Group Seeks Bill Clinton’s Help in Fundraising for Obama

Priorities USA Action, a Democratic group working to re-elect President Barack Obama, has asked former President Bill Clinton to help raise money, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The so-called super political action committee, founded by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney to counter Republican fundraising organizations, took in $2.5 million last month, according to financial disclosure documents filed yesterday.

That figure is about $6 million less than the $8.7 million raised in March by Restore Our Future, a super-PAC backing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to Federal Election Commission filings. American Crossroads, a super-PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, the former top political strategist to former President George W. Bush, raised $1.2 million last month.

Super-PACs can take in unlimited corporate, union and individual donations. The super-PACs are barred from making donations to candidates, and can spend money independently of the campaigns.

Clinton has conveyed to the pro-Obama group that he is inclined to help them catch up with Republican groups, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Last week, Sweeney met with Doug Band, a Clinton associate, to explore ways to involve the former president in tapping his donor network, the person said.

The news of Priorities USA’s outreach to Clinton was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hans Nichols in Washington at hnichols2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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