2014-04-09T050440Z_1_CBREA380E3V00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Hillary Clinton not running (yet), but groups use her name to raise money

Hillary Clinton deflects questions from audience about running for President in 2016 during closing plenary session on second day of the 2014 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in TempeBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As former secretary of state Hillary Clinton weighs a run for president in 2016, at least a dozen independent groups, from the serious to the mysterious, have sprung up to raise money in her name. Sporting names such as Madam Hillary 2016, HillaryFTW and other variations on Clinton’s name, the new crop of political action committees (PACs) is a sign of the 66-year-old’s enduring star power more than 20 years after she first became a national figure as the wife of President Bill Clinton. Some of the groups hope to emulate the success of Ready for Hillary, the organization of well-connected Democrats that already has raised millions of dollars to encourage Hillary Clinton to launch a bid to become the United States’ first woman president. In the 2012 election, the dozens of “Super PACs” and nonprofit groups that popped up to take advantage of that decision largely were run by political insiders such as former White House aide Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads PAC spent more than $100 million to help Republicans that year.

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