Super PAC preparing for Clinton candidacy beefs up fund-raising wing
March 31st, 2013
08:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Super PAC preparing for Clinton candidacy beefs up fund-raising wing

(CNN) - The group's name says it all: The "Ready For Hillary PAC" is increasingly its readiness for a possible future presidential bid from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A source familiar with the group's fund-raising plans told CNN on Sunday that the group has brought on board a national finance director and is assembling a team of regional fund-raising leaders.

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Matt Felan, the deputy national finance director on Clinton's 2008 presidential bid, will lead the group's fund-raising. The regional fund-raisers will have ties to past top donors to Clinton, the source said.

"Few people understand the Clinton donor network better than Matt," the source said. "He is making calls and has received widespread positive response. Checks are starting to come in the door. Money shouldn't be a problem."

The source added that several bundlers who aided Clinton in 2008 had already donated to this super PAC. Bundlers pull together individual donations to bring in the huge sums campaigns need.

Clinton's 2008 campaign raised $220 million in donations, according to Federal Election Commission records.

A series of polls conducted this month, including a national one and several state-level polls, found Clinton ahead of other potential presidential candidates.

She has largely stayed out of the spotlight since stepping down from her State Department post in early February, though she has released a video announcing her support for same-sex marriage and will speak this week at the annual Women in the World Summit in New York.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Please run Hillary. You have my vote and the vote Millions and Millions other Americans

    March 31, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. king

    the repubs will find out that the obstructionist frenzy they played with Obama, ever since Scott brown was elected to the senate in 2010, wont work with madam Clinton. they have rejected grand bargains 3 times to reduce the budget, yet they scream every day about budget deficit, they cannot govern because they signed their governance away to lobbyist not to raise taxes on the rich. while the rich is sucking up American money, hiding from the tax man in the caymans, Swiss banks, and building china, economy and arm forces. this is why North Korea is acting like that, because they know china will not allow America to attack them so near to their border. and the Chinese military is now a formidable foe to the united states since wall street have been investing like rabbits and they are using the money to build up their arm forces. someone once told me that money doesn't have conscience, moral, nor intelligence. its only premise is greed.

    March 31, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    Hillary Clinton is going to be 69 in 2016—the proper name of the organisation would be The "Over The Hill-ary PAC."

    March 31, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. ST

    Though I support Hillary to run come 2016 BUT I do think they should have waited until after next mid-term election. If you come up early, you give the opposition side ample time to prepare their attacks which is not necessary. As we learnt from the past election, money is not everything. With all the money Romney accumulated, he was not able to pass through a well organised, smart, mindful campaign of the current President.

    March 31, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Darryl

    If Hillary runs ? She will absolutely win ...............Hands down ! It's all about TRUST and the Republican party has clearly shown they are NOT to be trusted period.

    March 31, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    America is ready for a woman to be president. Hillary Clinton in 2016!

    March 31, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Totally opposed to her, and hope she absolutely can't win the primary, much less, the general election. She would be just as bad as Obama, if not WORSE!

    March 31, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Bessy

    Go for it Hillary ! You have my family's vote.

    March 31, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. A Democrat

    Raising money for a candidate that isn't a candidate? This is what's wrong with our process. If she decides to run, she will have no problem organizing. Until SHE decides to run, if she does, focus your energy and abilities on governing not running.

    March 31, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Peace

    I have a little advice to the "The Ready for Hillary PAC". Please do not focus on collecting money first. Money will come anyhow. Focus on the very, very Team which delivered victory to Pres. Obama. They are fully aware of what has to be done. Keep this group intact and don't let even a single person skip away. I can assure you, you will be successful even with little money you might collect.

    March 31, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    Totally opposed to her, and hope she absolutely can't win the primary, much less, the general election. She would be just as bad as Obama, if not WORSE!

    I'm just glad GW Bush couldn't run a third time , guys like you would vote for him .

    March 31, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Hillary16. We loveHillary!!!

    March 31, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Um, Well,
    If you support the Nanny State of course you want Hillary. However you may want a job more so Hillary will be no friend. What the country needs is John Wayne, not Mother Teresa. Republician Govoners have been getting State budgets in balance something you should want in Washington.

    March 31, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Getoverit

    Focus on the very, very Team which delivered victory to Pres. Obama. They are fully aware of what has to be done.
    Yep. Discredit, slander, and lie. And the left wing media will help you do all of that.

    March 31, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Peace

    There you get it right bro/sister. If that is what you believe in, then one outlet right wing network can not over come the rest. Romney had his Team. They looked like sheep grazing in the field and not aware where to go. Thats why I recommend Obama Campaign Team. These people are superb, they know what it takes to win.

    March 31, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. mightyduk

    Keep the toward momentum going.
    Hillary 2016 !!!

    March 31, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Pete

    All you republicans remember what you've said about Hillary today in age ,authority and other negetives..Remember your hero in that senile Reagan was 70 when first elected and hid his alzheimers,dementia till he left office having his wife making most of his decisions his son said..He couldn't remember selling saren gas to dictators Kadafi or Saddim Hussein to use on their own citizens and sold illegal arms using CIA operatives as curriers handling his shipments till they were caught ,remember I do,but as usual Reagan didn't...But as usual having selective memory like most of you republican hypocrites do you don't remember Nixon in Watergate or what Bush did either in Iraq or mainstreet either do yah ...To bad nothing can compare to the debacles your presidents since Hoovers Great Depression can come close to or ever will..But keep on trying republicans your party is definitly the party of screwups isn't it,historicly pathedic,politically inept!!!

    March 31, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |