Ready for Hillary, the super PAC formed to raise money for the anticipated presidential campaign by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, raised nearly $9 million in 2014, more than double what it raised the year before, and more than most of the GOP groups affiliated with 2016 presidential bids, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The group has been collecting names and email addresses for Clinton supporters that could form the basis of her grassroots campaign, should she decide to run. The organization also escalated its fundraising activities, aided by events featuring top officials from the former administration of President Bill Clinton.
Meanwhile, its national finance council, members of which are committed to raising $25,000 each, now has more than 894 members, the Journal said.
The fundraising figures were disclosed in Federal Election Commission filings out Saturday evening.
Also available were the year-end reports for all political action and campaign committees, such as the leadership PACs affiliated with other potential 2016 candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Money raised through the leadership PACs can only be used for non-campaign-related expenses, such as travel, or to give to other candidates, but can be a good guide of a potential candidate's fundraising prowess, the Journal said.
Of all the PACs affiliated with a potential 2016 GOP candidate, the only one that raised more than Ready for Hillary was a super PAC supporting retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, which raised $12 million in 2014, though Carson has distanced himself from the group.
Paul's and Huckabee's leadership PACs raised the most in 2014 compared to other groups affiliated with potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Paul's group, called Reinventing a New Direction, raised $2.1 million, while Huckabee's PAC, or Huck PAC, raised almost $1.9 million, the Journal reported.
Both groups also spent most of what they raised, much of it in donations to candidates in the 2014 election cycle, and on consulting fees and staffers' salaries.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's PAC raised $1.7 million in 2014, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised $1.6 million, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum raised almost $1.6 million, the Journal reported.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's leadership PAC only started raising money in July and had raised $300,000.
The leadership PAC for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised roughly $275,000 and his supporters also filed paperwork last week for a new super PAC called Believe Again, a name he will also begin using for his leadership PAC.
Clinton's fundraising also strongly dominates other potential Democratic rivals. The leadership PAC for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley raised roughly $750,000 in 2014. He also operates a non-federal PAC that raised nearly $1.6 million in 2014.
Meanwhile, Progressive Voters of America, the leadership PAC for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, raised around $200,000 in 2014, the Journal reported.
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