Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia.
The low dollar event – like many Ready for Hillary fundraisers, the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN.
Officials from the super PAC, operating with the tacit blessing of Clinton and her allies, have already made appearances in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two leadoff voting states in the presidential nominating process.
That Sellers agreed to co-host the event is significant: A young African-American state legislator and the son of a civil rights legend, Sellers was an early backer of Barack Obama’s presidential primary campaign in the state in 2008.
With overwhelming support from the state’s black voters, Obama trounced Clinton in the South Carolina primary and righted his campaign after a stunning loss a week earlier in New Hampshire. Seeing the writing on the wall that evening, Clinton picked up and left South Carolina before the final results were even tallied, flying on to the Super Tuesday state of Tennessee.
Sellers, now running for Lt. Governor, called the fundraiser “exciting” and said he wants “to do whatever we have to do to get the Democratic base excited for this November and the future of 2016.”
“I’m proud and honored people in her camp would involve me in that process,” he told CNN.
Asked if he would endorse Clinton if she decides to run again, Sellers said, “It’s hard to say you would endorse somebody who isn’t running yet.”
But, he added, “I support the former first lady. It’s early. But I do support these efforts.”