Pro-Hillary PAC rents Clinton's 2008 campaign email list
January 6th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
9 months ago

Pro-Hillary PAC rents Clinton's 2008 campaign email list

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's failed 2008 presidential campaign has rented out their email list to Ready for Hillary super PAC, a group urging the former Secretary of State to run in 2016.

Ready for Hillary sent an email out on Sunday from the address "info@hillaryclinton.com" offering supporters bumper stickers that read "I'm Ready for Hillary." Usually, the groups emails come from their own website, readyforhillary.com.

"Grassroots movements happen when neighbors talk to neighbors and tell them to get involved," read the email from General Wesley Clark, a Clinton supporter. "Hillary has what it takes to be the next President of the United States. But today, as she decides whether to run she needs our support."

Late on Sunday, after the story was first reported by TIME, Seth Bringman, the group's spokesman, confirmed that Ready for Hillary had rented the 2008 email list in order to "connect with her past supporters."

And the plan appears to have worked: After sending the email out, the group tweeted that Sunday "is already the biggest online fundraising day in @ReadyForHillary history."

Although outside groups like Ready for Hillary are not allowed to coordinate directly with a candidate's campaign, because Clinton has yet to declare as a candidate, renting her 2008 email list is legal.

The rental and fundraising haul is further indication of how focused the pro-Clinton campaign has become on helping Clinton get off the ground if she decides to make another White House bid.

Clinton, however, has yet to say she will run – only delivering paid speeches each month and attending award events in her honor. She has, however, said she will make her decision on running sometime in 2014.

In response to the Clinton email, Sean Spicer, communication director for the Republican National Committee, claimed on Monday that while Clinton is “publicly playing coy about her presidential ambitions,” she is also “fully coordinating with her two Super PACs preparing for her candidacy.”

After launching in early 2013, Ready for Hillary has grown to become one of the primary super PACs urging Clinton to run after amassing over one million email addresses – primarily, the group says, of young people looking to volunteer and help a possible 2016 Clinton presidential bid.

Clinton, at the time a U.S. senator from New York, was the early frontrunner in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination, but was edged out by then Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in a marathon and historic primary battle.


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Ready for Hillary
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Im not so sure why the left is stuck on Clinton. I mean i understand why woman over 45yr are happy,but what about the rest of the base? She is old and not in the best of health. She blew her chance in 2008. She needs to go on and enjoy her life.

    January 6, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Harold Read

    Hillary needs to lay low for a bit longer until the 2014 Obamacare Democrat Purge. After the elections she can:
    – really get into stabbing Barack in the back and using him as a stepping stone.
    – offer unclear plans on how to fix Obamacare
    – take credit for all of Bills accomplishments and claim them as her own
    – cover up her lackluster performance as Secretary of State

    Billary 2024!

    January 6, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    We can't afford another political disaster in America.

    January 6, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    January 6, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. king

    miss Clinton if you care about the middle class, the class that make this country what it is today you will run. if this country ever go back under a repubs, president and congresss, our country will be left out to dry, because they will side with the big corporations, and the big boys are all about greed, and with the world not like it was during Reagan years, the trickle down will become a trickle sideways to china. because these big boys will not choose patriotism over their bottom line. china is the best prospect right now because they have 4 times more spenders than we have, and they are getting more middle class Chinese every day. and believe me, sooner or later middle class Americans will have to compete for jobs against china and India in a global market, and we wont win that war. the repubs mentality of the big boys doing what they want for their bottom line without constrained nor regulations will doom us all..

    January 6, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. rs

    In the 1990s, the GOP wasted around $100 million trying to pin something (anything!) on the Clintons. From business deals to murder to intelligence scandals, the GOP spent and lied at what seemed like an unprecedented rate. Will they dig out their old files and see if that stuff can stick now, or will they run to the Kochs for billions more to see if they can update their stash?
    The only plausible reason for a Hillary campaign this early is to start bleeding the GOP now.

    January 6, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It looks like it's inevitable that Clinton will run. That being said, I'm not sleeping on someone like Dennis Kucinich or Sen. Warner running and surprising the field. I personally will like to see either Sen. Klobachar or Sen. Brown as someone's running mate. Hallelujah Liz Cheney dropped out of the race.

    January 6, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. A True Conservative

    Yea, I know....I'm already deleting those junk emails.....

    January 6, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I hate to say it, but Hillary Clinton missed her best window of opportunity in 2008 ... ... and I think she knows it.

    January 6, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Steve, New York City

    I think that it's quite obvious that "Miss Ego" will run in 2016. While in contrast to stooges like Sarah Palin or Joe the Plumber, Hillary is definitely not stupid. In fact, it is likely that she is extremely bright. More concerning however is how much one can trust her - all that hollering about Obama not being ready for a 3am wake-up call and Hillary could barely handle Benghazi.

    January 6, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    She's got my vote and that of most normal Americans . We don't need more GOP extremest in power screwing up our goverment!!!!

    January 6, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |