July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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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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soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. Thinkergal

    I live in CO, and will strongly support Hillary (as I did the President) if she runs. We have a few crazies like Harvey in our state, but we did go Obama in '08 and '12!

    July 22, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. Robert C

    This is a perfect EXACTLY of what is wrong with our country today. Life gives one thing to all of us- the opportunity to improve our individual lives, and the lives of fellow Americans. How sad is it that there are some in this world that really don't care about this perspective and only seek the negative, seek failure, and only hope for disgrace. What a shame that this PAC couldn't spend the time and money on something that could make a positive change in the world instead of focusing on being negative.

    July 22, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Tom

    If the best you have to offer for America's future is to stop the election of an opponent, without having any viable alternative to that candidate, there is really no reason for your existence.

    July 22, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. timvervba

    Seems that these folks are spending a lot of time focusing on negative energy.

    July 22, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. JPrimus

    If she were to get elected, America would deserve everything it gets in return for the vote. After this president, if HRC were to win the presidency, I'd finally be convinced that we were out-numbered by the lunatics.

    July 22, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. Charles Manteghi

    President Hillary Clinton continuing the fine work that President Obama has done in 8 years, will be the best upcoming name to be added to the list of the best Presidents of the United States of America.
    God willing, an 8 years under her leadership will be the only way to the continuation of prosperity that began with President Obama's White House.

    July 22, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. Michael

    The anti-clinton groups will have a tough road ahead, the ultra liberal MSM will do all they can to cover for her and make excuses for her failings. And of course liberal reporters have been told to never mention the Ambassador clinton and obama murdered or Benghazi.

    July 22, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  8. PaulC

    What a sad group.
    I hope Hillary runs and wins just to see the look on their faces.

    July 22, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. Franky McCree

    I wish her well but? I would perfer Govnor Christie or VP Joe Biden.

    July 22, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. Badgerboy23

    With refugees from the McCain campaign leading it, this effort is doomed for immediate failure. Although on second thought, they know how to bury a female candidate?

    July 22, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. Tom

    You want to stop Hillary? Try not nominating yet another moron to run against her (especially one from Texas – we've had enough Texans in the White House to last us 1000 years).

    July 22, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. king

    those rascally repubs are getting fearful already. come on repubs Hillery is not even in the game yet, so be easy. America cannot afford and support the premiss of giving the rich all the money she has, and watch them invest in china, robots and computer systems, not invest in our infrastructure, and taking their money to overseas tax havens. we need a democrat in power because that is the only way normal Americans will get a piece of the pie before the global market sucks it all up.

    July 22, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  13. ddrew78

    You know they're worried about the election when they start campaigning against someone who hasn't even decided to run yet.

    July 22, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. Kate

    Where can I join? If Hillary were to become president in 2016, it would be the final nail in this great country's chance of being free. Think Obama is bad. Think him times one hundred.

    July 22, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  15. Harryo

    Shouldn't be hard to stop, just come up with a cons and pros list...

    July 22, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  16. P.R.

    Nothing more adorable than watching those who work so hard to spread fear being afraid themselves.

    Silly GOP...you don't stand a chance.

    July 22, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  17. reacharound

    They should focus on finding an opposition cadidate equal or greater than Clinton(who btw
    May not run.

    July 22, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  18. dzerres

    See? Here's EXACTLY what's wrong with anti Hillary. The emphatically stated that whatever Hillary does they will do the opposite. That's been the Republican mantra regarding Obama and that's why the country and the economy are at a stand still. Not everything Obama or Hillary support could be bad but to these people they would rather drag down America than agree to work on problems where mutual resolutions are within reach. Very sad – for us.

    July 22, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. McRCN

    There is no legit reason for America to elect Hillary. Not like she has any great vision for the country or accomplishments to run on. In fact, the latest Inspector General's report states the State Dept in which she was in charge of is in chaos after Hillary's tenure. Why would Hillary take the pay cut to run for President now that she is pulling in $200,000 for speeches?

    July 22, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. vp

    Republicanism has become the cancer.

    July 22, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Well if American wants another Valerie Jarrett running things, go ahead and elect her! Eight more years of lies, deceit, intrusiveness, executive orders and watering down of constitutional rights. Oh, joy.

    July 22, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. SuZieCoyote

    Let's invest in slandering the competition before the election. This is what passes for political strategy in these circles. Maybe we could have a GOP PAC that, oh I don't know, invests in developing solutions for some of the pressing pressing problems we have. No. Lots more fun to rabidly go after someone who might actually have some solutions. This is what the GOP has become – obstructionist in every way, with no real ideas themselves.

    July 22, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. Dave

    The plan to derail Hillary is to just let herself get in her own way.

    July 22, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. Dru Richman

    Ah, democracy at work. And the GOP obstructionists are getting an early start.

    July 22, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. flash321

    Of course they have to tell us who they are against. If they told us who and what they are for, it would reveal that they are insane.

    July 22, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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