First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York
June 27th, 2013
10:20 AM ET
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First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York

Washington (CNN) - The movement to "Stop Hillary" is coming to Hillary Clinton's backyard.

America Rising, the political action committee chaired by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, is organizing an "Inaugural Stop Hillary 2016 Luncheon" for Republican donors in Manhattan, CNN has learned.

The July 10 session will be hosted by Matt Rhoades, Romney's former campaign chief and the chairman of America Rising, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.

One New York finance source said the event might not attract some top-tier Republican donors who have friendly relationships with Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, from the philanthropic world. But this person predicted that reliable GOP donors should be intrigued nonetheless.

"This campaign that they started is a hook for people, it's a draw for people," the source said. "The only entity, other than the Republican Governors Association maybe, that is really focused on anybody running in 2016, or any of these governor's races, is America Rising. This will be a test to see who is going to show up and who is interested."

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Along with the luncheon, emissaries from America Rising are also arranging one-on-one meetings with some of the city's leading GOP bundlers, a Republican source said.

The July fundraising swing represents the first step in formal outreach to the GOP money set for America Rising, an independent group that launched this spring with the purpose of tracking and collecting negative research on Democratic candidates – with a special focus on the Democrats eyeing a presidential bid in 2016.

The PAC is bringing on a finance director in July to help kick start its fundraising efforts.

Their anti-Clinton effort – – launched last week, an initiative first reported by CNN. "America Rising was formed to prevent Americans from ever having to see another Clinton in the White House," the group said.

America Rising has a separate wing, America Rising LLC, that provides research, tracking video, and communications consulting to committees, PACs, campaigns and issue advocacy groups.

Two leading pro-Republican groups, Karl Rove's American Crossroads and David Bossie's Citizens United, have hired America Rising. The group also worked with two outside groups involved in the Massachusetts special Senate election and is dabbling in this year's Virginia governor's race.

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  1. saywhat

    The Party of War and that just not stands only for the neocon dominated GOP but that whole mindest in the fabric of our society, has been our undoing.
    Right from 9/11 to Iraq & Afghanistan to a deregulated Wall Street to the dominance of militarism and MIC, the Carlyle Group, Haliburton, Blackwater, trillions missing from DOD. legacy of corruption & torture from these 'wars'. Patriot Act the compromised civil liberties, 'Mission accomplished', God the crimes. To haunt this nation no matter who gets elected to lead us.

    June 27, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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