The effort by two former Clinton aides to launch a draft unity ticket (VoteBoth) movement believes it was quietly blessed a few weeks ago by Clinton's closest aide, her campaign manager, Maggie Williams.

According to three sources with knowledge of the conversation, Williams telephoned VoteBoth founder Adam Parkhomenko after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries and asked for an update. Williams indicated that she personally supported the efforts and urged Parkhomenko and his VoteBoth founder, Sam Arora, to continue, according to two of those sources.

The sources would not say whether Williams discussed the personal feelings of Sen. Clinton. It's not clear whether Williams offered any help -- and, in any event, because the VoteBoth organization can't coordinate with another political committee, it might have not been proper for her to do so.

"Adam is a young man I have known for a while, he sent me his link, I called and wished him luck," Williams said in an e-mail.

But Democrats who have spoken with Parkhomenko and Arora say that the two took Williams's telephone call as a sign that the Clintons themselves had blessed the effort.

A few days later, according to someone with knowledge of their activities, the two began to telephone professional fundraisers in the party and ask for their help.

Jerry Crawford, a long-time Clinton adviser and friend, formally joined their effort and it was blessed by Hassan Nemazee a member of Clinton's national finance team.

Contacted tonight on his cell, Parkhomenko declined to comment. Arora did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Both men were among the earliest employees of Clinton's political action committee led by Patti Solis Doyle, and both followed Solis Doyle when she left the campaign in March. They have said that Solis Doyle did not encourage them to start their VoteBoth website and set up their committee.

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