of the crap you sit back and complain about every chance you get. The GOP has become a loud and distracting side show with no worth.

    July 22, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Walter

    Stop her from what? An election over three years away? Good grief, let's at least wait another year and see what's going on then. Until then, let's focus on the mess our economy is now.

    July 22, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Donnie the Lion

    If you oppose every great American ideal upon which the framework of our country was built – by all means, start your own "Stop Hillary" group or join an existing one.

    Plenty of brown shirts still available!

    July 22, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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