Pro-Hillary Clinton Super-PAC Raises $4 Million

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Volunteers with the national organization “Ready for Hillary” rally outside The Beverly Wilshire Hotel where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being honored with an award by the Pacific Council on International Policy on May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

Ready for Hillary, a super-political action committee dedicated to electing Democrat Hillary Clinton president in 2016 — should she choose to run — raised $4 million last year.

The group amassed a “grassroots army” of 33,361 donors in its first year of existence, super-PAC officials said in a news release. Super-PACs can accept unlimited amounts of money from donors, but Ready for Hillary has a self-imposed cap of $25,000 per person.

Founded by Adam Parkhomenko, a 2008 Clinton presidential campaign aide, the super-PAC has picked up big-name supporters, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, billionaire investor George Soros and Harold Ickes, a longtime Clinton adviser.

“Thanks to the groundswell of enthusiasm for Hillary’s potential run and the steadfast commitment of our supporters, we have exceeded our goals and are ahead of schedule in raising the funds necessary to build a grassroots army that can be activated the moment Hillary makes a decision,” Parkhomenko said in a statement issued yesterday.

Clinton, who last year stepped down as secretary of state, has occasionally given speeches and hasn’t indicated when she’ll make a decision about 2016.

The super-PAC wouldn’t be able to coordinate with Clinton as a candidate. It could, however, sell or lease its supporter information to her campaign. It could also refer supporters to her campaign website if she makes a run official.

Ready for Hillary isn’t the only political group preparing for Clinton.

There’s also a Stop Hillary PAC at the ready.

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