Stop Hillary PAC asks for investigation into pro-Hillary group
January 22nd, 2014
03:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Stop Hillary PAC asks for investigation into pro-Hillary group

Washington (CNN) - Stop Hillary PAC, a group aimed at making sure former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't become president, filed a complaint on Wednesday against a group looking to do the exact opposite.

In their complaint with the Federal Election Commission, the anti-Hillary group contends that Ready for Hillary, a group urging Clinton to run for president, violated election laws when they rented Clinton’s 2008 campaign email list.

The complaint calls for “an immediate investigation” into the matter.

Read the formal complaint

“Hillary let her Presidential & Senate committee’s property – the email list and email address – be used by Ready for Hillary for the purpose of helping draft Hillary,” Dan Backer, Stop Hillary PAC’s lawyer said in a statement. “Of course that’s authorization – what else could it be? That violates federal election law and we’re calling on the FEC to swiftly investigate.”

Earlier this month, Clinton's failed 2008 presidential campaign rented out their email list to Ready for Hillary. The group then sent out an email to those Clinton supporters, offering bumper stickers that read "I'm Ready for Hillary." While Ready for Hillary is focusing on building their own email database, spokesman Seth Bringman told CNN that Ready for Hillary had rented the Clinton email list in order to "connect with her past supporters."

The anti-Hillary group argues this violates campaign finance law because the rental shows Clinton is supporting the work that Ready for Hillary is doing on her behalf.

“Ready for Hillary is in the business of trying to get Hillary Clinton to run for office – essentially to draft her for office. And that’s their right to do so, provided the object of their draft – Hillary – isn't behind it or helping them, because then it stops being a draft committee and becomes an authorized campaign committee,” Backer said.

Some FEC experts disagree with this assessment, however.

“A mailing list or email list itself doesn't seem to fall within the scope of the coordination rules at all,” Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told TIME.

Although Clinton has yet to declare whether she is running for president in 2016, there has been a flurry of activity around her possible candidacy. Groups on both sides have formed in an effort to urge and stop her from running. Both Ready for Hillary and Stop Hillary were formed shortly after Clinton left the State Department in 2013.

“They're looking for something to do, I guess,” Bringman said. “But we're focused on our nearly two million grassroots supporters who are ready to support Hillary Clinton should she decide to run for president."

This story was first reported by Buzzfeed.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Carebear38

    All you libs need to look past voting her in just because she's a woman.

    January 22, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. chrissy

    GOTP must be getting worried now huh? They should've been worried when their brainiacs shut down the government! Too little too late now! Their ratings, in the infamous words of CNN rank lower than C o c k r o a c h e s now!

    January 22, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    This is the non-lawful approach. If any undecided women voters want to see how conservatives really feel about a bold woman, google for "slap" "Hillary" game. This legal wrangling is just the tip of the seedy iceberg.

    January 22, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. chrissy

    Oh wait! That was congress that ratings were lower than roaches! My bad! Same difference though! Most of them are GOTP also!

    January 22, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    simplyput

    No need to fabricate scandals for Ms Clinton. They follow both of the Clintons for decades. Would list them, but eventually they get boring. That and China and Nafta are why her husband was impeached. Not Monica. Stand by your man.
    --------------------------------
    "That's no moon. It's a space station. Turn the ship around." Too late. You've been caught in the right wind media's tractor beam.

    January 22, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    democrats don't care about laws... they just like to force them on the rest of us. and then take 50% of our money and complain we don't pay enough.
    January 22, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    How do you even say that when just YESTERDAY a fellow Republican of yours was indicted on federal charges. But yea keep talking about how Democrats dont care about laws you angel.

    January 22, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @just saying
    democrats don't care about laws... they just like to force them on the rest of us. and then take 50% of our money and complain we don't pay enough.
    ==========

    Chris Christie / Bob McDonnell 2016
    We care about laws and justice ?

    January 22, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Carebear38

    All you libs need to look past voting her in just because she's a woman.

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

    I won't be voting for her because she's a woman – I'll be voting for her because she's head and shoulders above anyone the repugs choose to front.

    January 22, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. AlGoreLies

    i love hillary!!!

    January 22, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. AlGoreLies

    She is my cherry pie!
    Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise!
    Put a smile in my face, ten miles wide...

    then she started looking like my grandmother.

    January 22, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Hillary Clinton - Incompetent Secrtary of State, Accessory to Murder

    After Benghazi, a lot of the people on that list won't support this empty pant suit. She has proven she is NOT up to the job. The phone call came at 3am and she blew it and got 4 people killed.

    January 22, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Jabbadahut

    There is no worry, hildebeast can't get by the Jerry Zeifman article, democrats firing her for lying and ethics violations, equals no worries.

    January 22, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein

    I don't see what the problem is. There are many organizations and companies that share or rent the e-mail lists to many other groups. What is the violation of the law? All I see is people who don't like Clinton and willing to do most things to stop what they presume is her second presidential run.

    January 22, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -simplyput

    No need to fabricate scandals for Ms Clinton. They follow both of the Clintons for decades. Would list them, but eventually they get boring. That and China and Nafta are why her husband was impeached. Not Monica. Stand by your man.
    ****************
    Why stop there? Why not include the Freemasons and the Illuminati as well?

    January 22, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    @rudy NYC "Too late, you've been caught in the right wing tractor's beam."
    =====================
    At least it's not the politically correct beam. Anything to avoid a collective and an internship at a communist's law practice right out of school. Stand by your man.

    January 22, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Something tells me that one of these groups received more scrutiny than the other...."

    Yeah, who needs evidence? Just throw out the accusations willy-nilly!!!! And who cares that the evidence disproved the whole political conspiracy claim about the IRS...continue operating as if none of that evidence exists!!!!

    January 22, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secrtary of State, Accessory to Murder
    After Benghazi, a lot of the people on that list won't support this empty pant suit. She has proven she is NOT up to the job. The phone call came at 3am and she blew it and got 4 people killed.
    ----------–
    Time to start calling for her birth certificate. That worked great last time!

    January 22, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    All you libs need to look past voting her in just because she's a woman.

    All you righties need to look past not voting for her just because she's a woman.
    All you righties need to look past not voting for her just because she's smarter than your guy.
    All you righties need to look past not voting for her just because she's strong and right.
    All you righties need to look past not voting for her just because you don't have a clue about how to fix this country.

    FIFY

    January 22, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @AlGoreLies
    She is my cherry pie!
    Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise!
    Put a smile in my face, ten miles wide...

    then she started looking like my grandmother.
    -------------
    Wow – thanks for that in depth critical analysis. You have really caused me to review my position on Ms.Clinton's political philosophies.

    January 22, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    The "Stop Hillary Pac" is a brain-dead idea; just find a better alternative.

    Was Hillary gutless or stupid with her vote to give W the authority to invade Iraq?

    Will she be equally gutless and stupid to continue arresting Americans for marijuana? How can Barry acknowledge that pot is no more harmful than alcohol, yet keep support federal law criminalizing it? Does he not believe in FREEDOM? Does he not care that we are locking up our citizens for nothing. Barry says its OK for grown men to bang heads on the football field, resulting in brain damage. But smoke, or grow, a little weed, you go to jail. What about the idea that adults can decide for themselves?

    And back to Hillary, will we have any Democratic alternative to Hillary? No decent republican (there actually are one or two) can get past the primary. Hillary is old news.

    January 22, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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