Top Hillary supporters launch ‘Correct the Record’ effort

November 1, 2013

The Democratic super PAC American Bridge is launching a new effort to "Correct the Record" about the party's potential 2016 presidential candidates -- most notably Hillary Clinton.

Leading that new effort just happens to be a former senior adviser to Clinton, Burns Strider, and a top Clinton donor, Susie Tompkins Buell. Strider was Clinton's 2008 director of faith-based outreach, and Buell is a big-time Clinton fundraiser who is helping fund the new effort.

While the "Correct the Record" effort is geared toward all Democratic candidates, Clinton's record is clearly the most at-stake these days, particularly given her status as the clear Democratic front-runner and the continued GOP attacks on her handling of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

American Bridge's founder, David Brock, recently authored a book called "The Benghazi Hoax," hitting Republican critics of Clinton.

“In this early period, 'Correct the Record' will aggressively challenge false right-wing attacks before they take hold and expose the fraudulent sources of these attacks to the public," Brock said in a statement, noting GOP super PACs have already put Clinton in the crosshairs.

Others who will be working on the project include Democratic consultant Isaac Wright, Rep. Loretta Sanchez's (D-Calif.) chief of staff Adrienne Elrod -- a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide -- and former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) aide Sam Ritzman. Wright will lead daily operations, while Elrod will be chief spokeswoman, and Ritzman will focus on research.

The staff for the project will be 20 people strong, according to American Bridge. The super PAC is known for research and messaging rather than running TV ads.

Others funding the effort include Rob McKay, Steve Bing, Bernard Schwartz, Paul Egerman and Barbara Stiefel.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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