Ready for Hillary is anything but a traditional political group. But it’s now looking to influence elections the old-fashioned way — by writing checks to candidates.
The super PAC, which has been building support for a potential Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential bid since early last year, established a new account Wednesday that will allow it to make direct contributions to candidates and other political committees, providing the group with another avenue to aide Democrats in the 2014 midterms.
As a hybrid PAC, Ready for Hillary will now maintain two separate accounts: One that can raise unlimited amounts of cash for independent expenditures, but may not directly donate to candidates, and another that can accept capped donations, but may send hard money to candidates’ campaigns.
“Ready for Hillary and our more than 2 million supporters are not only excited about encouraging Hillary to run in 2016, but also excited to be working to elect Democrats in 2014,” spokesman Seth Bringman said. “This is another tool that we now have available to us to help in that effort.”
The group hasn’t signaled which candidates in particular it will support this year. But Ready for Hillary staff has met with 2014 campaign staffs in key states, including New Hampshire. While they can’t coordinate, the group’s representatives can repeat statements they’ve made in public about wanting to help midterm candidates in any way they can.
In addition, Ready for Hillary plans to direct donors to make donations in $20.16 increments to midterm candidates, so the campaigns will know the money came at the behest of the pro-Clinton group.
Previously, the group has helped with get-out-the-vote efforts in a local Executive Council race in the Granite State last March, as it did in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial and New York City mayoral races.
As Ready for Hillary prepares to take on a new role in the midterms, a handful of big Democratic names should help it bring in plenty of cash over the next few weeks. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are all slated to headline fundraisers for the group in June. Ready for Hillary raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year and ended March with more than $850,000 in the bank.
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