The Ready for Hillary super PAC has rented out the email list of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
On Sunday the super PAC used the email list to send out a fundraising email encouraging supporters to buy Ready for Hillary bumper stickers. The super PAC aims to lay the groundwork for Clinton if she decides to run for president.
“One of the best ways to spark these conversations about Hillary potentially running in 2016 is by showing your support right now,” the email, authored by retired General Wes Clark (D) said. “Have you picked up your free Ready for Hillary bumper sticker yet?”
The return address for the email was firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although defeated political campaigns often rent their email lists, super PACS are not allowed to directly coordinate with campaigns, defeated or current. That includes renting out email lists of former campaigns. Ready for Hillary was able to rent out the email list because Clinton is not currently a declared candidate (although she is widely believed to be strongly considering running for president in 2016).
Clinton’s presidential campaign filed a termination report with the Federal Elections Commission in 2013 after she finished paying her debts from the 2008 presidential campaign, according to Time magazine. See the email below: