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.

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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. Erlo

    Remember when the GOP tried to do the same thing last election? Yea, again, the smarter masses will not be fooled.

    July 22, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Emmett O'Riley

    Politics in this great country has always been a circus and the goptp can't do anything but drive the clown car.

    July 22, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. bill paish

    sounds like the GOP , the party of "NO". NO healthcare for the poor, NO unemployment, NO adequate minimum wage, NO to ANYTHING the President puts forth, NO taxes for the rich, NO to working Americans

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

    How quickly everyone forgets the "vast right-wing conspiracy against my husband" when it indeed was not...

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

    Everytime she makes a speech have a group chat,"Benghazi,What difference does it make"?

    July 22, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. greg

    Their actions are going to cause a reaction of the likes which we have never seen before. There is nothing like motivating the opposition than starting a government certified hate group in the form of a PAC.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. LMIH

    I find this behaviour deplorable. Doesn't this senator have anything meaningful to contribute to his country? Has he not left the third grade? This kind of immature, schoolyard tactic only helps to bring down democracy.

    Ted Harvey and everyone else involved in this stupid PAC should be ashamed of themselves.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. John

    @NorCalMojo–" We need to choose on ability this time"

    First you need to be able to recognize it, and put it out there as a candidate. Another McCain/Palin will yield the same result as last time. GOP is already running scared. Stop Hilllary? You'll need to start your candidate and platform, and a status quo platform will crash and burn. The short list of possible GOP candidates to date, stands a proverbial snowball's chance in a warm place.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Scott A

    Too bad a group to stop Obama couldn't have been organized about seven years ago. We wouldn't be as bad off now if he hadn't been elected.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Edwin

    As best I see it, this sort of publicity only helps Clinton. Ironic, really.

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

    Hillary? The woman who couldn't or wouldn't try to help four Americans in Benghazi?! What would she do to the whole country?

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

    Reasons why Hillary might not be the candidate:
    1) Hillary is Obama – supports the same progressive liberal agenda.
    2) The Benghazi murders – Hillary bungled the security issue, and bungled the administration's coverup of the security bungle.
    3) Hillary basically hung up, when she got the so-called "3 am " crisis phone call regarding Benghazi.

    July 22, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Giodot

    "What does it matter, anyway"?

    July 22, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Evelyn Connaway

    If Hillary decides to run – the majority of the citizens will help her win. Especially the women of this country, who the republican's fight against, along with all the poor, middle class and disenfranchised. And she will win!

    July 22, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. shante's mom

    This is a perfect example of how low they will go. They think this will help them but it won't! They are ready to attack, smear and obliterate anything whether it is good for our country or not. Keep it up Repubs, you will never see the white house again if this is the only way you know how to operate. We can see right through it and find you do not have anything better to offer but distasteful actions. That is not the way to win the hearts and minds of good Americans.

    July 22, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Erin E

    Yes Harvey, please stop any good this woman could possibly bring into our country. God forbid a democrat or a woman for that matter make our country a better place.

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

    I invested $1k in something I knew nothing about and turned it into $100k in ten months.
    Then, having proven my skills as the most prescient investor of all time, I took my money and walked away, never to try it again.

    If you believe that, you deserve the Mexican-style corrupt government you're going to get. Enjoy!

    July 22, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Hoot4RE

    Isn't it Interesting how Democrats are PUSHING for Hillary for President on 2016, without ANY regard for how the current, sitting Democratic VP, Joe Biden, might feel about it.

    July 22, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Mel Stricker

    All the conservatives are doing is build more of a case that they do not deserve to be elected to any office. They are so paranoid that the conservative feel, that 3 years before the election, they need to mount some effort towards the only opposition candidate that speculation suggests might run for president.

    My God these people are certifiably insane.

    July 22, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Rosa, b'ham al

    These people are going to spend a lot of their money preaching to the choir. I doubt they will get many converts. Maybe that's the point but then again, didn't they see how that worked out for them in 2010?

    July 22, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Prorkba

    Clinton got her 3 am phone call from Benghazi. And, she failed ignominiously. America can take no more of her kinds of policies. Not now.. Not ever!

    July 22, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. ST

    Someone who called you a STUPID Party was quite right. Now its in your mind that you will follow Hillary whenever she will go! That is an old fashion thing to do. Will your following her up be faster than twitter, or internet, or what is seen daily on TV?. Can you please stop that nonsense, go with time and come up with something new which can sway people to vote for you. If you have nothing new, admit it and let her sit at that all over white building.

    July 22, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Rosa, b'ham al

    I meant 2012!

    July 22, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Robert Stuart

    I do not want another Clinton or another Bush in the WH for the rest of my life. That goes for Chelsea, Jeb and his son Peter too. Go away.

    July 22, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Krusatyr

    No worry stoppin the ogress: just need the blood of 4 valiant Americans, a bucket of grog and a tile floor to head bang.

    July 22, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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