Conservative group launching $2 million anti-Obamacare ad series
October 29th, 2013
11:23 AM ET
6 months ago

Conservative group launching $2 million anti-Obamacare ad series

Updated 10/29/2013 at 4:42pm

(CNN) – Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity plans to launch a significant ad buy against a pair of vulnerable Senate Democrats over their stance on Obamacare.

According to a statement Tuesday, the group says it will spend over $2 million on a series of TV, radio and web ads going after Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

Both women face difficult re-election campaigns in conservative-leaning states.

AFP says $1.7 million will be spent against Hagan in North Carolina and more than $500,000 will be used to go after Landrieu in Louisiana. The ads are primarily meant for mothers, the decision-makers of the family, the group said in the statement.

"Kay Hagan just doesn't get it," claims the narrator in an ad going after the North Carolina Democrat. "Instead of listening to North Carolina, Hagan continues to push for Obamacare," it charges, going after the subsidies granted to members of Congress and their staff by the Obama administration.

The ad attacking Landrieu admonishes that voters didn't want the law she supported. "Now, we are paying the price," it says.

"For millions of Americans, Obamacare has meant less choice, higher premiums, and the cancellation of health care plans they were promised they could keep," AFP President Tim Phillips said in the statement.

"And what has been the response from some of these lawmakers? Doubling down on a bad law, but making sure to give special treatment for themselves and political allies under the law. Our job is to hold them accountable for that."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said they weren't worried by AFP's attack ads.

"It's no surprise that the same special interest groups that dictate a reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda have launched desperate and false attack ads in an attempt to prop up their struggling candidates in North Carolina and Louisiana," DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky said in a statement.

"No amount of special interest smears will change the fact that both Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan have strong records of working across the aisle and fighting for middle class families and small businesses in their states."

This is not the first time AFP has gone after vulnerable Democrats over the health care law, nor is it likely to be the last. Last week, the group launched ads praising two House Republicans who opposed Obamacare and condemning two House Democrats who supported it.

Americans for Prosperity is partially funded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, who have spent millions of dollars to back conservative causes and candidates.

Politico first reported on the AFP ad buy.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Donna wrote:

    Thank you for revealing what we have known all along. Rudy, Sniffit and the whole lot of Democrats.... old school commies! The Democrat Party needs to come out of their commie closest and be honest with the American people about yet who they are and what their goals are. Namely the destruction of this great nation the same way commuinism destroyed the old Soviet Union.
    ---------------
    You must not have understood my post. It is plain English, after all. By the way, communism didn't destroy the old Soviet Union. Communism is what gave birth to the Soviet Union. Marx knew that his dream of Imperial Capitalism wouldn't be accepted by average Russians, who would be at the bottom of the economic ladder. Marx envied the capitalist powers of western Europe, the globe spanning British Empire, in particular.

    He knew that "social order" would have to be maintained through military force, which he quickly realized could be achieved through communism. However, it was the goal of a global economic empire that provided the spark. In the end, it was the same drive to have a global empire that caused the old Soviet Union to economically collaspe under the weight of its' own military. It was a trap that Pres. Eisenhower had warned America not to fall into, but the right wing is running quickly toward it.

    October 29, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. just asking

    why aren't democrats proud of obamacare and out their bragging about how darn good it is??? why are they running away from it and pretending they didn't force it down our throats??? where are all of the tv ads of obama and the democrat senators and house members that voted for it???

    come democrats, step forward and announce to the country how great obamacare is and that you would do it all again the the american people. yes, you promise to continue to jam the very same types of laws down the throat of the american people. come on, tell the american people the truth for once.

    October 29, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. DannyTV

    I'm saving all my rotten tomatoes for the next republican congressman I meet. I hope they are wearing white.

    October 29, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Pam from Iowa

    Americans for Prosperity need to go crawl back into that hole they crawled out of!

    October 29, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    Come on people of Louisiana and North Carolina!
    Are you going to allow the Koch brothers to control your elections?????

    October 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    P.S.-See New Testament James 3,1-12.

    October 29, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "While the RWNJs are decrying that they have to pay for birth control pills, I do not hear women complaing about having to pay for the old geezers Flomax or Viagra. Wingnuts always want something for nothing."

    Indeed...and it usually rises no further than them thinking with their genitals or the intellectual equivalent.

    October 29, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. President Messiah Darkness

    If you think Obamacare is a disaster now, just imagine if I had implemented every single provision as passed by my fellow Democrats. I have played games to keep the train wreck down but there is only so much law breaking I can do. There is still a whole lotta pain to endure America so my advice to you is to just STFU and take it like a man. The pain and suffering is just beginning.

    October 29, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Thank you for revealing what we have known all along. Rudy, Sniffit and the whole lot of Democrats.... old school commies! The Democrat Party needs to come out of their commie closest and be honest with the American people about yet who they are and what their goals are. Namely the destruction of this great nation the same way commuinism destroyed the old Soviet Union."

    Yeah! OMG!!! Reading books in order to understand things so we don't look like uninformed jackholes who have no idea what they're talking about is sooooo commy!!! We should find a way to dump all our knowledge so we can sound just like you!!!!

    October 29, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "all i know is that people from around the world come to the usa, not france, not italy, to get their medical treatment when their life is on the line."

    Having the best medical centers and specialists for certain things is only a very small piece of the puzzle, Captain Dimbulb. That the richest people in the world seek out those specialists when they have a problem is not evidence that our entire health insurance and medical system in this country is top notch. Perhaps you should follow suit though and seek out a specialist to help you with your derpitude.

    October 29, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Are you patterning yourself after lovely right wing babes like Coulter?"

    Coulter is female?

    October 29, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Denise

    Koch brothers anyone? The more money these clowns spend, the more out of touch they become and more elections to lose. Ask Newt Gingrich about his return on investment for last cycle.

    October 29, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and who knows what rubbish goes into those rankings?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Another poll's got you down just sprayin'?
    "oh yeah, france has a top income tax rate of 75%. i suppose you want that here as well? or is it 90%?"
    You're all over the place with this one.
    Obamacare, polls, taxes and bears. Oh my!

    October 29, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Lolo

    These people just don't quit do they? Still whining about Obamacare (AKA-ACA). They don't even realize that the two are one and the same. They just don't want the name Obama attached to it so they can erase his presidency out of the history books. I am still waiting for the jobs bill they promised in the 2010 mid-term election. Nothing yet, but their sheep are okay with it, so long as they can keep bashing President Obama about mundane problems. The GOP does nothing but waste money period.

    October 29, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity
    Rick Renzi, R-Ariz,
    Federal corruption charges.extortion, bribery, INSURANCE FRAUD, money laundering and racketeering .

    We must stop ObamaCare , Don't let ObamaCare make it harder for hard working republicans to commit fraud !

    October 29, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Thomas

    just saying , Donna , Joe Wilson

    What names do you post under over at Fox ?

    October 29, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Obamacare, polls, taxes and bears. Oh my!"

    Don't forget the most terrifying of all....brown people voting!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    Bunch of idiots. Nothing more than that. Root out GOP thugs in2014.

    October 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    President M ... – Cruz's daddy has called Teddy the Messiah. Isn't it nice that you bigotsget to come out of the Kloset?

    October 29, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. just asking

    so where are all the ads from the democrat party telling the american people how lucky they are to have obamacare???

    come on democrats, can't get anybody to make those joke commericials? maybe the people over at snl can help you out? even they are now banging on this train wreck every saturday night.

    come on democrats.... please come forward with more lies to the american people. seal your fate in 2014 & 2016 for good!

    October 29, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Evergreen

    These same people have no problem sending young people off to die in their seach for oil profits. But young people ahaving access to healthcare is the work of satan. The healthier people are as they age, the less it costs later own.

    October 29, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. President Messiah Darkness

    Loook America, if I hadn't delayed the employer mandate, the economy would have been shedding jobs left and right. Millions of people being shifted to jobs of less than 30 hours. Now I get to delay that beyond the next election to further decieve you and hide the full pain and suffering Obamacare will bring.

    Please stop fighting my fundamental transformation of America. I know what is best for you and your family. Part jobs, no job and expensive healthcare where *I* decide what you must pay for. And if you love Obamacare as I know you all will, just wait until I jam immigration "reform" and my green agenda down your throats. So remember, vote for those Democrats in 2014 and 2016 because without them, I won't be able to force more of this down your throats.

    October 29, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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