It’s not just pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs that are gearing up for a potential presidential run. The Stop Hillary PAC brought in more than half a million dollars and signed up 250,000 supporters since it started last summer, according to its spokesperson.
“In leading the stop-Hilary effort, we are actively investing in identifying, recruiting, and signing up supporters to stop Hillary. To stop Hillary in 2016 we will be active this midterm election helping to defeat candidates she endorses and shadow her wherever she goes,” said Stop Hillary PAC’s Garrett Marquis.
The group has also released a slick Web video and filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary is improperly coordinating with Clinton’s dormant 2008 presidential campaign by renting its email list. (Ready for Hillary has dismissed the claim as baseless.)
Unlike some conservative groups already involved in 2016, the Stop Hillary PAC is dedicated solely to fighting Clinton. And while there are several super PACs with the same goal, the Stop Hillary PAC has raised the most money and is so far the most active.
Colorado state Sen. Ted Harvey, who also served in the Reagan administration, is the honorary chairman of the group, which also includes national spokesman Marquis, political director Alex Shively, operational director Jacob Leis, and treasurer and general counselor Dan Backer.
It has some catching up to do, however, to Ready for Hillary, the main pro-Clinton super PAC, which has raised more than $5.75 million and has signed up 2 million supporters. But as the presidential election comes more into focus, groups working against Clinton are sure to find more support.
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Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
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