Ready for Hillary Readies Its Ground Forces

The pro-Clinton super PAC is hiring four regional organizing directors to coordinate efforts on the ground across the country.

A small group of volunteers with the national organization "Ready for Hillary" rally outside The Beverly Wilshire Hotel where former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being honored with an award by the Pacific Council on International Policy, May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. The supporters were urging Clinton to run for president in 2016.
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Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
April 16, 2014, 10:39 a.m.

Ready for Hil­lary an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it is hir­ing four re­gion­al dir­ect­ors to co­ordin­ate its on-the-ground or­gan­iz­ing activ­it­ies across the coun­try as it builds sup­port for a po­ten­tial Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­id­en­tial run.

“The re­gion­al or­gan­iz­ing dir­ect­ors will en­gage sup­port­ers in Ready for Hil­lary’s ef­forts and build an in­fra­struc­ture of vo­lun­teers throughout their re­spect­ive re­gions, while over­see­ing mul­tiple high-pri­or­ity pro­grams to grow a massive list of Hil­lary sup­port­ers,” the group said. “Moreover, the dir­ect­ors will mo­bil­ize sup­port­ers to chan­nel the grass­roots en­thu­si­asm for a po­ten­tial Hil­lary 2016 can­did­acy in­to ef­forts to help elect Demo­crats in this year’s midterm elec­tions.”

Jes­sica Mejia, who served as state field dir­ect­or for Clin­ton’s 2008 pres­id­en­tial cam­paign in Col­or­ado, will man­age or­gan­iz­ing op­er­a­tions in the West.

To cov­er the South, Ready for Hil­lary has hired Hans Goff, who worked on the staff of Mark Warner and was an aide to Barack Obama’s 2012 cam­paign. Goff is a seni­or as­so­ci­ate at AS­GK Pub­lic Strategies.

For the Mid­w­est, Ready for Hil­lary has brought on Derek Eadon, the founder of Blue­print Strategies, a polit­ic­al con­sultancy, who also worked on both of Obama’s pres­id­en­tial cam­paigns.

And for the North­east, the group is hir­ing Sean Downey, the former ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the New Jer­sey Demo­crat­ic State Com­mit­tee, who has also worked on cam­paigns in Con­necti­c­ut, Mas­sachu­setts, and New Hamp­shire.

The group has ex­pan­ded its grass­roots or­gan­iz­ing ef­forts dra­mat­ic­ally since it star­ted in early 2013, and is now hir­ing on-the-ground staff for the first time. The su­per PAC brought in $1.7 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions in the first three months of this year, and has been hold­ing nu­mer­ous events around the coun­try, in­clud­ing sev­er­al with high-pro­file Demo­crats or celebrit­ies to boost in­terest.

COR­REC­TION: An earli­er ver­sion of this story mis­stated the amount of money Ready for Hil­lary raised this quarter. It was $1.7 mil­lion. An earli­er ver­sion also mis­stated the city’s may­or for whom Goff worked.

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