There are certain things every 2016 presidential not-a-candidate needs for their 2016 not-a-campaign, but two are key: a book tour and an unaffiliated PAC begging you to run. Now Sen. Elizabeth Warren can check both off of her list. According to The Huffington Post, Ready for Warren has a Facebook account, a Twitter account, a website and plans to visit this year's Netroots event for progressive activists. One thing they don't have is the candidate's support. "No, Senator Warren does not support this effort," Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose told The Washington Post.
"I think there's an opportunity for us to convince her if we're really able to make the case as to why we think she's the right person," Erica Sagrans, a Ready for Warren member who previously worked for President Obama's reelection campaign, told The Post. The name of the PAC, obviously, alludes to Ready for Hillary. This passage from that group's website probably does too:
We are progressives ready to support someone who isn’t afraid to take on powerful interests like the Wall Street banks that crashed our economy. ... We aren’t wealthy or well-connected.
Warren's criticism of Wall Street and Big Business have positioned her as the progressive voter's alternative to Hillary Clinton, who many see as too closely tied to Wall Street (Warren herself has also accused Clinton of letting campaign contributions cloud her judgement in the past). Her fan base sang her praises at her April book tour which, like Hillary's two months later, also kind of seemed like a campaign tour.
For now, Ready for Hillary has the Warren group beat in one category: fundraising. According to Politico, Ready for Hillary gained 33,000 new donors and raised $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. And, despite the negative press Clinton has received for her comments on wealth, 98 percent of those donations were under $100. Of course, the superior PAC will obviously be the one that "convinces" its candidate to run.
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