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. Agnostickids

    Nice. Typical republican tactics. Don't care what platform a candidate is running on, what good they might do...just care about putting the most corrupt party in history in power. Well, you'll see, come 2014, that everyone, besides your smallest sheep out there, see your despicable natures and say NO MORE.

    July 22, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. the rev al

    The composition of the commenters here is an indication of who follows CNN......which is clearly a bunch of liberals. First of all, Hillary is loved by the media. Many in the press have shown unrestrained glee and excitement at the mere thought of HIllary being president. This PAC group which opposes her, is simply trying to provide some balance to the media who will fawn all over Hillary just as they have Obama.

    After all.....the prospect of the first liberal woman president following the first black president is an exciting one for our overwhelmingly liberal media news sources such as CNN, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, AP, The New York Times and other liberal fellow travelers in the media.

    July 22, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. GT

    The best way to stop Hilary, or any other Democrat is for the Republicans to nominate a strong candidate of their own...why don't they try that for a change ?

    July 22, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Ken Jim Burt

    My God this is pathetic. What does this teach our children? Oppose no matter what for the sake of opposing. If Hillary says it's a lovely day you counter that it is not a lovely day regardless of the fact that it is sunny, clear, warm, birds are singing. Go ahead kids, be mean whether or not you actually have a reason to and dedicate all your time and energy to being confrontational. I weep for humanity.

    July 22, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. bcw

    That's clear that the only interest in the GOP party, Federal or State, is to NOT working on improving the qaulity of life of all Americans, except the rich 1%. If the Republicans do not want to work, Voters please kick them out of the office in your state and in the US congress in 2014 and 2016. They again and again proof to us that they focus on the wrong agenda. GOP – the party of NO and DO NOTHING to create jobs. They only want to own all women's virginas by taking away women's rights to their bodies.

    July 22, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Doubtful

    Obama beat out Hillary – what makes us think that Hillary is a shoe-in in 2016? There will be other competition from within the ranks of the Democrats...

    July 22, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    The Dems will lose the presidency if they nominate Hillary. They will probably lose it anyway, but a Hillary candidacy will guarantee that we will have a Repug for president in 2016.

    July 22, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. broishina

    If the success record is any indication Garrett Marquis can quit now....

    July 22, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Merican

    I will support this group, Hillary is a cancer that would only continue to eat away this country.

    July 22, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. eric stanway

    You want to stop Hillary? Fine. Get someone better. Oh, wait, the repubs have nothing in the way of ideas of how to improve the country. Just more stupidity.

    July 22, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. rrr

    SHE CAN'T BE STOPPED !! President Hillary.....has a nice ring.

    July 22, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Mark

    The only thing good in her is that she is not Obama, but she still is a Liberal Socialist, and I have no use for them.

    July 22, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. NoJanie

    Hillary had her chance in 2008 and the media took it away from her and shoved BHO down our throats. She will be 69 years old in 2016 and 73 at the end of a first term. But, what difference does it make????

    July 22, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Eric

    Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016. She will defeat the thin-skinned Andrew Cuomo in the primaries. Chris Christie, who might have beaten her in the election, will lose in the primary to a young extremist conservative, who will likely nominate a minority female running mate. It won't be enough. In the battle for the center, Clinton will prevail, and will become the first female President. But not before a mountain of dirty politics is dumped on her. The House will remain in Republican control, due to gerrymandering of the districts, even though the majority of Americans will have voted for Democrats. The Senate will be a toss-up, with unlimited spending by conservative interests having an effect.

    July 22, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. pkrbkr3

    The Republican party is becoming a laughinstock. In Congress they do nothing. Outside in the real world they only run smear campaigns. They are doomed for many elections but can't seem to understand that the American population is changing. They can smear Hillary or any other viable candidate but if they point the finger at anyone it should be themselves. Shame on them all!

    July 22, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. parvo00

    Sounds pretty pathetic.

    I mean, you know someone feels threatened when they feel it necessary to make a preemptive strike, especially SO early.

    And let's face it, the only argument they're going to trot out, time and time again, is Benghazi. That'll be the crux of their entire opposition, when we all know it's actually rooted in paranoia and a sense of vulnerability (probably mixed with a good dose of misogyny for good measure).

    July 22, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. aspblom

    How did Obama's team successfully stop Hillary? He won no popular primary votes after the population discovered his lies about the Rev. Wright.

    July 22, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Fantum2

    It is important that the American voter be aware of the many things that Hillary has been a part of, starting with her unlimited ambition that overrules everything else, including honesty. Go back to all of those things that the media was willing to overlook because of who she was, including her cattle futures bonanza, her firing of the travel office, some dead guy named Foster, an association with Obama, and ending with Libya. Just the truth,and nothing but the truth.

    July 22, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Dave Rogers

    I don't see how Hillary would be any different than anyone... It's not like the US government changes from election to election. One thing, I would like to see the next President be a Republican just to see Democrats become suspicious of government again.

    It was amusing to see Republicans become anti war... may as well get some amusement from the Democrats too.

    Of course, with a Republican President, it will always be fun to read that it's treasonous to criticize a sitting president in time of war... That one is coming back..

    July 22, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. metre

    Ah yes, since you can not, or will not, come up with a candidate that is better than former Secretary of State/Senator/First Lady Hillary Clinton for President of The United States of America by ALL MEANS create an outlandish, nonsensical, distraction to that fact by jumping up and down, screaming, and ranting instead. THAT will show the American voters just how mature and serious you are about getting the country back to being the 'greatest nation on earth"!

    July 22, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. WV Gleeman

    Clinton running or not running is a win both ways. I'm not very fond of this "family president" theme with the Bush's and Clinton's though. Even if she doesn't run it means all this energy and money will be wasted and if she does the same. To those who think she is a weak candidate you are reading the wrong news. Not sure what news isn't liberal anymore but if you think Fox is the only news program without a slant you are in for some disappointing politics in the road ahead.

    July 22, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. unretred05

    Hey we're a PAC, listen to our rhetoric, send us money, let us massage your fears, watch us laugh all the way to the bank.

    July 22, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. D

    Republican strategy: when you don't have a platform to run on your own, just attack the opposition! I love the Repubs... they are kind of like the Monty Python cast – funny in a clownish way.

    July 22, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. broishina

    @Agnostickids
    Republicans can't putt the most corrupt party in office- it is already there , and frankly BOTH Clintons were up to their eyeballs in scandals...only to be outdone by Obama...get the wax out and take blinders off....

    July 22, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Tom

    So some special interest group funded by the GOP is already starting a smear campaign to Stop Hillary from running. The GOP is worried already.... thats too funny.

    July 22, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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