World of Clinton super PACs growing
April 21st, 2014
12:12 PM ET
7 months ago

World of Clinton super PACs growing

Washington (CNN) - How many variations of Hillary Clinton 2016 can you think of?

It's an operative question for those organizing super PACs around a possible Clinton run at the presidency in 2016. Here’s a partial list of what is already taken: HillaryPAC, Hillary For The Win, Time for Hillary, Ready for Hillary, Madam Hillary 2016 and Hillary Clinton Super PAC.

Now add another to the list: Hillary 2016 PAC.

For most of these groups, Clinton is just a politician they have watched from afar. They don't have connections to her or her advisers. And while their excitement could be an asset to a hypothetical Clinton campaign, they could also open Clinton up to a wealth of questions and concerns.

Hillary 2016 PAC, which organized with the Federal Election Commission earlier this year, is run by two young politicos – Eric Williams and Kelley Johnson – who have some local organizing experience but are new to the Clinton world.

"We don't have any ties. We don't have any contacts," Williams said about Clinton-land. "What we do have is a team of people who have a mission and a purpose and a desire for her to become president."

Williams certainly has passion. When the 22-year old from Mobile, Alabama talks about Clinton, the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, his voice quickens and raises with youthful exuberance.

Williams, who splits time as a managing partner at a chain of tax and accounting shops in Northern Virginia, said he was drawn to start a pro-Clinton super PAC for two reasons: his admiration for the former secretary of state and the fact that he feels he knows how to get young people to vote.

The group will host its first fundraiser in June at Pinstripes, a new sports bar in Washington’s tony Georgetown neighborhood. Williams, who hopes to target millennial voters, said the super PAC plans to hold a fundraiser each month after that.

"Our goal is to create grassroots support for a Hillary Clinton presidency," Williams said. "As far as fundraising, we are really looking to build a mega-bank of grassroots supporters. It is our mission in our first year to be able to build a support bank of 2.5 million supporters."

The group's goals are similar to that of Ready for Hillary, a pro-Clinton super PAC which has already raised over $5 million and is focused on expanding an email list of Clinton supporters and on-the-ground organizing. That, however, is where the similarities end. Williams' PAC has no connections to Clinton, while Ready for Hillary was founded by two former Clinton aides, and some of its senior advisers have known Clinton for decades.

Williams said his group never talked about trying to work with Ready for Hillary, and that while the groups may have similar goals, their PAC has "different ways of achieving that goal," emphasizing the fact that they aren't "insiders" who have connections to Clinton.

The fact that so many young politicos are already organizing for Clinton could be seen as a positive: their excitement would give a possible 2016 Clinton campaign the buzz and excitement that the former first lady's 2008 campaign lacked.

But advisers close to Clinton privately have reservations about the different groups promoting her potential 2016 campaign. With free-wheeling, unattached politicos using her name to raise money, there are concerns that if a small super PAC makes a big mistake, it could reflect poorly on her.

Williams, who seemed to bask in the fact his PAC was "new" and didn't have Clinton ties, said he is very aware that his actions now reflect on Clinton.

As for whether Williams and his counterparts want jobs with a hypothetical Clinton campaign, Williams played coy.

"At this current moment, that is not an interest of ours," he said, pausing before he added this caveat: "But of course we are always open to anything. Times change and things change."


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    She will be Queen !

    Why not .

    April 21, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The continuing power grab of the Dems, is well underway. They will spend as much money, as it takes, to keep power in America, and turn us into a nation of slaves under the dictatorship, of the Democrats.

    Freedom is going to cease to exist in America, and eventually around the world.

    April 21, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. PaulCat

    I'll give my money to one of these PAC's the second she announce she's go to run.

    April 21, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Gunderson

    Holy IRS Investigations,
    Will IRS hold up these "Pacs" like they did the Tea Party Groups. Old Gunderson knows Ignorance still abounds thru out the land. On second thought these are the Nanny Staters that can't make it on their own so more handouts please! All together now, Hillary, Hillary, hillary !!!

    April 21, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Hillary can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt Romney style.

    April 21, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Dead Bear

    Regardless of which party benefits from them, I have a serious problem with PAC's and unlimited campaign contributions the SCOTUS has deemed constitutional. That all being said, I would love to see Citizen's United and McCutcheon backfire in the GOP's face since they arrogantly assume these decisions will only help their party.

    April 21, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    If she decides to run, she will need this financial support to offset the the Koch and other bank-rollers hiding behind the Tea Party and other phony "grass-roots" simulations. We cannot let the radical right turn this country into a corporate theocracy.

    April 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Strident and irrational comments about the loss of freedom are nothing but hollow echoes of propoganda pushed daily by conservative political talk show entertainers. Freedom will continue to thrive regardless of who wins the White House. The election of Hillary in 2016 will a testament to the strength and vibrancy of democracy in America.

    April 21, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. smith

    @Silence-Democrat political donor Tom Steyer just donated 100 million dollars for mid-terms. The Dems got their high rollers as well.

    April 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Is it true that Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi is treasurer for the RNC ?

    April 21, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. rla

    Watch out BIDEN is running- Anyone voting for this manufactured democrat– like Obama- needs their head examined.. For all her possibilities name one thing she has accomplished?

    April 21, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. devil's advocate

    Of your company was struggling, and 95% of the money was going to 1% of the company, think its safe to say, changes would be made, in order to make the company sustainable. It really is that simple.

    April 21, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. bobo

    Oh.... Now super PACs are good?

    April 21, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Hillary can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt Romney style.
    -------
    Why do you feel it necessary to post that on every thread, every day? You're going to look quite foolish when Jeb Bush is not the nominee (and he won't be).

    April 21, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |