This week, another super PAC was added to the mix when Hillary PAC launched. Sam Deskin, a Los Angeles lawyer who started the new PAC, says that while he respects other pro-Hillary groups, he wants to do something more—though what exactly that is remains a bit hazy at the moment. "Ready for Hillary is important, I get it. They're a very big organization with a lot of Clinton friends in there, but there needs to be someone who fights against extremists in Congress," Deskin said.
The group's Facebook page—"Hillary Clinton for President 2016," which started way back in April 2012—has more than 380,000 "likes." Hillary PAC partnered with the special-effects company behind Team America: World Police to produce a comical web video that riffs on the introduction to Mission Impossible, warning that extremist tea partiers have taken over Congress.
So what separates his groups from other pro-Hillary efforts? Deskin says his group will work to make Congress more moderate. How? There will be more funny videos and possibly other activities, depending on fundraising, he said. Deskin also said the group has experienced political advisers working with it, but declined to name them. "I think we play a role. That role needs to be defined to the people," he explained.
And those are just the super PACs supporting Clinton. Others have been created to fight the non-candidate, like Dick Morris's Just Say No to Hillary PAC. The former Clinton White House adviser cum conservative political commentator's name doesn't appear on the organization's campaign finance documents, and neither Morris nor the group's treasurer responded to inquiries. As of its latest FEC filing, the super PAC had raised $0.
Another, the Defeat Hillary Super PAC, already came and went, terminating itself in April of last year, according to records.
Yet one more anti-Clinton group, The Clinton Project, proclaims on its website that it is "the only thing standing between Hillary and the White House." It sells anti-Hillary mugs and shirts, and hosts a game that encourages visitors to slap a digital version of former first lady. It failed to file a year-end report with the FEC, earning a warning that it could face penalties if it doesn't rectify the error. (The Clinton Project's treasurer did not respond to an inquiry.)
The Stop Hillary PAC, on the other hand, raised more than $270,000 last year and has a full team of professionals working on its behalf. "There are other PACs out there that are trying to make some noise, maybe make a buck. We're not trying to do that … It's safe to say ours is the most prominent," said Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the group, which views itself as the inverse to Ready for Hillary.
Some of the pro-Hillary groups, however, seem less active. Hillary FTW has a slick-looking website and a Facebook page with over 3,500 "likes," but has so far obtained only six signatures for its petition and raised $0 as of its latest FEC report. (Pacheco did not respond to a request for comment.)