Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton
January 23rd, 2014
12:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC that supported President Obama's re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN.

Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy.


Also one of Mr. Obama's closest political aides, 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, is joining the group as one of its co-chairmen. Not only will Messina bring contacts with some of the party's major financial backers, he also will bring knowledge of some of the campaign's most sophisticated digital targeting strategies to help Priorities. His appointment helps make sure Priorities will be leading the charge for Clinton as she decides whether to seek the Democratic nomination. She told ABC News she would decide this year and is working on a major memoir due out later in 2014 which will help spur more speculation about her intentions.

During the 2012 campaign Priorities raised $75 million making it the largest super PAC supporting Democratic causes. One of its most successful endeavors were attack ads it ran against Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his time heading the investment firm Bain Capital. The group is aiming to spend more than the $67 million it spent in 2012 on ads as it helps to rebut any attacks on Clinton. This marks an even earlier start in the multi-million dollar super PAC money wars.

Also joining the organization as another co-chairman is former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm helping to make sure Priorities is well-positioned to help lead Democratic efforts in the coming years with leading party figures leading the way.

The New York Times first reported the Priorities fund-raising actions for Clinton and its new appointments.

Last month the group brought on Buffy Wicks, a veteran field organizer and top staffer in the Obama 2012 campaign, as its executive director. Jonathan Mantz, an experienced national finance director for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, will join as senior finance adviser.

One thing political experts will be watching is how Priorities operates, as a separate group called Ready for Hillary is already raising money from smaller donors and growing a grassroots support network for a Clinton candidacy.

While some Democrats thought Ready for Hillary activities might complicate Clinton's decision making by publicly urging her candidacy, it has done very well so far in fund-raising bringing in $33 million last year the group said.

It has come under criticism by some opponents of Clinton. Stop Hillary PAC, which is aimed at preventing a Hillary Clinton candidacy, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging the pro-Hillary group violated election laws when it rented Clinton's 2008 donor list.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this story


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Rusty Krus

    OK, let's start with the Benghazi crap.

    January 23, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Richard Long

    Awesome! Hillary will totally be able to run on Bill's accomplishments and not her own.
    She has perfected money laundering at the Clinton Foundation, can't wait to see how much money she can push through the US Government as Pres.

    January 23, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Chris" Christie / Bob McDonnell 2016
    Priorities just make good sense ?

    January 23, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. PaulCat

    Hillary "2016"
    My donation is on the way

    January 23, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Who do republicans have to go up against Hillary now? Their golden boy isn't so golden after all. Just wait until OFA throws their support behind her. She'll be unstoppable and republicans know it.

    January 23, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rusty Krus
    OK, let's start with the Benghazi crap.
    ---------------–

    Benghazi.

    January 23, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    The left better hope she decides to run... they've got no one else on the bench. Oh yeah... Biden.

    January 23, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. just spraying

    Oh come now, there were billions pumped into the last election, when it becomes a matter of money the gop wins. Which brings me to a thought, why do the Koch brothers pump so much money into things like lying about the ACA, and lye about doing it? When a rich guy spends that kind of dough without taking credit, not good for you.

    January 23, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. just spraying

    Say it with me Richard, madam president.

    January 23, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. just spraying

    Can you say it fair, madam president, nice huh?

    January 23, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Warren

    Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder
    Her ONLY accomplishment as Secretary of State was getting one of her direct reports and three others killed in Benghazi. She has absolutely no accomplishments to her name, other than sticking with her cheating husband to get positions of power. She isn't qualified to be dog catcher and should be tried and jailed for her roll in the deaths of 4 Americans.

    And who was that cut funding??? Someone sounds a little bitter....

    January 23, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    The left better hope she decides to run... they've got no one else on the bench. Oh yeah... Biden.

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

    The left also has Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, the right has nobody!

    January 23, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. just spraying

    New name, same BS, tripe that pungent comes from a place the sane can't reach . Just think, after Hillary's victory you can use four and the door again, and be wrong again. The gop will be lucky if they have any power soon

    January 23, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. smith

    Super pacs, code word for special interest groups. Both sides are bought and paid for. If we would just revamp the electoral college to one state one point the super pacs would become useless.

    January 23, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    "She isn't qualified to be dog catcher and should be tried and jailed for her roll in the deaths of 4 Americans."
    Yeah and I want to see that birth certificate of hers!

    January 23, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    The left better hope she decides to run... they've got no one else on the bench. Oh yeah... Biden.

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

    The left also has Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, the right has nobody!
    ---------
    She has already said nope. Sure, she got elected in looney MA... but only hard-core lefties and political junkies know who she is. She'd never get out of Iowa.

    January 23, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    just spraying

    Can you say it fair, madam president, nice huh?
    --------
    Yeah... I heard a lot of people saying that in 2007 and early 2008.

    January 23, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. O'drama ya Mama

    Fair is Fair

    The left better hope she decides to run... they've got no one else on the bench. Oh yeah... Biden.
    January 23, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Watching the Republican debates will be like watching a bunch of women all trying to catch the bouquet at a wedding. It will be very entertaining to say the least.

    January 23, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Tommy G

    I guess Crazy Joe Biden is officially under the bus.

    January 23, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    The left better hope she decides to run... they've got no one else on the bench. Oh yeah... Biden.
    ---------------------–
    "Let's get ready to RUMBLE."
    "In the left corner we have Hillary Clinton." [not my first choice, but you should already know that]
    "And in the right corner we have ... ... ???"

    A month ago you might have placed Christie in the ring. He's written himself out of contention by claiming that he didn't know what his staff was doing behind his back. So, who's 'left' on the right? Perry? 9-9-9? Santorum? LOL Ryan? Palin? Jindal? Scott? Walker? You?

    January 23, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Tony

    No amount of money can remove the blood of 4 dead Americans from Hillary Clinton's hands. She needs to come clean on her role before, during and after the attack. All the Democrats have done is stonewall and protect her when she was the one supposedly leading the State Dept. They can't do it forever. The American people have caught on to the lies and stonewalling of the Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.

    January 23, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Warren
    Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder
    --------------

    I'm not a Hillary Clinton fan by any stretch, but I have to admit I find your comment offensive.

    January 23, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. smith

    @Malory- Warren! I`ll take Hil-doggX1000 over that radical nut. If after Clinton, Warren is the next best option the dems are big big trouble.

    January 23, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. tom l

    Warren clearly has a firm grasp of how the economy works. She thinks that minimum wage should be $22/hour.

    January 23, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -Hillary Clinton – Incompetent Secretary of State, Accessory to Murder

    Her ONLY accomplishment as Secretary of State was getting one of her direct reports and three others killed in Benghazi. She has absolutely no accomplishments to her name, other than sticking with her cheating husband to get positions of power. She isn't qualified to be dog catcher and should be tried and jailed for her roll in the deaths of 4 Americans.
    *********************************
    How about US Senator? She won re-election with moajority support in every demographic because she worked like hell, visiting every county in the state and listening to what people wanted and needed. Now, you can take that experience and place it next to, say, Ted Cruz, and what do you have there? A worthless windbag who truly accomplished nothing of note in his public life, and yet has every rightie panting like a slobbering basset hound on novacaine because he gives them their daily affirmation of propaganda. How about giving our allies someone who did more than jsut smile and nod at the cameras, like Condi Rice did? Only in your fever-addled mind is Clinton not qualified, because she actually is qualifed for the position, far more than Governor Traffic Study or any of the other GOP Delta-Minuses: that is what scares you.

    January 23, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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