Pro-Clinton Group Goes International

Ready for Hillary fundraises in London, Paris, and Geneva.

Supporters rally in front of the “Hillary Bus,” sponsored by the group Ready for Hillary, outside Hillary Clinton’s book tour event in Washington last Friday evening. Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press

Ready for Hillary, the central political action committee backing Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential bid, is taking its fundraising operation overseas.

Last month, the group hosted fundraisers in London, Geneva, and Paris, according to Ready for Hillary’s Communications Director Seth Bringman. The events, held the week of May 12, were attended by Allida Black, the group’s co-founder. Tickets for the fundraisers started at $250. About 25 people attended each event.

Bringman said the fundraisers came about when Clinton supporters abroad “were eager to participate in the Ready for Hillary effort” and asked to host the events. “We didn’t envision these events when we laid out our fundraising plan, but when supporters reach out and offer to help, we want to provide that opportunity.”

“We’re honored to have received so much support from Americans abroad,” Bringman said. The group, which started assembling a list of Clinton supporters that now totals more than 2 million people, has collected contributions from every U.S. territory and from “service members across the globe,” he added.

A group of Clinton supporters also recently had a get-together in Tokyo, though that event was more informal; no ticket price was set. Ready for Hillary is planning another fundraiser abroad — this one in Ireland — sometime later this summer.

The former secretary of state started her coast-to-coast publicity tour to promote her new memoir, Hard Choices, last Tuesday in New York. She has said she’ll make up her mind about another presidential run by the end of this year.

Ready for Hillary, which is betting she launches that White House bid, spent the last week trailing Clinton in a 37-and-a-half-foot Winnebago it calls the “Hillary Bus.” The group has been seen signing up hundreds of new Clinton supporters at nearly ever book tour stop, and plans to continue trailing her this summer.

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