March 23rd, 2010
07:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Pro-Obama groups plot $5 million in health care ads

Washington (CNN) - Several pro-Obama groups are rolling out $5 million in television ads this week thanking Democrats in 40 House districts across the country for supporting the historic health care reform that President Obama signed into law, CNN has learned.

Three Democratic officials told CNN the ads will thank Democrats like Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia and Bobby Etheridge in North Carolina, who serve in tough swing districts and have been under heavy pressure from anti-reform groups from the business community and elsewhere.

The Democratic officials say the ads are aimed at providing the political cover that Obama and his top aides promised lawmakers in the final stages of the lobbying effort to get the legislation through the House on Sunday night.

The ads will be funded by several groups including the Democratic National Committee, the Obama-affiliated grassroots group housed at the DNC: Organizing for America, and labor unions like AFSCME and SEIU. Catholics United, an abortion rights that supported the health care reform effort, is also involved in the coalition.

The Democratic officials are vowing this will only be phase one of a sustained campaign between now and the midterm elections in November to support endangered incumbents who supported the president's top domestic priority.

Filed under: Democrats • Health care • House • Political ads • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Waste of Money

    Just another example of money either being wasted on Obama or by Obama.

    Besides, if they are so sure of their decision that the bill was the right thing to do, they just need to say that and then walk away from the argument.

    March 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Can we spell propaganda????

    The People are much smarter than elitist Liberals give them credit!

    Don't be fooled Folks. All the planned Obozocare hype is ONLY designed to save this sorry lot of Liberal Democrats up for re-election in November. Nothing more!!!!

    March 23, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    For this to be such a wonderful bill, the democrats sure spent a ton of time and money selling it to people who apparently still don't want it. Now they're going to try to save the jobs of people who voted for it. Ads sponsored by labor unions. "Vote for our candidate, or we'll break your legs (sponsored by the SEIU... who will break your legs if you don't vote for their candidate)."

    March 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Perusing-through

    Fight Democrats, Fight!

    March 23, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. Ridgeway

    I think "plot" is an excellent choice of words when comes to anything Obama is involved in. Yeah, plot. That's an excellent term to apply to criminals and conspirators.

    March 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Preston kathy

    Go get them the gop only under stands threats

    March 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Brian L

    God bless them!

    March 23, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Ted

    Too all the folks who don't have health care – get a job and start paying your own way. Only a true loser would look to the rest of us to pay their pay. If you have a job and don't get health insurance, then upgrade your skills to a better job instead of being laze.

    I'm so sick of the irresponsible people who think the rest of us should carry them. Its just un-American.

    March 23, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Susan Chalfin

    I love your use of the word "plot." Very objective, guys. How about "plan."

    March 23, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. TCM

    If the plan's so great for the country, and will help us all...according to Obama and the liberal thugs...then why spend $5mil to try and continue to convince us that they know best? Are they trying to convince themselves that it's good? If this plan truly helped the American people, there would be no need for "advertising,' obama's agenda....the whole world, especially England and Canada knows that this program along with socialism sucks.....soon, despite how inept they are to absorb reality, liberals will realize it to.

    March 23, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Obama the Socialist Liar

    i know they will list the bribes and promises that the socialist-in-chief promised--Chicago/Markcist Politics.

    March 23, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Jerry - Florida

    The truth shall set us free!!!

    March 23, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. Courtney Anne

    As an american born citizen, I want to thank these groups for their support. President Obama did the right thing. I'm appalled at the behavior of the Republican and tea party groups during the health care debate.

    Courtney from Ft.Myers, FL

    March 23, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    It's vitally important to get out the message fast and often on all the benefits average Americans and businesses will get from the health care reform bill.

    Because we know that the Republicans will spend every last dime they can on lying to the American public, as part of their efforts to regain power.

    And think about this, folks: America voted for President Obama because we were all sick and tired of the GOP and their idiotic, failed economic, military and foreign policies.

    Why on earth would you ever vote for a Republican? Especially since they have absolutely NO NEW IDEAS?!?

    March 23, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Denna

    I think there should be a way for the right-minded people in this country to donate to the ones who cooperated on behalf of the people who cared enough to pass this bill. Thank you , thank all of you. I would like to offer a bouquet of skunk cabbage to the GOP.

    March 23, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    Nothing like the 'Pro-Obama' groups throwing their money away.

    March 23, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. jojomcgee

    The Radicals can paint this pile of crap any color they wish, but it is still a pile of crap. With the aroma of a Kennedy.

    March 23, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. T"SAH from Virginia

    This is great!!! Thanks!

    March 23, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Albo58

    No matter how much these thieves spend on advertising, they will NOT fool the American taxpayers! We are tired of your entitlement and welfare programs that only enslave the uneducated, the poor, and the unmotivated citizens of our country, not to mention the non-American, illegal immigrants that also become addicted to Uncle Sugar's social programs! Freedom isn't free and the price of it has gone up dramatically under this administration and its drones in the Congress!

    March 23, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Steve Lyons

    I'd rather they pay my premiums with all that money. Now that would be the charitable thing to do.

    March 23, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    5 million? Laughable! Insurance corporations and their republican puppets spent that much each week for the past year and a half! Guess which side is ahead! The one that bribed more!

    March 23, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |