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05/16/2013 10:32 am ET Updated May 16, 2013

Ready For Hillary Super PAC Gets Big Assist From Jennifer Granholm

AP

A super PAC working to round up grassroots support and encourage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 is set to get a leg-up from former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), The Hill reported Wednesday.

Supporters of Ready for Hillary will be getting a passionate fundraising email from Granholm in their inboxes on Thursday, according to The Hill.

“I’m not just ready for Hillary -- I’m rarin’ to get going on her campaign,” Granholm writes in the email. “This isn’t just about electing the first woman President, or putting forward our strongest candidate to keep the Republicans from enacting their extreme social agenda. We all know who the best person is for this job in 2016, and we need to do everything in our power to put her into office.”

Ready for Hillary jumped into the 2016 fray back in January, when it filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Professor and historian Allida Black is leading the super PAC, which has no official connection to the Clinton camp.

In April, the super PAC had a more official launch, announcing that it already rounded up more than 100,000 supporters.

Ready for Hillary has since drawn support from high-profile Democrats such as EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm -- who recently launched an effort to broaden the search for women candidates for president -- and political strategist James Carville. Carville, however, told HuffPost Live that his involvement with the group didn't extend beyond signing a paper stating that he supported its goal of getting Clinton to run for president.

While Clinton stands as a clear favorite for the Democratic nomination in 2016, a fact borne out by strong early polling numbers both nationally and in battleground states, she has consistently denied having any interest in reentering public service after departing her position atop the State Department earlier this year.

That hasn't discouraged many of her supporters, however. Ready for Hillary has already built a strong social network, with nearly 150,000 Facebook fans and more than 60,000 Twitter followers.

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