Hillary super PAC gearing up
'Ready for Hilary' website will go live in 2-3 weeks
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes her exit from Foggy Bottom, there's a super PAC already waiting in the wings to support her in a potential 2016 presidential run.
While the group, "Ready for Hillary," won't go live with its website for another two or three weeks, its founders filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
"We want to be ready to help Hillary when Hillary is ready to run," explained Allida Black, the group's chair.
Black said the endeavor was started by seven Clinton supporters with an "extensive network" for fundraising and building grassroots support. While they want to be a "significant fundraising vehicle" at some point, Black said that's not their main focus now as they build the infrastructure of the organization.
The group's Twitter account, created a little more than two months ago, has nearly 50,000 followers. "And we haven't really done anything yet," Black said, sounding surprised at the turnout.
While Black and other founders have volunteered for Clinton, she stressed that she is in no way part of Clinton's close pack of advisers. "This is not a coordinated overture from 'Hillaryland.'"
For now the goal is to lay groundwork and generate grassroots support, but she didn't rule out spending money on favorable ad time for Clinton--even before the former senator and first lady makes her decision. "We'd love to do that," she said, though adding it depends on how much money the group takes in.
To say Black is an avid Clinton supporter would be an understatement. She said during Clinton's 2008 campaign she traveled to 14 states, knocked on 5,000 doors, made 15,000 phone calls, and went to 500 house parties. Black, who served as a Virginia delegate whip at the Democratic convention, made headlines when she helped lead efforts to push for a floor vote on the nomination.
She also helped create WomenCount PAC, a pro-Clinton group that raised more than $443,000 during the 2008 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
A human rights historian who worked with George Washington University for 20 years, Black said she's been following Clinton's career for three decades. Or as she put it, Hillary was the reason she first voted for Bill in 1992.
From health care to rural poverty to education, Black said Clinton has long advocated causes that are "near and dear" to her heart.
"I marched with Dr. King, but Hillary Clinton really is the leader of my lifetime," Black said.
Clinton has repeatedly brushed off the idea of running for office again, but she didn't totally nix the concept during her joint interview with President Obama that aired Sunday night.
"The president and I care deeply about what's going to happen for our country in the future, and I don't think, you know, either he or I can make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow or... or the next year," she said in the "60 Minutes" interview on CBS.
For Black, she said she believes "public service is in (Clinton's) DNA" and it would be "biologically impossible" for her to say no.
But if she decides to pass on a second presidential bid, Black said she'll continue to support Clinton in whatever she does.
"I'll be bitterly disappointed, but I trust her judgment," Black said.
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