Conservative group continues to pile money into anti-Obamacare ads
November 7th, 2013
11:06 AM ET
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Conservative group continues to pile money into anti-Obamacare ads

(CNN) - Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity's anti-Obamacare efforts have now topped $7.6 million in spending over the last few weeks with Thursday's announcement of a new $1.7 million ad buy.

According to a release, the ad buy marks the group's third wave of TV, radio and web ads going after the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. As the ads have done in the past, the new round will applaud lawmakers who've opposed the law and blast those who've supported it.

Most recently, AFP launched an even larger buy late last month of $2 million that went after vulnerable Democratic Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

This time, Republican Reps. Joe Heck of Nevada and Dan Benishek of Michigan will be getting praise while Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and Nick Rahall of West Virginia will be getting criticism.

Both Kirkpatrick and Rahall face challenging reelection bids in next year's midterms.

"Amid a disastrous and inept rollout, it's important to remember that some politicians did what they could to stop ObamaCare, while others did whatever it took to shove the law down our throats," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement.

"Heading into 2014, we want to be sure Americans understand the true negative impact of the law. A failing website is just the tip of the iceberg; less choice, higher premiums, and lost coverage will be the legacy of ObamaCare."

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

The Republican ads focus on Heck and Benishek's longstanding opposition to the health care law and ask voters to call and urge them to keep fighting.

"Dan Benishek understands. He's fought against Obamacare from the very start," says the announcer in the ad supporting the Michigan Republican.

"He knows healthcare reform needs to be reformed. But Joe Heck knew Obamacare was a bad deal from the start," says the announcer for the second-term Representative's ad.

The ads targeting the two Democrats take ominous tones about the individuals forced from their health plans and blast the so-called "exemption" granted members of Congress in the form of an insurance subsidy.

"It is not perfect. It was a step," Kirkpatrick says in an excerpted interview used for her attack ad. The step was one in the wrong direction, the ad admonishes.

Rahall in turn is quoted saying Obamacare "was the best we can do," which the ad says is not enough.

Obamacare has long been conservatives' favorite punching bag, a bag grown ever more tattered with the disastrous rollout of the online exchanges. The Obama administration has vowed the website will be fixed by the end of November.

Filed under: Ann Kirkpatrick • Health care • Nick Rahall • Obamacare
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    CNN/MSM continues to ignore officials reporting that the website can now process 17,000 applications per hour. "That horse ain't dead until I say it's dead."

    November 7, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Data Driven

    And while conservatives wage a successful messaging war, what are Dem leaders doing? Crawling to Obama and begging him to support a delay in the individual mandate.

    November 7, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. cumulus

    I can't remember the last time a Republican ran on his or her merits, every ad is all about making the other guy look bad, not once can they claim to have passed legislation that helped people, how far can you get with nothing to offer than the other guys bad? Why can't they tout their accomplishments, there aren't any, unless of course perverting the voting process counts

    November 7, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, look. Americans for Prosperity (aka Koch Brothers) is on the move. Once again, I'd like to send a shout out to Coralville, Iowa for sending these two billionaires packing.

    November 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    On another note, you've got to love the doom and gloom background. TeaPerville. Where the sun never shines.

    November 7, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, and now going crazy. Very pathetic. glitch is fixable, google, red hat, oracle are fixing this glitch. ACA is a Law. GOP and teatrolls are pretty much gone to dogs.

    November 7, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. cumulus

    What about the lies told on the 60 minutes article on benghazi? Why isn't Issa getting to the bottom of that, the guy obviously lied, should he not be dragged back in so we can learn the truth?

    November 7, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. O'drama ya Mama

    Its crazy how Republicans can call Obama a "campaigner-in-chief" when have been putting out ads to defeat a law that has been the law for 3 years already.

    November 7, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Thomas

    What dose Americans for Prosperity have to offer ?

    If you don't have any new ideas , I guess you do the same thing , " Obstruct " .

    Jim DeMint , Green Eggs An Ham ?

    November 7, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Hooper

    Shame some of this money couldn't be spent on tangible things. Like healthcare, food, the ever expanding national debt.
    Instead it gets squandered on political discourse and media time.

    November 7, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Some folks are trying really hard to keep people from getting health care.

    November 7, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    LOL – well, to be perfectly honest, I don't know whether I should feel sorry for those 15 Democrats that are going to be up for re-election or not.....LOL
    when they go back to their districts – they are going to listen to an ear full. LOL –
    no wonder they are wanting to delay the aca – can't blame them....
    oh well, IT IS, what IT IS ....

    November 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Denise

    What was the return on Koch brother investments from last general election cycle? NADA!

    November 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Denise

    If at first you don't succeed, say

    November 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Hector Slagg

    It is totally amazing to me that the Liberal's and Democrats rip the Conservatives and Republican's to shreds on one side of the coin and then want the Republican's and Conservatives to pay huge amounts taxes to fund all the peasants. . It is no wonder the Conservatives park most of their money off shore where the peasants can't steal it. Why some of you think young people will sign up for Obama Care and every thing will be fine. Anyone that believes that I have a Bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell them. The National Debt is more than 17 Trillion now because the Liberal's blew it all. Better wise up.

    November 7, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    I do not give darn hoot at Benghazi–it is not USA. Period.

    November 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Larry in Houston

    """the website can now process 17,000 applications per hour"""

    LOL – only 17K ???? LOL

    let me give you a little bit of knowledge on the population in the U.S.
    how about 315 MILLION in population......
    that ACA thing (website) needs to be at least, at the very Minimum, "accepting" a whole lot more than only 17 thousand per about 17K per minute ??? or every 30 seconds ???

    November 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. jinx9to88

    What a waste of money!! Yet these large donors are probably corporations that say they don't have money to raise the minimum wage.

    November 7, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    And while conservatives wage a successful messaging war, what are Dem leaders doing? Crawling to Obama and begging him to support a delay in the individual mandate.
    Heh heh heh... yeah. LOVE IT. And when it doesn't get delayed (and it won't), the GOP has custom made ads just sitting there for them. Yes, indded – "In 2009, Politician X voted for Obamacare. In 2013, Politican X begged Obama to hamstring it. Which Politician X do you think you're voting for in 2014?". Priceless.

    November 7, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    And Larry,IT IS a conservative plan. Why is it that another GOP witch hunt is under way in DC over the rollout of the ACA website, with the GOP whining about folks not being able to sign up for the VERY legislation they've tried to REPEAL 42 times?? hypocrisy much??

    November 7, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. jinx9to88

    Koch brothers are worth 64 BILLION dollars but pay the employees $7.25 an hour, enough said!!!

    November 7, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. The Elephant in The Room

    American exceptionalism means that we don't allow people to die in the streets. Being an American citizen means that your basic standard of living is higher than in 2nd world & 3rd world couintries.
    American exceptionalism means that when we providew health/medical treatment to uninsured Americans, we find a better, more efficient way to do it other than tthem showing up in hospital emergency rooms for inflated-cost-care.
    With this foundation, I'd like to hear these conservatives tell me what their plan is for American exceptionalism as it pertains to the healthcare? A sufficient answer to this question will be required before theyJll get my vote.

    November 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Denise

    Peasants? Look no further to the tea party/GOP voting bloc residing in red states!

    November 7, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. jinx9to88

    @ hector slagg
    The National Debt is more than 17 Trillion now because the Liberal's blew it all. Better wise up.


    I wonder who said "deficits don't matter" ummmmm let me see, oh I know DICK CHENEY, Bush's buddy. There is a word real people use for people like you and its called Hypocrite.

    November 7, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Denise

    Don't you love the faces of the GOP/tea party crowd? Angry, white, rich ole guys like the Koch brothers, fools like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, on the fence Marco Rubio, Boss Hogg, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, and on and on and on....It brings back the good ole days when Ken Starr, Linda Tripp and Dan Watermelon Burton was all they had. KARMA is a great thing too! They impeached big dog, Bill, yet not one BUT two of their house leaders had to resign in disgrace because of their cheatin hearts!

    November 7, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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