Pro-Clinton 2016 group touts $1 million haul
July 30th, 2013
11:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Pro-Clinton 2016 group touts $1 million haul

Washington (CNN) - They have some money. They just don't have a candidate.

Hillary Clinton may still be a long way away from making any decisions on whether she'll run again for the White House, but regardless, an independent group that's encouraging her run for president in 2016 is touting its fundraising.

The Ready for Hillary super PAC will report Wednesday that it raised $1.25 million over the past three months, an official with the group confirms to CNN, adding that $1 million of their haul was raised in June alone.

More than nine thousand people donated to the PAC, with three-quarters of those contributions being $25 or less, according to the Ready for Hillary official, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

The PAC has said they won't accept donations higher than $25,000, in order to send a message that the number of contributors is more important right now than the amount of money raised.

Last month some leading Democratic donors pow-wowed at two get-togethers in New York City with some top Clinton allies to discuss funding for the PAC. Harold Ickes, who's now advising Ready for Hillary, made a pitch to potential donors.

According to sources at the meetings, Ickes said that it was 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. Ickes is a longtime friend and adviser to the former secretary of state, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. senator from New York, and first lady, attended those meetings.

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, and now say some 535,000 are signed up as supporters.

While guarded at first, some top names from Bill and Hillary Land, such James Carville, a former top political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, have now embraced the PAC.

Even more telling, two former aides to President Barack Obama's own successful White House campaigns are now helping the PAC. Earlier this month Ready for Hillary announced that they had partnered with 270 Strategies, a consulting firm run by Mitch Stewart, the director of battleground state strategy for Obama's 2012 campaign, and Jeremy Bird, who was Obama's national field director in last year's contest.

While Ready for Hillary continues to grow, two pro-Republican groups recently formed to attack Clinton and hopefully influence the big political decision she will eventually make.

One of the two groups, the Stop Hillary PAC, last week released a web video that imagines a second Clinton presidency, in hopes of stoking fears among Republicans nationwide.

Besides Stop Hillary PAC, there's also StopHillary2016, a separate effort launched last month by America Rising, the recently formed opposition research group headed by Matt Rhoades, the campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential effort, and by a pair of former Republican National Committee officials.

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 in early June, listed her future as "TBD," which only fueled speculation she's not finished with presidential politics.

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


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Big bank break little bank. Bring on your Koch funded candidate right wingers.

    July 30, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Jason

    Just a waste of money the Democrats are the ones who caused the economy to crash under Bush the Republicans asked the Democrat Congress to Reform the housing market and the Rats refused and let Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to Colapse and Crash the Economy.

    July 30, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Getoverit

    So, what if she doesn't run? Will they give this money back?

    July 30, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Get Real

    Am I missing something??? Didn't we JUST have an election LESS than a year ago and RE-ELECT the winner? Is the a NO confidence vote in the last winner?? A LOT can happen in 3+ years.

    July 30, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Abbey

    Can a has been get a second chance? The kid Cuomo looks like a better contender.

    July 30, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. JJ

    If you can’t say anything good about someone, you must be talking about Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton will never be President. She is one of the most hated and despised women in the country. Her hate factor is one rung below that of Nancy Pelosi. She is incompetent, has blood on her hands from the Benghazi murders of four Americans, committed perjury during the Benghazi hearings, as SOS fostered the expansion of Al Qaeda in Egypt, Libya and No. Africa and supported Morsi, the deposed head and terrorist of Egypt. If she is so popular, she would have won the Democratic nomination in 2008 against Obama.

    July 30, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The ring wingnuts are starting to freak at the mention of Hillary... I LOVE IT!

    July 30, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    they are better off giving it to the DNC – she's not going to run, if all of congress is in republican control, in 2016

    July 30, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Kinard

    It matters not, she's going to take the White House. Get used to it. All she needs to do is run.

    July 30, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    GOP thugs are gone with the wind. Hillary16.

    July 30, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    This isn't about Hillary........it's about political correctness, and the feminist movement, to have the first woman in the WH.

    They couldn't care less, if Hilary is a GOOD candidate or not.

    July 30, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. ????

    The 2016 election is over 39 months away. Clinton thinks she can maintain a high level of enthusiasm for that long? Good luck with that.

    July 30, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    Run Hillary!!!! If some of those old out of touch supreme court justices don't retire under Obama they will under the next term. We dont need anymore far right conservatives like Scalia in the Supreme Court.

    July 30, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    they are better off giving it to the DNC – she's not going to run, if all of congress is in republican control, in 2016

    July 30, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. leah

    The female vote is behind you, Hillary!

    July 30, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    The mere mention of Hillary makes the GOP sh!t in their panties!! And their heads explode!

    The only reason the Dems are even talking about 2016 is because the GOP were plotting on it election night.

    July 30, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. lolo

    The GOP is shaking in their boots. It may not be Hillary but it definitely won't be a Republican or Tea Party nut that is for sure. We are sick and tired of them obstructing everything for coporations and not people. We are tired ot the GOP/TP trying to deny people their rights. They can fly to the moon and build that colony they keep talking about, we will not miss them one bit. They will be jumping all over the Pope next for his comments on gays.

    July 30, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Jim Bob

    Check out the truth of HC google watergate investigation. She was fired for lying

    July 30, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |