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Major Democratic Founding members of super PAC's finance committee are no strangers to presidential campaigns.
Three major Democratic fundraisers are joining forces with others trying to get Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president, lending their names and sizable contact lists to the Ready for Hillary super PAC.
Susie Tompkins Buell, a key Clinton supporter from 2008, and Steve and Amber Mostyn, Houston trial lawyers, were announced Tuesday as founding members of the Ready for Hillary national finance council.
Buell is co-founder of Esprit, the clothing line, and the Mostyns are major donors to Democratic groups.
"Ready for Hillary is the wisest investment right now for anyone who wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president," Buell said, noting that the super PAC is building a "massive grass-roots movement" from the ground up.
Clinton has been giving speeches and writing a book since leaving the State Department, and has not said whether she intends to seek the White House again. But she frequently is mentioned as a presidential contender and easily outpaces Vice President Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in early public opinion polls for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
Ready for Hillary is essentially building a campaign infrastructure, including compiling critical e-mail lists, for Clinton while she takes some time off before deciding her political future
Buell was a leading Clinton fundraiser in 2008. Steve Mostyn donated $3 million to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, in the 2012 campaign. The Mostyns recently gave $1 million to Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.
Caren Turner, who runs a government affairs firm and served on Clinton's 2008 national finance team, told USA TODAY she also plans to raise money for Ready for Hillary.
"I think the early money is going to encourage her to run," Turner said, adding that she wants to see "a competent female president" in her lifetime.
Allida Black, a 2008 Clinton volunteer who campaigned for her in 14 states, took a leave of absence from her job as a research historian to help launch Ready for Hillary. Black told USA TODAY that she has no knowledge of whether Clinton will actually launch a campaign.
"It's genetically impossible for her to say 'no' to a major challenge," Black said in the interview. "If she sees policy issues she can advance by running, she'll run."
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