Lack of candidate not stopping Hillary Clinton '16 group from organizing

'She's not inevitable'

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The 2014 mid-term election is still more than 90 days off and the 2016 presidential elections is, well, a couple of years after that.

But Ready for Hillary, already is busy identifying supporters and donors in the event former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton runs for the White House.

“In Iowa, we know the importance of early organizing,” Derek Eadon, the Midwest regional director for Ready for Hillary and Barack Obama’s first hire in Iowa after entering the 2008 race for the Democratic nomination, told a handful of Clinton backers – or Clinton hopefuls – at an organizing meeting in Iowa City Thursday evening.

The group’s goal is to provide Clinton with an email list longer than the one she had at the end of her unsuccessful 2008 bid and amass a list of volunteers and small-dollar donors so she can raise millions when – or if – she becomes a candidate.

“I’ve been down this road before and want it to be successful this time,” Rep. Vicki Lensing, D-Iowa City, said, explaining her presence at the Ready for Hillary meeting.

Ready for Hillary will have another meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at Brewhemia, 1101 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

The big unknown for Eadon and others is whether Clinton will run. He’s quick to explain that the super PAC is not a campaign organization and cannot coordinate with the potential candidate or any campaign supporting Clinton.

“So you all will probably know as soon or sooner than me if she decides to run,” he said.

He thinks Clinton will run and said that 2.5 million Ready for Hillary members, including 90,000 donors – the average contribution is $20.16 – hope that the numbers will help Clinton decide to seek the Democratic nomination.

“She’s not inevitable,” Eadon said.

Former Johnson County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Carberry agrees, but sees Clinton as the “most viable choice.”

“I’m not all-in yet,” he said, “but I want to hold the office.”

So Ready for Hillary is going after as many voters as it can get, Eadon said.

“We plan on there being a campaign so we’re laying the groundwork,” he said.

If she enters the race, the Iowa first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses “are always competitive,” Eadon said. “Nobody can take Iowa for granted.”

Still, Clinton has an advantage in that she’s a household name, “but you still have to work for votes in Iowa,” Eadon added.

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