07/31/2013 09:38 pm ET | Updated Sep 30, 2013

Ready for Hillary? Not in Middle America

Scores of New Yorkers and Californians -- but relatively few folks in Middle America -- are already backing a super PAC designed to boost Democrat Hillary Clinton should she run for president in 2016.

Residents of New York, which Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate, and California have combined to give more than $500,000 to the Ready for Hillary super PAC over the first six months of the year, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission reports filed today.

That's more than 40 percent of the $1.25 million Ready for Hillary reported raising since it was launched in January.

Both states are frequently targeted for campaign cash by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

While super PACs are legally allowed to collect donations of any size, Ready for Hillary has voluntarily capped its contributions at $25,000. Ready for Hillary collected two-dozen contributions at this level, and they account for nearly half of the funds that the Democratic group received during the first six months of 2013.

Of these two-dozen "maximum" contributions, seven come from Californians and five from New Yorkers.

They include:

  • Jack Bendheim, president and chairman of the board of Phibro Animal Health Corp., a leading manufacturer and marketer of animal health pharmaceuticals, who raised more than $100,000 for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign


  • Scott Bessent, the chief investment officer at the Soros Fund Management, the family investment vehicle of liberal billionaire George Soros*

  • Art historian Agnes Gund, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010 to serve on the board of trustees of the National Council on the Arts

  • James Hormel, chairman of the financial company Equidex, Inc., who served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg under President Bill Clinton

  • Irwin Jacobs, co-founder and former chairman of telecommunications company Qualcomm, as well as his wife Joan, who together raised more than $500,000 for Obama's 2012 re-election efforts

  • Philanthropist Ann Tenenbaum, a longtime Clinton ally who has hosted the Clintons at her home in the Hamptons

  • Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of the Esprit clothing company who raised at least $100,000 for Clinton's 2008 campaign and now is a founding member of Ready for Hillary's National Finance Council