Pa. donors 'Ready for Hillary'

Pennsylvania ranks third in the amount of money donated to the Ready for Hillary political action committee, generating $67,500 of the $1.25 million raised in the first half of this year, according to an analysis by Political MoneyLine.

The PAC is part of a vast campaign-in-waiting for Hillary Clinton’s expected run for the White House in 2016. Its stated goal is to build a grassroots network of supporters, gathering email addresses and phone numbers of potential supporters.

Six familiar Pennsylvania Democratic donors kicked in the $67,500 to the PAC, according to the analysis, based on Federal Election Commission campaign-finance reports.

Philadelphia lawyer Daniel Berger contributed $25,000. Cynthia Shapira, of Blawnox, outside Pittsburgh, also gave $25,000.

Constance Williams, a former state senator and Hess Oil heir from Haverford, gave $5,000, as did Peter Buttenwieser, philanthropist from Philadelphia; Israel Roizman, a developer from Plymouth Meeting; and Leonard Barrack, a lawyer who lives in Bryn Mawr.

New York, which the former first lady represented in the U.S. Senate before her unsuccessful presidential campaign of 2008, was the source of most of the funds, followed by California. Political MoneyLine is a website owned by CQ/Roll Call publications.