Former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday hired two former staffers who worked on her 2016 presidential campaign to help manage the progressive "resistance" super political action committee Onward Together. Clinton formed the super PAC with former governor Howard Dean back in May as a means of combatting President Donald Trump's political agenda.
Clinton brought on Emmy Ruiz and Adam Parkhomenko, who both had key roles in Clinton's 2008 and 2016 campaign, BuzzFeed reported.
Ruiz worked on the 2016 Clinton campaign as state director for Nevada during the primary election and Colorado during the general election. She delivered key victories in both states as the campaign lead.
Parkhomenko served as her director of grassroots engagement before moving to the Democratic National Committee.
According to Dean, the 501(c)4 will add a dozen or so already established groups as Onward Together affiliates. The super PAC is in the process of vetting potential affiliates to join Swing Left, Emerge America and Run For Something, who have already completed the vetting process.
In order for a group to be an affiliate of the super PAC, groups must be willing to submit a budget for funding, provide account reports and how their group is structured on a management level.
Ruiz's focus will be on structuring the process of running and picking a DNC chair. Parkhomenko, on the other hand, will work towards finding areas in which Clinton can help Democratic candidates win seats.
So far, Clinton has received one request to help a Democratic candidate. She will campaign with New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, BuzzFeed reported.
Ruiz and Parkhomenko join other key Democratic operatives who are now a part of Onward Together. Other team members include Judith McHale, who worked in Clinton's State Department; Amy Rao, a technology CEO and longtime Democratic supporter; Clinton campaign vice chair Huma Abedin; Clinton campaign finance director Dennis Cheng; and Clinton campaign press secretary Nick Merrill.