Biggest liberal super PAC raising cash for Clinton

Hillary Clinton getting boost through liberal super PAC - SFGate in the latest sign that Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president, your nation's largest left-leaning super PAC stated Thursday that it really is raising money for that former secretary associated with state - an effort that will possibly be led in part through two Bay area residents.Jennifer Granholm, the former Michigan governor which now lives within Oakland along with teaches public policy with UC Berkeley, will co-chair your Priorities action USA political motion committee, together with President Obama's former campaign manager, Jim Messina. UC Berkeley law Professor Maria Echaveste, White house deputy chief regarding staff below President Bill Clinton, had been additionally named Thursday for the PAC's 14-member board. Messina's existence can become a sign that animosities that will accumulated involving the Clinton and also Obama camps through the 2008 Democratic primaries possess eased. Yet Another indication of improved ties: The Particular executive director associated with Priorities action USA will be Buffy Wicks, Obama's 2008 California area director. the group's challenge, Granholm mentioned Thursday, can be to keep up with conservative-run super PACs. Priorities Motion USA raised $79 million throughout the 2012 campaign, while the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our future tallied $153 million as well as the Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads, $117 million, according to the nonpartisan center pertaining to Responsive Politics.Many liberals, however, are uncomfortable with super PACS, stating they give wealthy donors a lot more use of political power as compared to some other voters. the committees, created being an outgrowth of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision associated with 2010, could raise an unlimited amount of cash coming from unions, corporations, individuals and also associations. Although barred coming from coordinating their own actions directly using events or even candidates, they are generally able to invest unlimited quantities - as well as their bottomless coffers fueled some of the nastiest political ads in the 2012 campaign. Cranking up a new super PAC almost three years before the 2016 presidential election with regard to Hillary Clinton, whom hasn't even announced she's running, will end up being the most recent escalation "of an 'Alice throughout Wonderland' kind associated with campaign finance system," stated Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, any nonpartisan organization devoted to providing citizens a new louder political voice.Despite supporting calls for a constitutional amendment to be able to overturn your Citizens United ruling, Obama adopted the important donors. He attended 221 fundraisers in the program of his 1st term, according to a count through CBS News, compared together with 101 public rallies."Obama campaigned about changing the actual system, however he hasn't carried out everything to adjust it," Weissman said.Granholm, that often railed from the Citizens United choice whilst hosting "The War Space together with Jennifer Granholm" cable TV program, asserted "ultimately, the actual objective (of your super PAC) would be to work ourselves out of the job." "I need to elect a president which will appoint the Supreme Court justice which will overturn Citizens United so there is zero necessity or even no legality regarding this unfettered flow regarding money," said Granholm, whom is likely to be serving as being a volunteer on the committee."But you can't unilaterally disarm," Granholm said. In the particular event that liberals don't play by the active rules, the girl said, "we will be laying down most weapons as well as forfeiting. Along With we're not likely to do that." Joe Garofoli can be a San Francisco Bay Area Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @joegarofoli