Priorities Super PAC Lines Up for Clinton Run

WASHINGTON (AP) -

One of the most potent outside liberal-oriented political groups announced on Thursday that it would back Hillary Rodham Clinton if she chooses to seek the White House in 2016, the latest sign that senior members of President Barack Obama’s team were looking to line up with the former first lady.

Priorities USA brought on board Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager and the latest Obama insider to join a pro-Clinton group. With so many Obama veterans lining up to help clear the way for a Clinton campaign, it perhaps adds pressure on Clinton to go forward with another White House bid.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, senator and first lady, says she has not yet decided if she will again seek the White House. But that has not stopped supporters from building a political machine in case she decides to turn the key.

The early alignment for Priorities USA sends a clear signal that high-dollar donors were awaiting a Clinton decision and were ready to fork over millions to promote and defend Clinton from Republican criticism that conservative groups have been leveling for months, trying to weaken her standing.

The group’s alignment had been expected for months but was first confirmed Thursday by The New York Times. Peter Kauffmann, the group’s spokesman, confirmed the group would be supporting Clinton if she runs.