Don’t look now but the Hillary 2016 campaign is picking up major steam.
There was huge news the other day inside the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president when The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton’s camp has secured the backing of major Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action. As the piece reports:
The group, Priorities USA Action, which played a pivotal role in helping re-elect President Obama, also named new directors to steer the organization, appointments that will both cement the group’s pro-Clinton tilt and thrust veterans of Mr. Obama’s political and fund-raising operation into the center of the post-Obama Democratic Party.
The move marks perhaps the earliest-ever start to big-dollar fund-raising in support of a nonincumbent presidential candidate, providing a fund-raising portal for wealthy Clinton supporters eager to help her White House prospects — and to the legions of others eager to ingratiate themselves with Mrs. Clinton and her inner circle.
In many ways the group itself backing Clinton is kind of immaterial. A super PAC is really only as powerful as its rich donors want to make it, hence why a lot of the big ones from 2012 just folded up after the election. And Hillary’s supporters and donors could have always just started their own giant Super PAC if they wanted to.
Instead the big news from the article is the group of veterans of Obama’s political campaigns who have now effectively singed on to Team Clinton. Party aligned campaign professionals are an import group in the invisible primary and so many prominent ones backing Hillary is great news for her.
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