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EMILY’s List founder joins effort to draft Hillary Clinton for 2016 presidential run

EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm has endorsed Ready for Hillary, a super-PAC focused on drafting Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

{mosads}Malcolm, who served as national co-chairwoman on Clinton’s 2008 White House bid, has deep ties to the Democratic donor community. 

Her move boosts the political action committee’s clout as it seeks to build a grassroots movement to support the the former secretary of State if she decides to enter the race. 

“I’ve seen — we’ve all seen — how smart, tough, resilient and caring Hillary is. I’ve been Ready for Hillary to be president for decades,” Malcolm said in a statement. “So Hillary, put on your combat pumps, charge the BlackBerry and pack up your campaign finery. Let’s go win this!”

Ready for Hillary is trying to establish itself as the one-stop shop for those who want Clinton to run for president, and Malcolm, who founded EMILY’s List in the 1980s, becomes one of its highest-profile backers. 

In 2004, Clinton described Malcolm to The New York Times as “probably the most influential fundraiser and adviser we’ve seen.”

Her support of the group is also notable given that EMILY’s List, which works to elect pro-abortion-rights female candidates, recently launched its “Madam President” campaign. The effort is aimed at electing a Democratic woman to the White House. 

Malcolm is speaking on her own, and not in her position as the chairwoman of the organization’s board, however. EMILY’s List’s campaign is focused on making sure there are Democratic women who run in 2016, no matter what Clinton decides.

While Malcolm isn’t expected to have a hands-on role with Ready for Hillary, some other top Democrats have been more active in helping the organization. 

They include former White House Political Director Craig Smith, former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher and former senior Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, who have all been working the phones for the group. 

Former Clinton adviser James Carville has also sent out an email on the group’s behalf, though he later said he was “not a member” of the organization.

Ready for Hillary was founded by some top Clinton donors including Allida Black, Judy Beck and Adam Parkhomenko, who worked for Clinton’s campaign committees from 2003 through the 2008 election.

The group plans to roll out its finance committee list in the coming days, and promises it includes some heavy-hitting Democrats who helped Clinton in 2008, as well as some who backed President Obama and other candidates. 

The organization has a strong online presence, with 200,000 supporters already signed up on its website and nearly 150,000 who “like” it on Facebook.

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