Departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has yet to announce her future political plans — if any — but already two super-political action committees have formed to promote her as the Democratic Party’s logical choice for president in 2016.
Both the groups have filed papers establishing themselves with the Federal Election Commission. Under federal law, anyone can form a super-PAC to support or oppose any candidate. The PACs can’t coordinate activities with the candidate, who nevetheless can raise money for the committee.
A Facebook page says “Ready for Hillary” was set up by supporters of her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. The Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, a political watchdog group, identifed one of the the PAC’s leader as Allida Black, a professor at George Washington University and a longtime Clinton backer.
The second pro-Clinton group — with the striaght-forward name of Hillary Clinton Super -PAC — that registered with the FEC is based in Davenport, Iowa, not coincidentally the state where the presidential nomination process begins every four years. No official word yet on this group’s honchos.