Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors
June 27th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors

(CNN) - While Hillary Clinton considers another run for the White House, some of her most ardent supporters are moving to channel the intense political buzz and speculation surrounding a possible 2016 bid by the former secretary of state.

Some two dozen leading Democratic donors meet for breakfast in New York City Thursday morning with some top Clinton allies to discuss funding an independent political action committee that's urging Clinton to run, according to Democratic sources with knowledge of the event. The breakfast follows lunch held Wednesday with the same mission, to support the Ready for Hillary PAC.

"The event is part of a big push to expand Ready for Hillary's finance committee and boost fundraising numbers before the June 30 filing deadline. Those attending will hear from Harold Ickes and learn more about Ready for Hillary and why it is important to invest in the organization early as a means to put Hillary in the strongest position possible should she decide to run for president," said one of the sources, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

Ickes, who is advising the PAC, is a longtime friend and adviser to the former first lady, U.S. senator from New York, and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate.

The breakfast, first reported by the New York Times, is being hosted by public relations executive Michael Kempner, who was a leading fundraiser to President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

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Ickes' pitch for the PAC at Wednesday's lunch, also held in New York, was packed with some 60 attendees, which according to one of the sources was twice the turnout organizers had expected.

While Clinton may be at least a year away from making any decision on 2016, groups like Ready for Hillary are not sitting still. Clinton supporters and former aides formed the organization at the beginning of the year. Some top names from Bill and Hillary Land, such James Carville, a former top political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, have embraced the PAC.

Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri became the first member of Congress to officially back Ready for Hillary. McCaskill once had a rocky relationship with the Clintons. She was an early supporter of then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for president. The one-time longshot senator from Illinois eventually upset Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in a historic and marathon primary battle that lasted until June of that year.

Even though the next race for the White House is a long way away, there's already intense speculation over whether Clinton will make a second bid for president.

When asked just before she stepped down as secretary of state whether she was thinking of making another run for the White House, Clinton said "I am not thinking about anything like that right now."

Asked in an interview with CNN later that day if she had decided against another candidacy for president, Clinton responded that, "I have absolutely no plans to run." But she added that, "I am lucky because I've been very healthy. I feel great. I've got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I'm very fortunate. I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is."

And the profile on her new Twitter account, which was unveiled earlier this month, listed her future as "TBD," which only fueled speculation she's not finished with presidential politics.

If Clinton does run for the White House, she would instantly become the overwhelming front runner for the Democratic nomination.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. blakenaustin

    Why would anyone want Hillary Clinton to be our next president. A compulsive liar with no moral compass. No noteworthy accomplishments as a senator or as secretary of state. Why?

    June 27, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. blakenaustin

    Why would anyone rational person want Hillary Clinton to be our next president? A compulsive liar with no moral compass. And no noteworthy accomplishments as a senator or as secretary of state.

    June 27, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. obbop

    Whoever the elites push into the candidate queue and the resultant winner will be yet another lackey for those elites, corporate USA and other entities that will legally reward their lackey and their entire family extremely well after the lackey leaves office.

    Look at past lackeys and their financial gains from their legal rewards.

    Voting at the federal level is futile.

    No meaningful change in the elite owned and operated systems will ever occur via the voting system.

    And the class war continues and We, the People are losing.

    And the life-long propaganda we are immersed within convinces most folks that as things are is how things should be.

    June 27, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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