Hillary Clinton may not have yet announced whether she's running for president in 2016, but the Ready for Hillary super PAC acts as if she has — and some Democrats in early voting states are being badgered by the group's fund-raising emails.
"I’ll be ready for Hillary when Hillary’s ready for Hillary," Bill Verge, a Democratic activist who worked on John Kerry’s 2004 campaign in New Hampshire, told Politico
Verge said he has been "inundated with emails daily" from the group, which was formed on Clinton's behalf in April 2013 but has no formal ties to her, Politico reports.
Pat Sass, who chairs the Black Hawk County Democrats in Iowa, said: "People are tired of people asking for money every time they look at their email. They feel the election is far away."
While a Ready for Hillary spokesman did not respond to queries from Politico, the super PAC continues to rebuild the former secretary of state's list of supporters.
That roster, dormant since 2008, would then be rented or sold to any eventual Clinton campaign.
"I’m not going to be ready for Hillary until she announces she’s running for president," Mary Tetreau, a Democratic activist in Londonderry, N.H., told Politico.
Tetreau said she unsubscribed from the super PAC's email blast the day before the November congressional elections. She called Ready for Hillary's approach "annoying."
The strategy could create "Clinton fatigue" should she decide to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Politico reports, and spur fears that she is taking it all for granted.
Clinton is now expected to make an announcement as late as July, according to Politico.
In the meantime, fund-raising issues became public this week when David Brock
, a longtime Clinton supporter, quit the board of Priorities USA, which backs the former first lady.
Brock accused leaders of the pro-Clinton group of planting a story in The New York Times about a fund-raising consultant that charges a commission, which remains controversial.
He called it "an orchestrated political hit job" against his two pro-Clinton groups, American Bridge and Media Matters. Those groups, as well as Ready for Hillary, have used the consultant.
In addition, Priorities has been unable to meet fund-raising goals because many large donors have given to similar organizations, Politico reports.
"The grumbling isn’t so much about hearing so much from Ready for Hillary and is more about not hearing anything from actual Hillary," said John Deeth, an Iowa City Democratic activist. "I don’t think anybody would mind if an email landed in their inbox that said, 'Hillary’s going to be in Des Moines next week.'
"That would be fine," Deeth told Politico. "Everybody would love to get that email."
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