Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors
June 27th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
10 months 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. HenryMiller

    "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

    Remember that line, Clinton fans. You'll see it a lot if she's foolish enough to run for President.

    June 27, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Data Driven

    All this beehive of activity must be covertly encouraged by someone, namely, Clinton. I guess she's running.

    June 27, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Jinx9to88

    Issa better start another witch hunt before its to late. LMAO!! Issa, what a joke!!

    June 27, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    While Hillary Clinton considers another run for the White House, ..... (blah, blah, blah) ..... (blah, blah, blah) ..... to channel the intense political MEDIA buzz and speculation ... (blah, blah, blah) ...

    Fixed. (At no cost to CNN.)

    June 27, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Jimbo

    America, where an election ended 8 months ago but there's already planning going on for the one 3+ years down the road. And people wonder how nothing ever gets done on Capitol Hill....maybe it's because everyone's too busy campaigning.

    June 27, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Truck

    Put this old battle axe out in the back forty. Enough of the Clinton's & Bush's......

    June 27, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The lunatics are already trying to take control of America, 3 yrs. before the election.

    The Dem socialists are simply "take over" mentality.........they want to dictate to the rest of the country.......they ARE all that is offensive, in America.

    June 27, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Jerry

    I am guessing they are trying to "RE-WARD" her traitorous/irresponsible behavior. What does this say to the families of the patriots, that she in essence, murdered in Benghazi?! What a bunch of shameful, equally traitorous individuals (supporters/donors?)! Not even the Clueless One is willing to back Hillary's candidacy. HE actually reneged on one more promise. Bet HIS supporters did not expect that. Hmm! (Sarcasm intended.)

    By the way, believe it or not; I am a life-long Democrat!!!

    June 27, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. George

    If Hilary is our next president then this country is definitly beyond saving. Obama has done enough to ruin this country.

    June 27, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. jland

    If you think Obama was bad Hillary is a disgrace to the american dream and way of life.

    June 27, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Gabbo

    This shrill old bag is delusional if she thinks she has a chance – Benghazi fried any hope she had for that "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE ?!?! She is going to find out.

    June 27, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    ----------------------
    Democrats would be fools to put all of their eggs into a Hillary Clinton basket. Democrats really need to build up name recognition on other potential candidates, and not worry about stepping on Clinton's toes. After all, even if she does run in 2016, which I doubt, Clinton would need a VP selection, preferably someone with high name recognition.

    Why do I doubt Clinton for 2016? She missed her best opportunity in 2008. By the time 2016 gets here, age and health will become issues. The Democrats' perfect storm would be for Clinton to win in 2016, and again in 2020, which would mean she would be POTUS until January 2025. The year 2025 is 12 years away. Look at Clinton today. Look at Clinton 12 years ago when she was a freshman Senator from New York. Now project forward to 2016, then 2020, and then 2024. I wish Clinton good health and long life, but I still think she missed her opportunity in 2008.

    June 27, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Brad

    I guess these supporters don't care about the Benghazi cover-up and how it shows the true nature of Hillary Clinton......that she has no problem with lying to the public, puts herself and the democratic party before the people, and is just another rotten politician. It makes me lose any kind of hope that people will look for and demand a political leader that will be honest to the U.S. citizens and put us before themselves and their political career. Hopefully (but I doubt it) if she runs, the election results will show the people do actually care and will take the time to really know who they vote for and hand her an embarrassing defeat.

    June 27, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. liberal disease

    it's amazing how stupid and gullible people are. Hilary must be in her mansion laughing at it all

    June 27, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. are122

    The only way Hillary (who has basically failed at everything) would make even a slightly good leader is if she sat on Bills lap and moved her lips while he talked.

    June 27, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. George

    If she runs Hillary will wipe the floor with anybody the Republicans nominate.

    June 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. RIchard Long

    Why is everyone clamoring for the 2016 elections already? Obama still has 3 years to reign!
    BTW: Biden better get the IRS to target Ready for Hillary's tax exempt status. When he does, it is money-in-the-bank.

    June 27, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. jimmy

    We obviously made a mistake not elected Hillary in 2008. She is the best to help us get out of the mess we are in.

    June 27, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -liberal disease

    it's amazing how stupid and gullible people are. Hilary must be in her mansion laughing at it all
    **********************
    I agree that the movement to draft Jeb Bush is being driven by stupid and gullible people, but why would Hillary be laughing about that. However, I do hope Steve King and Louie Goehmert run on the GOP side, since I could use the video as entertainment at Super Bowl parties whenever the game is boring.

    June 27, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Most people can't wait to get rid of the GOP garbage of America party that has done nothing in the capital for at least five years except have 37 repeal obamacare votes at 1.5 million apiece of your taxpayer money and Assad none productive witch hunts that cost millions more of your money with 0 results, just more GOP propaganda and bs. The GOP will never be in control of the White House again. The GOP is dead in the water and Clinton will win in 2016 and the GOP will lose the house and senate in 2014, make sure your registered to vote in spite of gop voter suppression and vote rigging!!!!!

    June 27, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Jerry

    I am guessing they are trying to "RE-WARD" her traitorous/irresponsible behavior. What does this say to the families of the patriots, that she in essence, murdered in Benghazi?! What a bunch of shameful, equally traitorous individuals (supporters/donors?)! Not even the Clueless One is willing to back Hillary's candidacy. HE actually reneged on one more promise. Bet HIS supporters did not expect that. Hmm! (Sarcasm intended.)

    By the way, believe it or not; I am a life-long Democrat!!!
    *****************
    Oh really? A life-long Democrat? How could I have missed that, since your support is so obvious ( sarcasm intended)? Since you've obviously been imbibing the 24×7 coverage that FOX devoted to it without bothering to ask what their motivation could possibly be, I'll assume you've been bedridden for the last 6 months without access to a remote prior to you posting this bit of tripe.

    June 27, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gabbo

    This shrill old bag is delusional if she thinks she has a chance – Benghazi fried any hope she had for that "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE ?!?! She is going to find out.
    ****************
    Palin fan?

    June 27, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    HenryMiller

    "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

    Remember that line, Clinton fans. You'll see it a lot if she's foolish enough to run for President.
    ---------------------------
    CBS News: "You say that the Ryan Plan does not balance the annual budget for 30 years. What would the national deficit be by that time.

    Paul Ryan: "I don't know. I haven't run the numbers, yet."

    The budget wonk is actually a budget quack. He still doesn't know to this today. He just makes up numbers that sound good, and throws them out there.

    June 27, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "Democrats really need to build up name recognition on other potential candidates"
    -------–
    What's wrong with Biden??? He's got plenty of name recognition. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    June 27, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Realist

    Hillary is the only person on the planet who is less qualified for the job than Obama.

    June 27, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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