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Founder of Hillary Clinton SuperPAC: ‘No Doubt She’s Gonna Run’ in 2016

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton had not even stepped down from her post as Secretary of State, when a superPAC supporting her run for president in 2016 was filed with the Federal Election Commission.  The superPAC's website launched over the weekend.

Allida Black is the chair and founder of the group, and says she is, as the superPAC is named, "Ready for Hillary."

"I've been waiting for Hillary all my life.  But I am more than ready this time," says Black, who campaigned for Clinton in 14 states in 2008.

Clinton has not said whether she will throw her hat in the ring, telling ABC News in her last television interview as secretary of state that she is "flattered and honored" at the intense interest in whether she might run for president in 2016.

"I have no doubt she's gonna run," says Black.  "She knows there's this huge groundswell.  She sees the challenges.  She's not gonna say no.  Not because of her, but because of us."

But there are a lot of other big résumé Democrats out there as potential 2016 candidates, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden.  Black says it is not their time.

"Hillary is the leader that the country needs.  I mean she's been president of the world really for the past four years," says the George Washington University professor and historian.  "She spent her whole life getting ready."

SuperPACs played a big role in the 2012 election; Mitt Romney's superPAC poured more than $80 million into his campaign.  Some were as well funded as entire presidential campaigns.  

Black did not have a specific goal for how much money "Ready for Hillary" will be able to raise, but expects a lot from supporters.

"We're gonna need that gazillion dollars.  And we will get that gazillion dollars," she says.  "We have the contacts, we have the skills, we have the passion, and we have the people on the ground to pull it off."

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Pro-Obama Super PAC Announces Best Fundraising Month

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The top outside-money group supporting President Obama raised $10 million in August, logging its best fundraising month yet.

The super PAC known as Priorities USA Action confirmed the total to ABC News this morning. The group topped its next-highest total, of any month this year, by nearly $4 million. The group’s next-best haul was $6.16 million in June.

In money raised, Priorities has lagged behind its pro-Romney counterpart, Restore Our Future, which reported taking in $20.7 million in June and $7.5 million in July. Along with the Karl Rove-co-founded super PAC American Crossroads and 501(c)(4) nonprofit Crossroads GPS, Republican groups have threatened to overwhelm the Democratic outside-money operation.

A Priorities spokeswoman would not disclose fundraising figures for the sister 501(c)(4) group, Priorities USA, which is far more secretive, disclosing no donors or fundraising totals except to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Much of the big, outside money in this election year may well remain undisclosed in a handful of 501(c)(4) groups, including Priorities USA, Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity.

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Super PAC Mocks Obama References to Presidential History

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Conservatives are ribbing President Obama for adding factoids about himself to the end of presidential biographies on the White House website and for past statements ranking his administration among the greatest in U.S. history.

A new web video by the pro-Republican super PAC American Crossroads playfully tweaks Obama for the moves, clearly suggesting that he does not deserve to be held in such high esteem.

Over a soundtrack of grandiose, Baroque music, a British-accented narrator mockingly heralds “another great moment in presidential history.”

“America has seen its share of great presidents with historic accomplishments. But did you know that Barack Obama is SO great his name has been added to the bottom of biographies of 13 presidents?  It’s right there on his White House website,” he says.

A clip of Obama from a December 2011 60 Minutes interview then appears inside a gold-trimmed frame with the placard “Undisputed Debt King”:  “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln,” Obama told CBS’ Steve Kroft.

(Obama at the time did qualify his comment by saying that he had more work to do on improving the economy and had “five more years of stuff to do.”)

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Vice President Joe Biden, both praised publicly by Obama as historic figures, are also mentioned in the video.

“America’s fourth greatest president, second greatest treasury secretary and 47th greatest vice president. Together, only they could raise the debt limit to 16 trillion and keep 13 million Americans out of work,” the narrator says, highlighting what has been the focus of Republicans’ case against a second Obama term.

There is no mention of the role George W. Bush played in contributing to mounting debt and deficits with two wars and massive tax cuts, or his presiding over the start of the 2008 financial crisis.

White House sources have said the additions to presidential biography pages, which include hyperlinks to other Obama-related content, are common practice on the internet to direct traffic to other pages on the site.  They also note that the references do not alter the historical bios, but are simply innocuous, related factoids.

Crossroads, a group co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, also launched a $25 million TV ad campaign against President Obama earlier this week, attacking him for “broken promises” during his first term.

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Pro-Romney Super PAC Spends Big in Ill., La., Miss. and Ala.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- If you’re a voter in an upcoming primary state, chances are you’ll see a lot of pro-Romney super PAC ads.

On Wednesday, the Romney-backing super PAC Restore Our Future reported big purchases of TV time in Tuesday’s primary states of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as Illinois and Louisiana, which hold primaries on March 20 and March 24, respectively.

It was once unthinkable, according to conventional wisdom, that the Republican primary would stay competitive long enough for a heated battle over the heavily Democratic Illinois. However, Restore Our Future is spending more money there than in any other upcoming state -- likely because ads in the Chicago media market are expensive.

Restore Our Future reported new spending of $901,438 in Illinois, $425,165 in Louisiana, $680,385 in Alabama, and $581,183 in Mississippi.

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Santorum SuperPAC Ties Romney and Gingrich to Obama

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The pro-Rick Santorum superPAC has released a new television ad in Ohio that seeks to tie both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to President Barack Obama, ABC News has learned exclusively.

Titled “Obama,” it will run in Ohio along with another Romney attack ad already running in Michigan called “Vital Decisions.” The Ohio buy is $257,000 and was announced Friday morning.

The narrator says over photos of Romney, Gingrich and Obama: “How can Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich beat Barack Obama when on the vital decisions they’re not much different? Like Obama, Gingrich supported individual health insurance mandates and lobbied for Freddie Mac. Mitt created RomneyCare -- the blueprint for ObamaCare. And just like Obama, Romney even left Massachusetts 1 billion (dollars) in debt.”

The ad then asks “Who can win?” It then touts Santorum’s jobs plan.

Santorum consistently goes after both Romney and Gingrich for supporting health care mandates and in Romney’s care his health care plan in Massachusetts. Unlike this commercial, the former Pennsylvania senator has said he won’t attack Gingrich for his work at Freddie Mac because he was using his “talents” to provide for his family.

“Vital Decisions” also ties Romney to Obama with a very similar ad. The narrator reads over photographs of just Romney and Obama and the script is almost identical with Gingrich not mentioned. 

The ads will run through Wednesday. The superPAC poured $1.3 million into Michigan ahead of their primary there Tuesday.

A Quinnipiac Ohio poll from earlier this month had Santorum leading in the state with 36 percent to Romney with 29 percent and Gingrich with 20 percent.

Earlier Friday, the Santorum campaign previewed a new attack on Romney that will paint the former Massachusetts governor as a “liberal” who supported “activist judges,” who granted marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, who allowed “$50 dollar abortions” and who fought “against the 2nd Amendment” and for “radical environmental regulations.”

Santorum has made some of the points before, however several of the new lines attempt to turn Romney’s words at Wednesday night’s Arizona debate against him.

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Bill Maher Cuts Big Check to Pro-Obama SuperPAC

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Bill Maher has reportedly become one of the biggest backers of pro-Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action.

The liberal comedian and talk show host on Thursday night presented a $1 million personal check written to Priorities during his comedy special “CrazyStupidPolitics: Live from Silicon Valley” which streamed on

Publicist Sarah Fuller later told Deadline Hollywood that Maher considers the donation “the wisest investment” he could make, believing that keeping Obama in the White House is “worth a million dollars” compared with the Republican alternative.

A spokesperson for Priorities USA Action did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the gift.

Maher’s $1 million contribution comes as the liberal group continues to raise funds to compete with its pro-Republican counterparts.

Priorities USA Action raised just $4.1 million in all of 2011, relying largely on benefactors like Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg who gave $2 million and director Steven Spielberg who chipped in $100,000.

The group reportedly had just $59,000 in donations in January.

Last month President Obama moved to encourage his supporters to support Priorities, reversing an earlier decision to maintain distance from the group.

Obama's official reelection campaign fundraising machine is running strong; he recently staged a pair of star-studded $36,000-a plate fundraisers in Hollywood, and passed the can in Florida on Thursday, as First lady Michelle Obama appeared at a fundraiser in Ohio.

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Santorum Addresses Super PAC Donors, Releases Negative Romney Ad

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Off the campaign trail Thursday, Rick Santorum is appearing at a fundraiser for his Super PAC in Dallas.

Candidates and campaigns are not allowed to “coordinate” with their Super PACs, but they are permitted to address these groups. Mitt Romney has spoken at his Super PAC fundraisers as well. Candidates must leave before the “ask” portion of the event takes place.

Foster Friess, the main donor to the “Red White and Blue Fund,” was planning on being there too, but he’s on an around-the-world trip with his wife, Lynn, for about three weeks.

After the CNN debate on Wednesday evening, Santorum was asked in the spin room, where reporters gather, what he was planning to tell the donors.

“It’s a fundraiser, I’m not doing a Super PAC event,” Santorum said, either incorrectly or falsely.

Santorum’s national communications director Hogan Gidley said he wasn’t sure what Santorum meant by the incorrect statement. And just because he’s off the trail doesn’t mean the campaign isn’t still waging its battle for Michigan, where Santorum will be back campaigning Friday. On Thursday the campaign released a new negative television ad that goes hard after Romney in his home state.

“I don’t line up with the National Rifle Association (NRA),” the ad reads, attributing the statement to Romney and the source as the Boston Globe.

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose,” the ad continues, sourcing a debate Romney participated in during his 2002 campaign for Massachusetts governor.

The Romney campaign hit back, calling it a “dishonest attack ad.”

On Wednesday, an NBC/Marist poll of Michigan voters showed Romney with 37-percent support and Santorum 35 percent. The state, along with Arizona, votes Tuesday. A new Quinnipiac poll also out Wednesday showed Santorum over Romney nationally 35 percent to 26 percent.

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Santorum Gets Some Help in the Battle for Michigan

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(PHOENIX) -- Rick Santorum is getting some help from his friends in his battle for Michigan.

His superPAC is pouring $600,000 into Mitt Romney’s home state and,  unlike its previous television ad there, this one is negative. The spot, titled “Vital Decisions,” compares Romney to President Obama

“How can Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama when on the vital decisions they’re not much different?” the announcer says over photographs of Romney and Obama. “Like Obama, Romney drastically increased spending. Increased state taxes and fees. Even worse, RomneyCare is the blueprint for ObamaCare.” The ad then shows photos of Santorum campaigning and with his family and touts Santorum as a “principled leader” with a “bold” jobs plan.

This is the second ad buy for the “Red, White, and Blue Fund” making the total the group has spent in the state $1.3 million.

Wednesday, an NBC/Marist Michigan poll showed Romney with 37 percent and Santorum 35 percent support. A new Quinnipiac poll also out Wednesday showed Santorum over Romney nationally 35 percent to 26 percent.

The pro-Romney superPAC “Restore Our Future” has spent about $6 million in both Arizona and Michigan, almost all on negative ads attacking Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

On Thursday the conservative group, the Susan B. Anthony List will launch a six-day bus tour in Michigan supporting Santorum, with representatives of several other conservative groups and local leaders campaigning for him throughout the state.

The former Pennsylvania senator is campaigning in Arizona Wednesday and will face off against his opponents later in the CNN debate in Mesa. He’s expected to head back to Michigan by the end of the week. Both states vote on Feb. 28.

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Casino Billionaire Not Donating $20 Million to Gingrich’s Super PAC

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A spokesman for a Las Vegas casino billionaire and a super PAC official are denying a published report that the billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, has committed $20 million to the super PAC, Time for Newt, which supports Newt Gingrich.

Charlie Smith, founder and president of Time for Newt and the group behind it, Solutions 2012, denied Thursday morning’s report of the commitment by Politico.

Though Adelson and his wife did give the maximum $2,500 each to the Gingrich campaign, Smith said it would be “very out of character for Mr. Adelson to announce something like this to the press.”

“We certainly weren’t involved in putting any information out there,” Smith said.

A spokesman for Adelson, Ron Reese, told ABC News the report of the $20 million donation is false and he does not know the source of the claim.

Reese added, however, that Adelson has been a longtime Gingrich supporter.

The pro-Gingrich Super PAC was launched in November by a graduate student and raised $10,000 within the first few hours of being live.

A super PAC is a less regulated form of a political action committee. People can give freely to the super PAC and the group can raise as much money as it wants. The only catch is it cannot have any connection to the candidate’s campaign or a political party.

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Rick Santorum Gets SuperPAC Help

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WALNUT, Iowa) -- Rick Santorum, who bragged just Wednesday that he hasn’t received “a penny” in PAC money, is getting a $200,000 boost in Iowa from a SuperPAC.

The Red, White, and Blue Fund is spending $200,000 on ads in this state touting Santorum.

The ad calls him the “true conservative” in the race and a “visionary who saw the threat of radical Islam and a proven reformer who took on Washington and won.”

The ads are being produced by SRPC media. The birth of the RWB fund means that now each of the seven GOP candidates will have, or have at one point had, the backing of at least one SuperPAC.

Santorum had previously been the only candidate in field without one. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have each had one (in some cases more than one) form in support of their campaigns.

Santorum has been barnstorming the state for months hoping hard work will pay off on Jan. 3, but going up on the air will undoubtedly help. He got a rousing welcome at an abortion forum and film premiere last and as recently as Wednesday he said at a campaign stop in Des Moines that he’s running the leanest campaign out of all of his opponents saying he doesn’t think he has “received one dollar in PAC money, not a penny.”

“Not that I haven’t asked, but nobody has sent me any,” Santorum said. “I can go into this race as the least funded candidate who went out and talked to the people of Iowa and ran a grassroots campaign and the people of Iowa spoke to who they want to lead the country.” The organization has filed with the FEC, and they are based out of Alexandria, Va.

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