Ready for Hillary, the super PAC whose main objective is to propel Hillary Clinton into the White House in 2016, has decided to come to the aid of her down-ballot supporters in various campaigns leading into the midterm elections next year, the Hill Reports.
But the first Democrat to benefit from this decision will be longtime Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor in Virginia this year.
“We have identified a large group of Hillary supporters in Virginia,” said Ready for Hillary executive director Adam Parkhomenko.
“There's a very important election this November, and we're absolutely going to make sure our supporters are aware of that election.
Any way our organization can help, within the legal limits, is something we'll do.”
Though the super PAC will use its influence to mobilize supporters for Democrats such as McAuliffe, it is still Clinton herself who will dictate the moves of the organization through her endorsements of candidates. Once she gives the nod, Ready For Hillary plans to use all its resources to guarantee success.
The organization is also planning to act somewhat independently for certain candidates in 2014.
“That's something we're talking about — You're going to see the PAC start to get involved in the midterms,” Parkhomenko says.
One high-profile backer of Ready For Hillary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, said the super PAC will be relentless in its efforts to ensure Democratic success next year because regaining a majority in Congress is the key for Clinton or any Democrat running for president to be successful.
“Whoever the next Democratic president is, they don't want to be saddled with the same congress that President Obama has — you don't want a presidency where you're playing defense the whole time,” Granholm said.
“It's important for the Democratic Party that people get out there and change the dynamics so you don't have a paralyzed congress.”
After its high-profile launch in January, Ready for Hillary has been relatively quiet in recent months, staffing up and planning for the fall when the focus will turn to fundraising, with more than a dozen events being set up across the country including in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
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