Ready for Hillary steps up presidential primary state involvement
June 19th, 2014
04:22 PM ET
1 month ago

Ready for Hillary steps up presidential primary state involvement

Washington (CNN) - A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC is stepping up its involvement in key presidential primary states – but swear they are primarily focused on 2014.

Ready for Hillary, the group that is urging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016, has donated $10,000 to the New Hampshire Democratic Party. The donation is the max the group can give to the party given their current FEC standing.

In addition to the donation, which was first reported by WMUR, Ready for Hillary will sponsor the party's 100 Club dinner.

Despite the group's obvious 2016 focus in getting Clinton elected president, a source for the group says the donation has more to do with the 2014 midterm elections.

"Expect to see us everywhere that we can be helpful in 2014," the source said. "We are looking at all of our options on how we can be helpful this year."

The New Hampshire holds the first primary in the presidential nominating contests and is widely seen as a critical state for presidential hopefuls. During her failed run at the presidency in 2008, Clinton won the popular vote in the New Hampshire primary, but ended up receiving the same number of delegates as then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

This is not Ready for Hillary's first state party donation, nor is it the group's first foray into New Hampshire politics.

The source said that Ready for Hillary has made "multiple contributions to state parties," but would not elaborate on which states.

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"We are making contributions to support ongoing efforts in these states for 2014," the source said. "We are having conversations when we make these donations and they are being made to be used right now."

In March, Ready for Hillary got involved in the race for the New Hampshire's Executive Council, the state's executive body that advises and checks the power of the governor. Because of the outsized role the state plays in presidential elections, ties to the Executive Council are important for prospective candidates.

Ready for Hillary's involvement, however, was not successful. Their candidate, Democrat Mike Cryans, lost to Republican Joe Kenney in the race.

Ready for Hillary is also exploring involvement in purchasing state Democratic voter files.

Though the group currently has a sizable voter file, buying state party data at a "fair market value" allows Ready for Hillary to give more money to the state party. These purchases would count as an exchange for services, not a donation.

"There is all that data from presidential cycles that is available from state parties and buying that data is not considered a contribution," the source said. "We have not to date purchased any data directly from the state parties, but is that an option on the table? Absolutely."

In addition to the New Hampshire donation, Ready for Hillary is on the ground in other key primary states.

The Ready for Hillary source said the group's West Coast regional director will be in Nevada on Friday for the state's Democratic Party convention. Nevada, like New Hampshire, is a key primary state in presidential politics.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Ready for Hillary
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    And the hatriots will begin to howl in 3... 2... 1....

    June 19, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. it must be said

    WOW!! $10,000!! Don't spend that all at the same watering hole Democrats!! Ready for Hillary??? Yes, we're Ready for Hillary to admit she got our people killed in Benghazi and then lied about it to save her political skin, as well as Obama's.

    June 19, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @it must be said
    WOW!! $10,000!! Don't spend that all at the same watering hole Democrats!! Ready for Hillary??? Yes, we're Ready for Hillary to admit she got our people killed in Benghazi and then lied about it to save her political skin, as well as Obama's.
    -----------
    I see have gotten to step 4 of the conspiracy theory:
    1st version conspiracy – it was mismanaged
    2nd version conspiracy – it was lied about
    3rd version conspiracy – no one cared and they lied
    4th version conspiracy – they actually caused the deaths
    5th version conspiracy – they planned and caused the deaths
    6th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship
    7th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship with space alien help

    June 19, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. PaulG

    Love it when you oppose their agenda and become a terrorist.

    June 19, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Steve, New York City

    Wow - already getting tired of the 17 articles per day about Miss Ego. I guess it only gets worse from here.

    I'm FAR FROM being a Hillary fan – but if the GOP puts forward some right wing nut that thinks global warming is just about politics, makes crazy comments about rape victims or expresses similar shockingly stupid views on other subjects (Governor Perry – this means you), I'll (somewhat unfortunately) be voting for Hillary in 2016.

    June 19, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Does CNN have any pictures of Hillary Clinton that don't make her look like a cold blooded psycho killer?

    June 19, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "The donation is the max the group can give to the party given their current FEC standing."

    Man, they should hire whoever was helping Scott Walker coordinate with AFP and Crossroads and the rest in order to raise and distribute money and plan how it would be spent, etc. Oh wait...that's right...that's all illegal and criminal and being proven to be true about Scott Walker today, so obviously CNN is carefully avoiding any reporting on it.

    June 19, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    it must be said
    Been paying much attention to the news lately, sweetpea? Apparently not. Sorry but I think your "Benghazi Party" is about to go belly up. Hills still a private citizen. Wouldn't it be funny if she started sueing people like Randy Paul for everything he now has or ever will? Don't you think that would be funny? And maybe since she is such an "EVIL" person she can sue CNN to get the names of all the posters here, and take them to court too. Wouldn't that be funny?

    June 19, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    So, let me get this straight... a Democratic group is limited to 10,000 dollars they can donate to their candidate, but the koch brothers and other oil billionaires can donate unlimited amounts of money to whatever candidate they want and don't even have to acknowledge they spent millions to back these crazed loons like cruz, paul, palin, and the rest of the wingnuts.
    republicant bubble world report... that seems fair (and balanced).

    "Yes, we're Ready for Hillary to admit she got our people killed in Benghazi and then lied about it to save her political skin, as well as Obama's."

    Sure, I'll back you as soon bush, cheney, rummy, wolfowitz, rove and the rest of the war criminals who created the mess which led to 100's of thousands if not millions of deaths (including the atmosphere that created the criminals who perpetrated these crimes you keep shrilly screaming and flailing around wildly about) are sentenced, jailed and/or hung.

    Then I will listen to your nonsensical argument... until then STFU.

    June 19, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Van

    I guess its clear why they used to call this the Clinton News Network. We are a long way out and its every other story. As they say there are other places to get news.

    June 19, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Ray

    I have a question what has Hillary ever done on her own that was a success. Surely it was as S o S. She left State a
    mess for Kerry to clean up.

    June 19, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Does CNN have any pictures of Hillary Clinton that don't make her look like a cold blooded psycho killer?"

    I'm sure they'll come out with one as soon as you turds grow up and stop posting under other posters' names to put words in their mouths.

    June 19, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    Ol' Yeller - I substantially agree with your comments – ESPECIALLY about the neocons. As a bare minimum, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith should all be on trial for treason – for economically (and morally) bankrupting our government with the MONUMENTALLY STUPID 2003 Iraq Invasion (I'd spare Bush '43 - nice guy, but was not bright enough to know better - he's kind of like Rick Perry with a "good heart").

    Van – I partially agree – also getting sick of seeing 1,000 articles about Hillary. . . .but unless the GOP puts forward someone like Chris Christie, I'll likely vote for Hillary in 2016.

    June 19, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    Wow,
    A whole ten thousand dollars! We cooking with gas now! Sniffit don't like your picture of Hillary. Me neither. Maybe you can substitute a good looking babe. Ten thousand dollars not even fill up one plate at democrat fund raising in Hollywood. But pretty soon it fill up your gas tank.

    June 19, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Kinard

    If she runs, she wins. Can't understand why anyone would want to be the leader of this rag tag bunch of nut jobs, but someone has to do it. There's not a day goes by when someone doesn't gripe about something. Poor crying babies.

    June 19, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Thomas

    What about Bill , will he be staying in the white house ?

    Maybe he could run for Vice President , or maybe he will be Secretary of State , or Drug Czar .

    June 19, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. semper fi

    Please keep writing books....stay away from politics..you are better and editing.

    June 20, 2014 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  18. Thomas

    In other News ,
    “Sen. Santorum is a conservative leader, guided by his faith and unwavering principle "

    It's great to hear a man with deep convictions speak out about birth control at a time when the world is becoming crowded .

    June 20, 2014 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  19. Marie MD

    @it must be said, four out of every five doctors recommend that teatrolls step out of the airless bubble at least once a month to clear their heads.
    Heck, cantor spent over $1K on steak dinners and he lost. Imagine that.
    This is only the beginning as soon as Hillary makes a decision the money, and more importantly, the voters will come out in droves. 2012 showed us that you can't buy an election in the US.

    June 20, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. sifto

    Tired of stories about hilary and comments from her few loyal followers..daily dose..I used to like her, but getting too boring...

    June 20, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |