Hillary Clinton join Democratic challenger for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on stage at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Penn. on Oct. 9, 2014.
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Ready for Hillary raises $2 million in 3rd quarter


Ready for Hillary, the quasi-official Clinton shadow campaign PAC, took in more than $2 million in the third quarter of the year, according to the group. That’s slightly less than the previous quarter as the group winds down its activities in anticipation of an official Clinton campaign launch.

The group has raised more than $10.25 million since it formed in early 2013, and raked in $2.5 million in the previous quarter.

Continuing to expand its grassroots fundraising base, Ready for Hillary brought more than 21,000 new donors into the fold over the past three months. Of its more than 38,000 contributions during the quarter, 98% were for less than $100. The average contribution was $52.

Ready for Hillary has always said it plans to “go out of business” if Clinton announces a second presidential run, which is likely to occur early next year. Most of the group’s staffers have fled its Arlington, Virginia headquarters to go work on Democratic midterm campaigns. But some version of the group could find a second life alongside an official campaign.

The group plans to convene several hundred of its largest donors in New York City after Election Day next month.

Organizing for Action, the grassroots nonprofit spinoff of the Obama campaign, is perhaps Ready for Hillary’s closet analog. It raised just $1.8 million over the same time period, though the group said it was scaling back fundraising to avoid sapping money from midterm candidates.

Some new large contributors to the Ready for Hillary include Obama donor Sandra Bainum, Detroit lawyer David Page, and Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, the wife of video game entrepreneur Richard Garriott. Each gave the group a $25,000 contribution, maxing out its self-imposed donor cap.