CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- She has yet to decide her political future, but a group pushing Hillary Clinton to run for president is already working to strengthen her support in New Hampshire.
"It's a small state where personal relationships mean a lot. And both Bill and Hillary Clinton have deep personal relationships with a whole lot of people in New Hampshire," Craig Smith, a senior adviser for the super PAC known as Ready for Hillary, said while visiting the state Monday. "That creates opportunities for us here."
Ready for Hillary is building a national network to benefit Clinton should she decide to seek the presidency in 2016. As a super PAC, the organization can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money but cannot formally coordinate with the Clinton family or its representatives.
Smith, former White House political director under President Bill Clinton, spent the day courting local political officials, including union leaders and Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley.
The New Hampshire visit is part of a broader effort to expand the group's political clout in key states ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Smith confirmed that in recent days, Ready for Hillary rented the 2008 Clinton campaign's list of supporter email addresses.
He said his group would likely "phase out" and give its assets to another super PAC should Clinton enter the 2016 race.
Before then, he said his organization would mobilize thousands of volunteers in New Hampshire and other states with competitive contests in 2014. Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Democrats and likely Clinton supporters, both face re-election.