Hillary super PAC gearing up
January 28th, 2013
11:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Hillary super PAC gearing up

(CNN) – As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes her exit from Foggy Bottom, there’s a super PAC already waiting in the wings to support her in a potential 2016 presidential run.

While the group, “Ready for Hillary,” won’t go live with its website for another two or three weeks, its founders filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

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“We want to be ready to help Hillary when Hillary is ready to run,” explained Allida Black, the group’s chair.

Black said the endeavor was started by seven Clinton supporters with an “extensive network” for fundraising and building grassroots support. While they want to be a “significant fundraising vehicle” at some point, Black said that’s not their main focus now as they build the infrastructure of the organization.

The group’s Twitter account, created a little more than two months ago, has nearly 50,000 followers. “And we haven't really done anything yet,” Black said, sounding surprised at the turnout.

While Black and other founders have volunteered for Clinton, she stressed that she is in no way part of Clinton’s close pack of advisers. “This is not a coordinated overture from ‘Hillaryland.’”

For now the goal is to lay groundwork and generate grassroots support, but she didn’t rule out spending money on favorable ad time for Clinton—even before the former senator and first lady makes her decision. “We’d love to do that,” she said, though adding it depends on how much money the group takes in.

To say Black is an avid Clinton supporter would be an understatement. She said during Clinton’s 2008 campaign she traveled to 14 states, knocked on 5,000 doors, made 15,000 phone calls, and went to 500 house parties. Black, who served as a Virginia delegate whip at the Democratic convention, made headlines when she helped lead efforts to push for a floor vote on the nomination.

She also helped create WomenCount PAC, a pro-Clinton group that raised more than $443,000 during the 2008 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

A human rights historian who worked with George Washington University for 20 years, Black said she’s been following Clinton’s career for three decades. Or as she put it, Hillary was the reason she first voted for Bill in 1992.

From health care to rural poverty to education, Black said Clinton has long advocated causes that are “near and dear” to her heart.

“I marched with Dr. King, but Hillary Clinton really is the leader of my lifetime,” Black said.

Clinton has repeatedly brushed off the idea of running for office again, but she didn’t totally nix the concept during her joint interview with President Obama that aired Sunday night.

“The president and I care deeply about what's going to happen for our country in the future, and I don't think, you know, either he or I can make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow or... or the next year," she said in the “60 Minutes” interview on CBS.

For Black, she said she believes “public service is in (Clinton’s) DNA” and it would be “biologically impossible” for her to say no.

But if she decides to pass on a second presidential bid, Black said she’ll continue to support Clinton in whatever she does.

“I’ll be bitterly disappointed, but I trust her judgment,” Black said.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. FREEDOM

    "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference – at this point – does it make?"

    January 28, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. Dwight Frost

    we are waiting in the wings to support Hillary in a potential 2016 presidential run.go for the gold.we need you

    January 28, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Dave

    Hillary ...... Go away! Retire from public life if you can!

    January 29, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  4. David

    Hi. I am a head-injured surviver. Despite my head-injury I can make unique furniture. I discovered that JESUS worked with wood ... so I went to CHURCH. Going to CHURCH has helped Me figured out how it is possible to travel in time. Can I meet and talk with Hillory Clinton? David

    January 29, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Rest up for a while Hillary and then Run Hillary, Run!! She will demolish anyone the crazy republicans try to put out there and that includes the big boy. Not that he has a chance in he!! of being nominated. Like they said, Willard lost because he wasn't conservative enough. I say they're right, please put forth another RWNJ like maybe Rand Paul or Rick Santorum!!

    January 29, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. GuestAgain

    Thats all the country needs is another lying Clinton.....

    January 29, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Chess

    Run Hill Run!!!!!!

    January 29, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. agagliardi

    And if she doesn't run? Where does the money go?

    January 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Bystander

    I'm surprised. So unexpected. Not.

    January 29, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Louis

    As always, the best government special interest money can buy.

    January 29, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. mm

    Clinton 2016 & 2020!

    January 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Smokey

    There is no way that Obama will turn over this mighty fundraising and electoral apparatus he's built to anyone but Hillary. And there is absolutely no way that anyone will defeat Hillary/Bill/Obama and this Democratic machine in the next two presidential cycles. GOP had better get used to having an opponent in the White House, and focus on winning Congress.

    January 29, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Nick

    So once again, after eschewing super PACs as a tool of the devil the liberals embrace the propaganda machine. Do I care? No, but I wish they wouldn't be so hypocritical. They are the propaganda masters after all, as the continued media love fest shows. Hillary better than Obama? probably, despite a dismal performance as Secretary of State. Liberal agenda best for the country? Rarely, if ever, as demonstrated by our fiscal state and history.

    January 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. JP

    Looks more like CNN gearing up for Hillary Clinton

    January 29, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Eric21

    Needs to be a fully disclosed health assessment before the left is numb enough to nominate her

    January 29, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Monomachos

    Her foreign policy experience would come in handy when the country goes bankrupt after the current debt run-up and loans from China need to be renegotiated.

    January 29, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Charlie Daniels

    It is terribly frightening that many of you commenting in these Hillary articles are so incredibly blind as to what is happening in this country. The failed policies of the last four years will lead to well over 21 trillion in debt and complete economic ruin from every industry to mowing lawns to power generation in the next four. Voting for Hillary to prove a point is extremely disheartening and should sadden every American. Voting for another Santa Claus should not be your idea of "change" or "forward" and all that other garbage. Another note – why does it seem that 90% of the comments on these pages are written by completely uneducated bottom feeders? Another fact that terrifies me is that you have the right to vote and vote often.

    January 29, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. jerrycc

    CNN and the other govt controlled networks are alreadt campaigning for her. what ajoke.

    January 29, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. MesaMax

    So everybody is supposed just forget all the mistakes she made. The four people who died under her watch. She said that she doesn't care why they died, they are dead, time to move on. After all, she IS a progressive.

    Unfortunately for her, most of her fellow Americans DO care about how and why four Americans died. And she said that she was responsible for that incident. So YES we DO hold her responsible, and one of the consequences of her being responsible is that she does NOT qualify to be president. God only knows what would happen if she were to become president.

    January 29, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. jerrycc

    Is it me or is CNN becoming just like MSNBC? No news on their site at all just liberal propaganda and lies.

    January 29, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |