Hillary Clinton super PAC launched

A super PAC supporting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, "Ready for Hillary," was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.


Hillary Clinton (Pablo Martinez/Associated Press)

The group is chaired by Allida Black, founder of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University and a member of the board of governors of the
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

Black was also behind a pro-Clinton PAC in the 2008 primary, WomenCount, and she pushed for Clinton's name to be put into nomination at the convention that year. (Black was a delegate from Virginia.) She told reporters at the time that she had cashed in her retirement savings to follow Clinton to 14 states. She and Judy Beck, her partner and the group's treasurer, served on Clinton's Virginia Women's Steering Committee in that election.

"Our purpose is simple: We are ready to work for Hillary to be president when she is ready to run," Black told the Center for Public Integrity, which first noticed the filing. "When our Web site launches in a few weeks, we plan to reach out to our grass-roots networks and contributors to mobilize them to support her."

According to the group's Facebook page, a former aide and a former adviser to Clinton are involved, but there is no connection to the secretary of state herself. A Twitter account has almost 50,000 followers.

Clinton has repeatedly denied that she is interested in a 2016 campaign, but polls show she is incredibly popular.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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