Hillary Clinton's satellite presidential campaign, "Ready for Hillary," is on fire. In addition to collecting 10,000 "grassroots donors" and over 500,000 Facebook fans, a flashy bumper sticker is starting to show up on the back of cars around the nation urging the former first lady and secretary of State to run for president in 2016.
Many of those bumper stickers arrived in the mail this week from the McLean, Virginia-based draft-Clinton effort. In red, white, and baby blue, they read: "I'm Ready for Hillary." They are decorated with the flag banner Clinton used in her failed 2008 Democratic primary bid.
The Ready for Hillary organization is already hiring staff to build grassroot support for Clinton and acting like a campaign operation and it is also drawing the type of voter support a real campaign would.
Recently for example, Ready for Hillary said it has reached 10,000 donors: 75 percent gave $25 or less but some coughed up $1,000. "Grassroots Hillary supporters from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American military bases throughout the world have made financial contributions to this movement, and 500 new donors were added in the last 24 hours," said the organization.
Support on social media has also been swift. Over 500,000 Facebook supporters have signed up, said founder Adam Parkhomenko.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.