Two former Obama campaign aides are joining the effort to support a potential 2016 Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election MORE presidential bid.

Mitch Stewart, who coordinated President Obama’s 2012 battleground state strategy, and Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director, have joined Ready for Hillary, the super-PAC formed at the beginning of the year to support a Clinton presidential run.


"Ready for Hillary has sought out the most talented people in the business to harness the energy of everyday Hillary supporters and lay the groundwork for 2016," Ready for Hillary senior adviser Craig T. Smith said in a statement. "There is no one that better understands grassroots presidential politics than the team that won the last two presidential elections."

Stewart and Bird are the latest Obama loyalists to join Ready for Hillary. Last month, two top donors to the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA, who combined to donate more than $5 million to Democrats in the last election, signed on as founding members of Ready for Hillary’s national finance council.

The former Obama teamers join a number of longtime Clinton allies in the Ready for Hillary effort, including Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPresident Trump’s job approval rating continues to hold steady in latest Hill.TV poll Cybersecurity for national defense: How many 'wake-up calls' does it take? Who's in control alters our opinion of how things are MORE’s former White House Political Director Craig Smith; former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.); Harold Ickes, a senior adviser on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run; former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D); and EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm.

Last month, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill calls on GOP opponent to appoint special prosecutor to look into undercover video Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit on pre-existing conditions Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents MORE (D-Mo.) became the first sitting lawmaker to endorse the draft effort.

The group does not have any formal ties with Hillary Clinton, who has not said if she will run in 2016. Polls though show she is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

This story was updated at 8:13 a.m.