Team Clinton Gearing Up for 2012?

By Nitya

Jul 18, 2008 3:58pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Rumors are swirling over whether or not former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is secretly planning a run for the presidency in 2012.

Clinton aides have stressed that Sen. Clinton’s, D-N.Y., focus now is doing everything she can to help her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., emerge victorious in his race for the White House.

However, over the past week several items have piqued the interest of speculators who wonder if Clinton and her team are gearing up for a possible 2012 bid.

This week Clinton sent her donors an email noting that she would welcome contributions of general election funds they donated to her presidential campaign to her 2012 Senate bid. General election funds are traditionally returned to donors if the candidate loses in the primary race. Clinton’s campaign is required to return this money to donors by August 28th. With that deadline approaching, Clinton emailed her supporters offering them that option.

The catch? The funds from her Senate account could be transferred into a possible 2012 bid for presidency, if Clinton decides to run.

Today, as first reported by Marc Ambinder, the Markham Group (a firm that directed all of Clinton’s advance work) has purchased the website HRC2012.com. A spokesperson for Senator Clinton denied that this website was at all affiliated with Clinton saying that there were only three websites associated with the former candidate, which include www.HillaryClinton.com, now dedicated to Clinton’s Senate re-election bid;  www.Hilpac.com, Clinton’s PAC now run by Capricia Marshall, who has worked for the New York Senator for years; and www.contribute.hillarycampaign2008.com, a site solely dedicated to donors who are interested in helping relieve Clinton’s Senate debt.

For those Clinton supporters interested in the possibility of a Clinton run in 2012, there are "Hillary Clinton 2012" t-shirts on sale. The company Skreened is selling the shirts for $23.39.

Spokesperson Mo Elleithee attempting to debunk the rumors that Clinton is preparing for a 2012 run said to ABC News, "The only 2012 race she is interested in is her Senate reelection bid."

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