July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 years 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. onlyfacts

    "Were supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary". In the good ole days campaigns tried to persuade voters to vote their way with subtle mis truths. These clowns are flat out saying their just going to lie about everything. I guess they haven't seen Mitch McConnell polling numbers lately!

    July 22, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  2. Call Me Switters

    Here's the whole quote:

    "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime."

    July 22, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  3. Warren

    Please tell me these groups are not TAX EXEMPT......

    July 22, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  4. Tigas

    Time to call in favors:
    – Have the IRS eliminate Stop Hillary PAC's tax exempt status and tie them up in audits that will last decades
    – Have the NSA hit them to find any incriminating evidence
    Game. Set. Match.

    July 22, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  5. S. B. Stein

    I don't know why this is starting so early. These people should be out and in the open about who they are and give real answers as to why they don't think she is qualified to be president. At this point, they don't have a legitimate leg to stand on because she hasn't even declared she is running.

    July 22, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. Moonraker

    HAHA, the GOP fear Hillary! Love it.

    July 22, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. Ed2

    Hmmm. Not a single policy stance, foreign relations position or recommendation of any substance in the service of the country or its citizens. How very Republican.

    July 22, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. Jeremy

    Conservative really are deplorable.

    July 22, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  9. MagicPanties

    Not a surprise. It is, after all, the party of NO. They have nothing new or positive to offer.

    July 22, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Person

    I wish the Party of No would put this effort into earning their own votes instead of beating up on others.

    July 22, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Rob

    Attacking Clinton is a noble cause and easy target...but what is the GOP doing to reinvent itself after its dismal performance last election?? It needs to reexamine its position on same sex relationships, abortion, less religion and be more inclusive with moderates from all races to win.

    July 22, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. Thomas

    “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.

    Mitt Romney , I'm A Looser Baby.

    July 22, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  13. James Poster

    Word is that the Democrats would create a similar PAC to take down the GOP's best candidate for 2016, but nobody has a clue who that might be, including the GOP.

    July 22, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. racegirl1

    I feel for you that have such hate in your supposed christian soul. On the day you have to answer for your actions what can you say to excuse yourselves. NOTHING!!

    July 22, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. James Poster

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” he said.

    Great, GOP versus Obama all over again. They don't care what is right or what is best for Americans. They will take the entire country down just so that Hilary doesn't win. Clearly they hate blacks and women a tad too much.

    July 22, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. Capn Kirk

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” he said.

    This passes for politics? Really?!

    July 22, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. TomInRochNY

    Several thousand RINOs? No problem. One woman working for the American people. Now who's scared!

    July 22, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  18. maximusvad

    The GOP can't make any of their candidates look good....so Demonization of the other candidate is the best they have to offer.

    July 22, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. Ken

    With the traitorous act of Benghazi, I am astounded that 'anyone' would even consider her. She should have been brought to trial quickly. And her brazen question about it saying "what does it matter?" Hillary they were there serving you, serving us, and were killed by a traitorous act. Deserted to the enemy, including the Ambassador and Seals. It will not go away Ms Hillary. And then a chopper full of seals was shot down, perhaps by treason that took out Osama. IF he was indeed taken out. What you did may be slicked over by the Socialist protectors of you, but you still stand before God one day. There a lie will not work. Deception is impossible. What then?

    July 22, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. LastSaneMan

    Seems rather pathetic to me. Instead of campaigning on their own merit, the GOP opts to run down their opponent.

    July 22, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  21. Colleen

    Instead of trying to "stop Hilary," it would be more productive for these conservative groups to work on finding and promoting a candidate that could actually be worth one's salt. A candidate with a positive message, someone who could get things done, and as a result, could maybe just become President in 2016!
    That's my advice, anyway.

    July 22, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  22. Nathan

    Haha good luck with that. Have you all seen the polls? And who is your candidate? Pathetic.

    July 22, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  23. Uncle Rufus

    This old hack belongs in prison, not public office. But then again, the same could be said for many Demonrats.

    July 22, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. rainwash

    Hillary quit as Secretary of State.

    As the Liberals liked to say, "A quitter will NEVER be President."

    July 22, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. havamom

    Another group of men beating up on the woman candidate!!!!!!! Love it when history repeats itself in my favor.... Please make noise – gives Ms. Clinton more press.......

    July 22, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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