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Clinton Super PAC Keeping Out of Midterm Races

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 12:18 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action, which relaunched last month to get behind Hillary Clinton’s possible run for the White House, is planning to stay out of the campaigns for the November elections.

Peter Kauffmann, the spokesman for the Democratic Party’s largest political action committee, declared that his group would not be getting taking part in either the House or the Senate races, according to BuzzFeed.

Referring to other leading groups supporting Democratic candidates, he said, “House Majority PAC and Majority PAC are doing everything right and making a real difference. We fully support their efforts.”

Priorities USA co-founder Sean Sweeney, a former Obama aide, also said that his organization planned to let the other two groups “take the lead on House and Senate races.”

Priorities USA raised $65 million to help President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, but switched gears last month to lay the groundwork for Hillary’s potential campaign.

But it was originally believed that the super PAC, which was founded in 2011 to re-elect Obama with seed money from Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, had planned to back Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in her attempt to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Katzenberg had raised more than $1 million for Grimes during elaborate fundraising efforts last year in California.

Earlier this week it was revealed that the overwhelming support for Clinton possible run for the Democratic presidential nomination had fueled fears that it could hurt the financial resources of the party's Senate candidates in the November midterms elections.

And The Wall Street Journal said the concern was that wealthy donors would just hand over lump sums to Priorities USA to help Clinton, instead of donating to PACs supporting candidates in the House and the Senate. Priorities USA was said to be mulling over a plan to ask donors to hold off making large donations until after the November elections.

Although Clinton has not yet decided whether to enter the presidential race, BuzzFeed says several Democratic nonprofits, such as Ready for Hillary, American Bridge, and EMILY’s List, have already thrown their support behind the former Secretary of State.

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