History suggests that no one other than a popular incumbent president cruises to a major-party presidential nomination without a serious challenge. But it’s been a while since there was such a consensus front-runner as Hillary Clinton.
Now the NYTimes reports that Priorities USA Action, the biggest of the liberal SuperPACs and an outfit run Pres. Obama’s very successful and highly innovative fund-raisers, and now including Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, will fund-raise for Clinton.
From the Times story:
Unlike other pro-Clinton organizations, which have focused on recruiting small donors or building lists of grass-roots supporters, Priorities is seeking six- and seven-figure checks to power major advertising expenditures in support of Mrs. Clinton — including, if necessary, responses to attacks by Republicans and conservatives in advance of a formal campaign declaration.
In the corrupt world of big-time fund-raising the help of Priorities USA will bring plenty of potential conflicts of interest between the fund-raisers, donors and lobbyists. The Times piece begins the endless task of listing some of those.