Pro-Obama group beefs up ahead of any Clinton 2016 run
January 10th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
7 months ago

Pro-Obama group beefs up ahead of any Clinton 2016 run

Washington (CNN) - The main super PAC that supported President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election is scheduled to announce new hires Friday, as the group works towards transforming itself into a key super PAC for a possible Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the moves by Priorities USA, the super PAC will announce that Buffy Wicks, a veteran field organizer who was a top staffer in the Obama re-election campaign, will become the group's executive director. Jonathan Mantz, an experienced Democratic fundraiser who served as national finance director for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, will join Priorities as a senior finance adviser.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said it's doubtful there would be any announcement Friday regarding Jim Messina joining Priorities. Messina, who steered the President's 2012 re-election campaign, is reportedly discussing the possibility with Priorities.

Priorities is slowly laying the groundwork to transform itself into the designated high dollar super PAC backing Clinton if she runs for the White House again. While a separate group, Ready for Hillary, is focused on low dollar donations and growing its grassroots outreach, Priorities would become the main vehicle behind independent television ads in support of a Clinton candidacy.

Priorities top officials and advisers are mostly a mix of veterans who worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Obama.

The Washington Post was first to report the Priorities announcement.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Priorities USA
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's a good look for Hillary.
    I look forward to getting her elected the first woman President of these United States.

    January 10, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well they need something to counter the GOP stable of fools the teaparty Koch bros and rove and the clown armey from Texas although they ALL FAILED last time with the GOP clowns Romney and lyin Ryan !!!!!

    January 10, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The right is shaking in their cowboy boots. The first woman POTUS is coming.

    January 10, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If these so called conservatives were really "compassionate" as George W. Bush wanted them to be ... "

    Well, in the Paul Ryan article he IS suggesting "We need to reinvigorate and reintegrate the poor into our communities". I don't know if one can consider this "compassionate" or not, though. I guess it depends on where Mr. Ryan thinks the poor are living these days (or any day for that matter) and what he considers the meaning of "reinvigorate and reintergrate" to be.

    No doubt he'll eventually explain all.

    January 10, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    What about Vice-President Biden? I think they're making a fatal mistake to put all of their eggs into one basket.

    January 10, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Another bad day for the republican Taliban.

    January 10, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Harold Peters

    Can't wait for Hillary to start burying knives in Barack's back. She needs to distance herself from his "legacy" or she'll have problems. All she has to say is that she'll "fix the train-wreck known as Obamacare" and she is golden. No details on how she will fix it, just a thinly spread promise and the Liberalbots will eat it like candy!

    January 10, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. ST

    This time Hillary will make it. I get difficulties to imagine how this New Jersey man can make it anymore.The bridge scandal has put a big spot on him. Is anyone out there taking polls now so we can see where they stand?

    January 10, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Harold Peters

    Can't wait for Hillary to start burying knives in Barack's back. She needs to distance herself from his "legacy" or she'll have problems. All she has to say is that she'll "fix the train-wreck known as Obamacare" and she is golden. No details on how she will fix it, just a thinly spread promise and the Liberalbots will eat it like candy!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except liberals aren't the ones who have a problem with "Obamacare" – that's entirely the rightwing. If anything, liberals hope the ACA evolves into single payer, universal healthcare. What does the rightwing have to offer besides a race to the bottom by "selling policies across state lines"?

    January 10, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Umm, Harold. Worry about your own candidates and we'll worry about ours. K?

    January 10, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Harold Peters

    Can't wait for Hillary to start burying knives in Barack's back. She needs to distance herself from his "legacy" or she'll have problems. All she has to say is that she'll "fix the train-wreck known as Obamacare" and she is golden. No details on how she will fix it, just a thinly spread promise and the Liberalbots will eat it like candy!
    ******************
    So sayeth the Conservabot, doling out his wisdom from his intellectual Pez dispenser. Has any nominee ever trashed the sitting president of their own party? Why would she, since there is ample time to deal with the problems of the ACA, unless the GOP decides to screw with that as well. The Conservabots have eaten up the candy called " Repeal and/or Replace" without ever specifying what that would do to improve access to private health insurance.

    January 10, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Whazzat?
    "They need someithing to counter the GOP stable of Fools" Well if that's the case Hillary is a Shoo in, no? We need Hillary to counter all the common sense conservatives. Who needs reality at this point.

    January 10, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Sheila

    her ground game had better start now – otherwise she's going to find out she's going to owe millions – like she did when she ran against Obama – not to mention that she'd better get Obamas e-mail & phone contact list – plus the CBC – then she needs to look somewhere to get more dollars -it's going to be a long haul – I'm sure she already knows it

    January 10, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Lynda wrote:

    Well, in the Paul Ryan article he IS suggesting "We need to reinvigorate and reintegrate the poor into our communities". I don't know if one can consider this "compassionate" or not, though. I guess it depends on where Mr. Ryan thinks the poor are living these days (or any day for that matter) and what he considers the meaning of "reinvigorate and reintergrate" to be.

    No doubt he'll eventually explain all.
    ----------------------
    I'm gong to assume that you're being sarcastic. He's already explained all that he's going to explain or even do about it. It's always talk and no action with conservatives. I'd like to hear him explain what "reinvigorate and reintegrate the poor" actually means.

    I think by "reinvigorate" he actually means denying the poor assistance to force them to get off their lazy behinds, and to force them "to get and find a job." I think by "reintegrate" he actually means assimillating them into conservative ideology.

    January 10, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16. Period.

    January 10, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. yolanda

    Dutch, your ability to read minds is amazing. I didn't realize that "the right" is against having a female president. Your comments speak more directly to your assumptions and prejudices than to other people's views. Between you being able to divine what an independent is (or is not) and now this statement you are negating any credibility that you might have. Why is it necessary to disparage others in an attempt to justify your view(s)? It seems the take away is that if one's opinion differs from yours they are wrong and to be belittled. Unfortunately, that is a snapshot of both sides of the aisle these days.

    January 10, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. name. willard

    No thanks vote for hillary clinton but what happened aabout murder 4 amercian at benghinzia

    January 10, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Not too early to start raising money. Hillary will need the money to counter Republican Tea Party hardball politics of lies, smears, and personal attacks.

    January 10, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Gladiatior

    My Favorite quote from Billary Marx:

    "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

    Says it all about the lib mind set...

    January 10, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm gong to assume that you're being sarcastic."

    Oh, absolutely I was being sarcastic. I've never heard such nonsense than what that article contained. I agree with your statement of: "I think by "reinvigorate" he actually means denying the poor assistance to force them to get off their lazy behinds, and to force them "to get and find a job." I think by "reintegrate" he actually means assimillating them into conservative ideology."

    I can't imagine he was advocating actually having "poor folks" move into HIS and his supporters gated communities if only because those communities are ... well, gated for a specific reason.

    January 10, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Let's stir the pot. What about a President Duval Patrick? He seems to have Romneycare running fairly well, too.

    January 10, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy

    What I REALLY want to know is who he is considering as being "poor". Demographically speaking. Because reinvigorating and reintegrating the elderly is a disgusting and pathetic attempt of stripping them of all respect due them in the later stages of their lives.

    January 10, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. A Kickin' Donkey

    In the wake of the testosterone laddened Bridge Vendetta I think there is a real opportunity for Hillary to make the case for WOMEN being able to work together and get things done. She can point to Patty Murray and Paul Ryan on the Budget. She can point to women senators Collins, Gillibrand, McCaskill, Boxer, Hutchinson, etc. working together to make the difference on past Debt Ceilings or CRs or whatever.

    The majority of the population is female. All of them should be made to care that a competent woman get elected on the basis of getting compromise things done. This is an angle that only Hillary can pursue and after Christies bull-in-a-China shoppe persona; its a winner.

    January 10, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Lynda wrote:

    "What I REALLY want to know is who he is considering as being "poor". Demographically speaking. Because reinvigorating and reintegrating the elderly is a disgusting and pathetic attempt of stripping them of all respect due them in the later stages of their lives."
    -------------------------
    Hmmph. Good question. Let's hope that he doesn't have Santorum's "blah people" in mind.

    January 10, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Silence DoGood

    Hopefully undecided women voters will look at a liberal strong women (even id not Ms.Clinton) candidate and compare that to the conservative driven intrusiveness of telling women whom they may marry, what they may do in their bedrooms, what religion is approved, and what they may do with their internal organs. Freedom beats Theocracy any day!

    January 10, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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