We all knew the Clintons wouldn’t stay silent forever. Although some of us may have hoped, it was always inevitable they’d reenter the scene. The real question was what Hillary would do next.
Since losing the election, many have speculated about what Clinton’s next move might be. For awhile, there were rumors she was considering a run for mayor of New York City. When those rumblings started to quiet, many began to implore her to consider yet another run at the Oval Office.
While Clinton hasn’t ruled out either of those options, she has remained silent on her future plans.
However, when she reemerged on political television to
take the blame offer excuses for her election loss, you knew she was just warming us up for her next big move. And now, those big plans have been revealed.
From The Hill:
Hillary Clinton on Monday unveiled her new political action organization, Onward Together, which will fundraise for five prominent progressive groups.
Clinton revealed the news in an email to supporters and series of tweets, promising to contribute to the “remarkable” spirit of political activism in the early months of the Trump administration.
“I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy,” she wrote.
The goal of the organization will be to support grassroots organizations:
To support this wave of grassroots organizing, we’re launching Onward Together, an organization dedicated to advancing the progressive vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.
The group plans to start by providing support to five specific liberal activist organizations:
The group’s initial effort will support five specific progressive groups: Swing Left, which targets vulnerable House Republican incumbents; Emerge America, which will train Democratic women to run for office; Color of Change, which fights for criminal justice reform and racial justice; Indivisible, a group that’s mobilizing a “resistance” against Trump; and Run for Something, which helps potential candidates find tools to guide their bids.
Not surprisingly, Clinton’s new initiative will rely on direct funding from donors:
That support will take the form of direct funding as well as efforts to “amplify their work,” Clinton said.
Of course, it’s hard to ignore how this set up went the last time for the Clintons. The move comes less than a year after the demise of the Clinton Foundation. That organization was also directly funded by donors, but was under constant suspicion of being nothing more than providing a way for donors, including foreign governments, to buy favors with a potential President Clinton.
Now that Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations were seemingly undone, it will be interesting to see the direction of the new organization. However, if it’s anything like the last Clinton project, close scrutiny should be paid to where the money is coming and going.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]