July 22nd, 2013
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‘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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  1. Reggie from LA

    Hmm. Reminds me of the "GrassRoots" Tea Party (Can't believe I put those 2 ideas in the same sentence. We know the Kochs financed them and Armey then puppeteered them). You ever wonder where those great, brand new buses came from? Wonder no more. "AJ" says "professional hecklers". Well said, and I agree. Pathetic and getting older by the minute. People aren't buying into that foolishness any more. Go on. Bring it!!

    July 22, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Jay

    What time is it? It's Hillary's time!!!

    July 22, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. comeblowyourhorn

    Its VERY important that hillary be kept out of the WH. She is a congenital liar and cannot be trusted. She did so many dirty deeds the last time she lived in the WH that she is unfit to be president. Also she has had NO accomplishments in any of her jobs on the public dole. She's a phony !!!

    July 22, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Larry L

    These efforts certainly make me turn my attention towards Secretary Clinton's election. If the neo-cons are so afraid of her they are gathering around their burning crosses now – she must be a great choice!

    July 22, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Caiha

    American politics as usual.

    July 22, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. pprty

    Conservatives/Republicans: Are you so accustomed to paying someone to do your work FOR YOU, that you can't do anything for yourselves? By your actions you are giving the impression that you can't/won't come up with anything yourselves, so you are reduced to attacking the other side. Your hate and jealousy is obvious on all of your faces, in your tone of voice, in your scramble to try to "be somebody".

    July 22, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. us_1776

    The GOP SUICIDE continues....


    July 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. telin' it like it is

    Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of dead people in her wake every place she goes. We do know one thing. That the 3am phone call her ads talked about DID come, and it came from Benghalzi, and both her and Obama were too busy to answer it.

    Obama couldn't be bothered to interrupt his campaign fund raising activities and Hillary Clinton knew she got caught with her pants suits down on the anniversary of 9/11 and people were dead because of it.

    July 22, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. civility

    Hey GOP, how about asking Mike Bloomberg? He will need a job then (ahem) and he alone could take on the Clintons, with gusto, with amusement, ...successfully. He would enjoy it, and oh, what a show for the people !

    July 22, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. R S Stewart

    Whitewater. Selling short. Ignoring subpeanas by a Federal court. Benghazi. Each of these and more demonstrate extreme graft or extreme incompetance. And there are really people stupid enough to want her for President?

    July 22, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Al Peaston

    "The lengthy list of scandals and possible criminal activity aside, what accomplishments does she bring to the table? Oh yeah–voting to go to war in Iraq as a senator. That, and she married an equally scandalous criminal: "Slick Willie"

    And yet.... after 20 years of investigations of the Clintons, the only thing they ever uncovered was his extramarital affair... YEAH, dire criminal, both of them!
    I just love the way the GOP goes after Hillary – they don't see it that it pretty much guarantees her win!

    July 22, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Meyer C. Dhoates

    These people must be really scared Hillary will win in 2016 if she decides to run for President.

    July 22, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Mr Dalloway

    It's up to the American people to vote into office more sensible competent representatives

    July 22, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Jeb Bush

    Rather than offering the American people a positive vision for the future, Republicans fall back on what they do best, spreading hate.

    This is going to backfire on them.

    July 22, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. lolo

    All I can say is that it definitely won't be Sarah Palin for President, the dunmbest woman on the planet. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on rich republicans quit sending out the stool pigeons to do your dirty work.

    July 22, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Ron L

    I just "WISH" and "THINK" that all this energy being focused on the 2016 campaign needs to be channeled into something else until the summer of next year. To me it is such a waste......

    July 22, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. James Gragg

    Anyone, that was at one time head of the State Department, and ALLOWED the disaster that happened in Benghazi, Libya, is NOT the person that I would want in the White House for "that 3 AM call, " that she used in her 2008 campaign bid. She has done more to AVOID any actual responsibility as she can, is NOT "qualified" to even run for President. We already have an incompetent in the White House, lets not replace him with another.

    July 22, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. yogi

    The GOP knows very well that there will be nobody on their clown bus that will be a serious potential candidate in 2016, so they just continue their favorite game: Obstruction! Even if Hillary Clinton has not announced that she will be a candidate yet. Republicans have offered no positive contributions ever since Obama took office, they are masters in negativity, it is in their genes.

    July 22, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Enoch

    It sadly does make sense. The Republicans don't have any viable options for 2016. They can't really promote anyone so the next best thing is to try and take down the opponent.

    Don't start saying things like they should look at their platform to see what is wrong with it and why they only get crackpots into office.

    July 22, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Ashie

    Is it just me or does this group sound like the typical playground bullies? I didn't realize we were still in elementary school.

    July 22, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. smithdp

    All we know foe sure is the conservative wing of the GOP will run like 12 candidates splitting the vote between them and allowing the Establishment moderate candidate to win the nomination.

    July 22, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Teresa

    "We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” Well isn't that smart!. Hey, here's an idea...why don't you find a decent candidate that is going to bring the change you THINK you need for your own party and support him?

    July 22, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. steven r

    Hilary must be the candidate to beat, since all these anti-Hilary groups are forming.

    July 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. lew todd

    I believe they will also be filing for their tax exempt status next week..I hope it doesn't take too long...

    July 22, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. yogi

    This is what the republicans are really afraid of: Bill Clinton back in the White House, as the senior advisor of his wife.

    July 22, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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