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3 major Democratic fundraisers to help raise money for potential Hillary Clinton run

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the involvement of Emily's List founder Ellen Malcolm. Malcolm wrote a testimonial praising Clinton for Ready for Hillary, which the super PAC is using to solicit funds on its website, but Malcolm is not actively raising money for the group.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving awards from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, February 14, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Hillary Rodham Clinton may be far from making a decision about another presidential campaign, but three heavyweight Democratic fundraisers have signed on to help raise money for the cause.

Susie Tompkins Buell, a San Francisco philanthropist and co-founder of the Esprit clothing line, and Steve and Amber Mostyn, Houston trial lawyers who helped bankroll a super PAC that worked to reelect President Obama last year, are leading the fundraising efforts of a fledgling group called Ready for Hillary.

The pro-Clinton super PAC launched its National Finance Council on Tuesday, naming Buell and the Mostyns as founding members. Ready for Hillary, begun this year by Clinton supporters, is urging the former secretary of state and first lady to run for president in 2016 and is working to assemble a grass-roots coalition on her behalf.

“Ready for Hillary is the wisest investment right now for anyone who wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president,” Buell said in a statement. “Its founders are innovative and dedicated; they are building a massive grassroots movement of Hillary supporters across all 50 states to show Hillary how ready the nation is for her to be president.”

Amber Mostyn said in a statement that the group plans to help organize “a grassroots army for Hillary” to make her the first female president of the country.

“President Obama demonstrated that Democrats win the presidency by organizing early, harnessing the energy of everyday Americans and maximizing the use of social media,” Mostyn said. Her husband, Steve, added, “Hillary is the best candidate to build on the progress President Obama has made.”

The McLean-based political action committee has hired Craig T. Smith, who served as White House political director under Bill Clinton, in a senior leadership role, and Seth Bringman, a Democratic operative in Ohio and aide on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. Harold Ickes and James Carville, former advisers to Bill Clinton, have been helping Ready for Hillary raise money. The group said it has raised money from 3,000 donors.

Buell made waves last year when she told the San Francisco Chronicle that she was boycotting Obama’s reelection campaign fundraisers because she did not think he had demonstrated enough leadership on climate change. The Mostyns have donated millions of dollars to Democratic causes, including $3 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC.

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Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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