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Clinton 2016 campaign is already raising money

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013. Secy. Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before US lawmakers Wednesday to be grilled about a deadly attack. "Benghazi didn't happen in a vacuum," Clinton said at the start of a Senate hearing into the September 11 assault on a US mission in eastern Libya. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the candidate herself won't confirm or deny speculation of a 2016 run for president, supporters of Hillary Clinton are already busy building up her campaign finances:

Already the framework of a Hillary 2016 campaign is beginning to take shape. On Friday night, hours after she left government, the website for a “Ready for Hillary” group set up by former aides and activists went live and began accepting donations to a war chest.

Her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, who had attended the embassy dinner with their daughter, Chelsea, is already mobilising big fundraisers and urging her to run. Hillary is to write a memoir — as candidates so often do — and those close to her believe it almost inconceivable that she will not try to finish the task left uncompleted in 2008. ...

Among those who have provided “seed money” for the super-Pac is Ann Lewis, a top adviser to Clinton in 2008 and a former senior White House aide. A source close to the super-Pac confirmed that a $500 donation from Lewis would appear in a financial disclosure form.

One former Clinton aide behind Ready for Hillary said “probably 200 former Hillary staffers” had sent messages asking how they could help and NGP Software, which designed the Clinton campaign website in 2008, had been hired to develop the super-Pac website: “The team is ready to get back together. This is as official as unofficial can get.”

Clinton is already the 2016 frontrunner. A recent Public Policy Polling survey gave her a 41-point lead over her nearest Democratic rival, Joe Biden, the vice-president.


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