Ready for Hillary is building a national network to benefit Clinton should she decide to seek the presidency in 2016. As a super PAC, the organization can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money but cannot formally coordinate with the Clinton family or its representatives. The super PAC announced that it took in an eyebrow-raising $4 million in 2013.
The group drew an average of $82 from more than 33,000 individual donors (about 98 percent of donations were for less than $100). Ready for Hillary raised money in all 50 states and also took donations from U.S. territories and Americans living abroad.
Fundraising picked up for the group in the second half of 2013, when it increased the number of events held and raked in $2.75 million. The PAC often charges $20.16 for entrance to fundraisers; more than half of its donations came in this numerically clever amount.
The organization voluntarily capped donations at $25,000, leaving Priorities USA, which is transforming from a pro-Obama organization, to garner large donors and focus on major advertising campaigns for Clinton’s potential candidacy.
Ready for Hillary’s executive director, Adam Parkhomenko, said, “Thanks to the groundswell of enthusiasm for Hillary’s potential run and the steadfast commitment of our supporters, we have exceeded our goals and are ahead of schedule in raising the funds necessary to build a grassroots army that can be activated the moment Hillary makes a decision.”
Though the former secretary of state remains publicly undecided about her political future, the super PAC has plowed ahead. In addition to raising money, it is also focused on building some of the basic framework for a Clinton candidacy.
Parkhomenko added that the funds were “immediately reinvested in list-building, digital advertising and on-the-ground organizing to make sure that if Hillary decides to jump in the race, she will have as many supporters as possible lined up from the beginning ready to help her win.”
A full Federal Elections Commission report about Ready for Hillary’s finances will be released next month.