Ready for Hillary

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Ready for Hillary
Ready for Hillary.jpg
President:Amy Wills Gray, Treasurer
Chairman:Adam Parkhomenko and Allida Black, Co-founders
Party:Democratic
Year created:January 2013
Website:https://www.readyforhillary.com/
The Ready for Hillary is a super PAC urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. The group has worked to lay a groundwork of support for her potential candidacy.[1]

Leadership

The group was launched on January 22, 2013 by Adam Parkhomenko and Allida Black.[2][3] Two former Obama campaign aides joined the team in July 2013 to coordinate the grassroots campaign for Ready for Hillary.[4]

The group has also recruited help from a number of veterans from Hillary and Bill Clinton’s political operation, including former Bill Clinton strategist Harold Ickes, former Clinton White House political director Craig Smith and former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Jim Lamb advising the group on strategy, while longtime confidant James Carville recently sent out a fundraising solicitation under his name.[2]

National finance council

Billionaire George Soros joined the PAC's national finance council as the co-chair after donating $25,000 to the group on October 24, 2013. The position required a donation of at least $25,000, which at the time of Soros' donation, the Federal Election Commission reported 24 such donors. It was not known how many people sat on the council. The only other known members were Steve Mostyn and Susie Tompkins Buell.[5]

Clinton's role

Clinton is not formally connected to the group, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money.[6] Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate their message or spending with any candidate or political party, and Ready for Hillary organizers say they have had no contact with Clinton or those in her immediate circle of advisers. The Clinton camp says the same.[7] "They are an independent entity acting on their own passion. Their energy and enthusiasm to convince her to run is inspiring, though only she in the end can make that very personal decision,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.[7]

Supporters

The following figures have expressed their endorsement of Clinton's run for the presidency through appearances or fundraisers with Ready for Hillary.
Members of Congress

Governors

Public figures

  • Political strategist James Carville[14]

2014 elections

The super PAC is planning to mobilize supporters to help Democrats in Senate, gubernatorial and House races, with a focus on 2014.[15] As of October 2014, the PAC did not make any contributions to individual candidates for federal office.[16] The group did make donations to multiple state Democratic parties among other liberal groups. The state parties receiving more than $10,000 from Ready for Hillary were the Democratic parties of Iowa, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Delaware.[17]

2013 elections

See also: Virginia gubernatorial election, 2013

The first push was for Terry McAuliffe (D) for Governor in Virginia in 2013.[15] Parkhomenko commented, “We have identified a large group of Hillary supporters in Virginia. There's a very important election this November, and we're absolutely going to make sure our supporters are aware of that election. Any way our organization can help, within the legal limits, is something we'll do."[15]

Campaign finances

Comprehensive information on the fundraising and spending for Ready for Hillary is available dating back to 2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Ready for Hillary raised a total of $10,251,013 during that time period. This information was last updated on October 16, 2014.[18][19]

Ready for Hillary's Spending and Raising History
Cycle Media expenses Campaign expenses Contributions
2014 $1,981,947 $719,940 $10,251,013
Totals $1,981,947 $719,940 $10,251,013

2014 cycle

According to Open Secrets, the following five organizations were the highest donors during the 2014 election cycle.[20]

Top contributors to Ready for Hillary PAC, 2014
Francisco Partners$75,000
Soros Fund Management$75,000
Salesforce.com$55,000
Kirkland & Ellis$50,000
Metropolitan Museum of Art$37,500

FEC reports

Ready for Hillary (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$748,968.07$1,705,580.12$(1,597,305.63)$857,242.56
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$857,242.56$2,519,053.01$(2,501,933.30)$874,362.27
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2014$874,362.27$2,013,883.12$(2,099,944.31)$788,301.08
Running totals
$6,238,516.25$(6,199,183.24)
Ready for Hillary (2013) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Mid-year[24]July 31, 2013$0.00$1,253,943.91$(469,303.26)$784,640.65
Year end (amended)[25]September 2, 2013$784,640.65$2,758,552.95$(2,794,225.53)$748,968.07
Running totals
$4,012,496.86$(3,263,528.79)

Campaign fundraisers

In an effort to gear up for 2014 elections, the group will hold at least two fundraisers and information sessions in 2013.[26]

October 2013: On October 22, 2013 former Tampa, Florida Mayor Sandy Freedman hosted a fundraiser and informational session about the group.

November 2013: On November 6, 2013, the group held a Los Angeles fundraiser, with an entry fee of $20.16.[26][27] The fundraiser raised just $8,000 for the group.[27]

Philanthropist Agnes Gund held a high-end fundraiser in late November.[28]

Expenses

According to Open Secrets, the following is the five highest earning vendors hired by Ready for Hillary during the 2014 election cycle.[29]

Top vendors of Ready for Hillary PAC, 2014
Rising Tide International$1,755,545
Winward Strategies$454,923
KK Promotions/Aia Corp.$414,058
Paychex, Inc.$364,837
Infogroup$219,568

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Contact info

Ready for Hillary PAC
PO Box 7705
McLean, VA 22106
Email: info@readyforhillary.com

See also

External links


References

  1. Ready for Hillary, "About," accessed August 5, 2013
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  3. Ready for Hillary, "No Foolin' -- Ready for Hillary Super PAC Off to 'Super' Start After Just Two Months," accessed August 5, 2013
  4. The Hill, "Former Obama campaign aides join ‘Ready for Hillary’ draft effort," July 10, 2013
  5. USA Today, "George Soros backs pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC," October 24, 2013
  6. Huffington Post, "Ready For Hillary Fundraising: Pro-Clinton Super PAC Nets Over $1 Million In Contributions," July 30, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "New pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC attracts donors and worries," June 21, 2013
  8. Washington Post, "McCaskill endorses effort to draft Hillary Clinton," June 18, 2013
  9. Talking Points Memo, "'Ready For Hillary' Gets One Of Its Biggest Endorsements Yet," May 3, 2014
  10. The Hill, "Warner to fundraise for Ready for Hillary," July 16, 2014
  11. CNN, "Stabenow: Why I'm Ready for Hillary," May 22, 2014
  12. The Hill, "Joaquin Castro endorses Hillary Clinton," September 9, 2014
  13. CNN, "Embattled Jon Corzine to host Ready for Hillary Hamptons fundraiser," August 7, 2014
  14. The Washington Post, "James Carville supporting pro-Hillary super PAC," April 4, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Hill, "Ready for Hillary prepares to aid Clinton's down-ballot allies," accessed September 2, 2013
  16. Open Secrets, "Ready for Hillary," accessed October 20, 2014
  17. Open Secrets, "Ready for Hillary," accessed October 20, 2014
  18. OpenSecrets, "Ready for Hillary," accessed October 16, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary PAC," accessed October 16, 2014
  20. Open Secrets, "Ready for Hillary," accessed October 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary April Quarterly," accessed October 17, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary July Quarterly," accessed October 17, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary October Quarterly," October 15, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary Mid-Year Report," accessed October 16, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Ready for Hillary Year End," accessed October 16, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 Politico, "‘Ready for Hillary’ ramping up," accessed October 10, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 Washington Post, "‘Ready for Hillary’ campaign off and running, even if candidate isn’t yet," accessed November 11, 2013
  28. Politico, "Agnes Gund to host Ready for Hillary fundraiser," accessed November 24, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Ready for Hillary," accessed October 20, 2014