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Published — April 14, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Democrats launch $5 million campaign to defend health care law

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Two new groups aimed at building public support for the health care law have raised about $5 million to counter critics who are trying to weaken regulations or repeal all or parts of the measure.

The two groups, dubbed Know Your Care and Protect Your Care, are comprised of unions, liberal and small business entities and boast several big name Democrats closely allied with the White House.

The two-track drive, which is expected to continue through the 2012 elections, is being spearheaded by Paul Tewes, who ran President Obama’s Iowa drive in 2008. Tewes, who heads a small public affairs firm called New Partners, is getting fundraising help from Ami Copeland, one of his business associates. Copeland was a fundraiser for Obama in the 2008 campaign. Tanya Bjork, who led Obama’s Wisconsin efforts in 2008, will manage the dual campaigns

The two groups include among others: Service Employees International Union; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Families USA; Health Care for America NOW; and the Small Business Majority.

Know your Care, a 501(c)3 which must disclose its donors, will be used to promote the law’s benefits. Protect Your Care, a 501(c)4 which doesn’t have to reveal its donors, will lobby nationwide to defend the law from being eroded in Washington and in the states.

“We’re trying to promote the benefits of the law so that the American people understand what’s at stake” if repeal efforts are successful, said David Di Martino, a spokesman for both groups. “Repeal advocates in Congress are attacking the Affordable Care Act as well as Medicare and Medicaid on a daily basis.”

Di Martino said that there will be paid advertising and other media events in several states to underscore the law’s pluses.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle are on an advisory board for the groups and will help tout the law’s benefits to the public, said Di Martino.

The blitz to defend the law comes at a time when several conservative and business groups have stepped up their advertising, grassroots and legal drives to undercut the law.

The law’s supporters say the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to have health coverage, is under fire in Congress from Republicans and has been challenged in the courts on constitutional grounds. In recent months the courts have split on the individual mandate issue.

The new efforts follow an earlier drive by several of the same liberal allies to defend the law.

Last month over the first anniversary of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Democratic allies helped organize 200 events in 35 states to tout the legislation. More than 40 of the events featured administration officials including Kathleen Sibelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Karen Mills, who runs the Small Business Administration.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.