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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  1. objectivist51

    Sounds to me like the Republican Party is shaking in their boots. As an Independent I just want a good solid candidate capable of leading this country as it should be in all areas of government. WE NEED LEADERS,NOT FOLLOWERS like we have now.

    July 22, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    This is how Mitch McConnell operates. Before you know if the person is even running for office try to smear them before they announce.

    July 22, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Alfred

    Hold on... if a McCain staffer wants to stop Hillary, shouldn't he just join her campaign staff himself?

    July 22, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. pprty

    You republicans need 6 MEN to try to bring down 1 WOMAN? This is where the WOMEN UNITE AGAINST THEM!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Daniel D Janson

    it is so inspiring to read the compassionate group on the left and their comments. Lets list a few Browns shirts, hate groups, stupid and this is their retort to opposition. It reminds me of the bad kid in the back of the room yelling and blaming to get his way.

    They have a good example of leadership in their master of all blame mr. obama. Lets took a look under this current leadership, Egypt in turmoil, Iran near nuclear, north korea testing fly by nuclear, embassy sacked by murderers, and i guess i could go to domestic but what is the point this group will follow the piper to the edge and jump.

    Voting should involve investigation of the one wanting power not hollywood slogans and a tele-prompter.

    "The inmates are running the asylum and the lemmings follow."

    July 22, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. David Marks

    Many here do not understand. Everyone knows Clinton is informed, intelligent and capable. However, if you study her politics, you will learn that she, like her Republican counterparts, remains involved in coverups. Additionally, she is a socialist. Those who oppose Clinton's politics may not necessarily want a Republican. I would want a Democrat or Republican who is a constitutionalist. In the end, I prefer a Tea Party candidate. Alas, Congress would lose it's ability to continue much of it's policies for corruption and graft and would not permit a righteous candidate. That is why Ross Perot dropped out fof the race years ago.

    July 22, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. D.Mama

    Here we go again with the 3rd grade foolishness Get out of the play ground. Take it like the grown ps you wish you were! !!

    July 22, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. michael

    This is absolutely pathetic! Another desperate attempt by the GOP. Instead of attacking people why don't they just try to have a viable candidate run for office instead of making personal attacks. This just shows their desperation.

    July 22, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Alrea Won

    One thing is certain, stopping HR Clinton is about stopping big government central planning. We all know that this is new socialist redistribution supported by liberals-progressives whatever you want to call them. We all know CNN is for anything liberal. Welcome to the USA of Detroit where a fat old progressive bureaucrat chooses your doctor and cuts down your AC. No thanks.

    July 22, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. tammyleg

    Typical GOP dirty tricks policies. It doesn't matter who/what/where/when a person or candidate stands for or says. They just want to destroy people's lives on the basis of their party. Pretty pathetic....and disgraceful...but hey...it's the GOP. No one really expects anything like 'respect' or 'fairplay' to be displayed. I would think these tactics are just as shameful and disgusting no matter which party behaved like this.

    July 22, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Pointing The Obvious Out

    We Have Absolutely No Use For CONServative Republicans and Their Obstructionist Agendas. They like to take away the hard-earned benefits that people have rightfully earned by paying their taxes and other dues to this country during their working years and then when they expect to get the return that they have Earned, CONServatives like to limit or take that away from them which is grossly Unfair! We don't need that unless people are independently wealthy which, let's face it, most are not.

    July 22, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. j

    Wouldn't it be nice if this much effort and money were put towards building a modern infrastructure for our country, investing in businesses to support job growth for Americans, and improving education and access to education to support our future in the global in the economy???

    July 22, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. WaldoBinney

    Do we need Hillary Evita Clinton after Obama ?

    July 22, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Old Tory

    Never too early to pre-empt Hillary. Best to strike first and strike hard before she gets in the starting gate. She would be a disaster as POTUS, an imitator of the imposter who now inhabits the office.

    July 22, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. The Other Bob


    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 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. OKOFIA

    Hillary will be the next President of the United States and this is why: Immigration. A failed immigration Bill will doom the Republican Party for the next 5 Presidential election cycles. Immigrants got Obama elected, and be rest assured that if this do nothing republican congress kills the Imiigration Bill, the Rebuplican Party will suffer a very slow and methodical death.

    July 22, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. RickN

    It would be helpful if the republicans had something positive to run on instead of just pointing at the other guy (or in this case, woman). But they have nothing in their portfolio but tax cuts (especially for higher earners), no health care for poor women (or men or children) and higher defense department budgets so they can go to war against more countries. One heck of a talented group of people, wouldn't you say?

    July 22, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. pprty

    All MEN on the republican committee huh? This is where WOMEN GET CRANKY AND WON'T TAKE IT!!!!!!

    July 22, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. ELDON

    Where do I sign up to help: STOP HILLARY NOW !!!!!

    July 22, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Let's go, its going to be fun, and I will get pay big time.

    July 22, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. cdub

    No one is going to vote the republicans out of congress. Americans are Republican in the more spread out area's, while Democrats seem to land in the major urban areas. This leads to a republican held house/congress and a democratic senate (going by the electoral's that is) split. This split will continue as long as there is such a huge gap between classes and party members. I digress, though. I hope Clinton wins. We need her and bill back to show'em how it is done and how you create bipartisanship.

    July 22, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. roger

    Everyone saw how Hillary ran the State Department. Is that the way you want the next president to run this country? Sort of a repeat of what we have in office now.

    July 22, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Fred- 90 years old

    i am independent. I do not support any Bush, Kerry, Clinton or Rhino.
    It is time for Americans to see through the 2 party system for what it is. A False choice to
    the detriment of our Country.

    July 22, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. CaptainDorkOfTheWeeniePatrol

    "Stop Hillary ..."

    When I saw the headline, I was thinking, "OK, her opposition is going to present a better alternative plan designed to make counter-proposals to each of Hillary's platform planks."

    I'm all on board for a rousting talking-point debate and I am so disappointed.

    This is so high school.

    Wherever Hillary is, this group is going to be there and, instead of listening and providing new ways of tackling problems, they are simply going to be calling names and waving signs and pom poms.

    So, no chance we'll we'll learn anything.

    "The point, Marquis said, is “to make noise” wherever Clinton goes.

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

    Same old party of "No."

    How's that been working for you?

    July 22, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. pprty

    Ted Harvey is a fine one to try to assault Hillary. He is a piece of crapola, and so are his cohorts!

    July 22, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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