Huge “Super PAC”” Moving To Back Clinton

24 January 2014 |permalink | email article

The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Clinton’s White House ambitions is now converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques. On Thursday, Priorities USA Action, which played an important role in helping re-elect President Obama, announced that it was formally aligning itself with Mrs. Clinton and would begin raising money to fend off potential opponents for 2016. Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager in 2012, who has forged close ties with many Democratic donors, will serve as co-chairman of the revamped super PAC and as an affiliated non-profit, along with Jennifer M. Granholm, the former Michigan governor, who is among the most persistent voices calling for Mrs. Clinton to enter the 2016 race. Messina declined to say whether he had discussed his new role with President Obama or with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., another potential 2016 candidate.

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