Ready For Hillary Gets Ready to Wrap Up
Ready for Hillary has raised $15 million and identified 4 million Hillary Clinton supporters, the group said Friday as the former secretary of state prepares to enter the presidential race this weekend.
The 2-year-old super-PAC, founded to help nudge Clinton into the race, had always planned to shut down once she declared her candidacy, and is preparing to finally take that step in the coming days.
The group limited lifetime contributions to $25,000 per person, but relied largely on small donors. Ninety eight percent of the 215,000 contributions the group received were of $100 or less. More than 55,000 were for $20.16, the amount for which the group often asked in fundraising pitches.
Much of the money raised by Ready for Hillary went into building a strong list of supporters that could be used by the Clinton campaign, Emily's List and other entities supportive of Clinton. Emily's List will get the Hillary Bus, which logged 45,000 miles, as well as Ready for Hillary's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In all, the group held more than 1,300 organizing and fundraising events in all 50 states and with Democrats Abroad in five countries. Students for Hillary groups formed on more than 200 college campuses.
Ready for Hillary will hold what's expected to be its final event on Saturday afternoon in lower Manhattan. Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez are expected to attend, as is Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.