Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has returned to electoral politics with full force. The last step in her reengagement -- after her disappointing second-place finish to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the presidential nomination sweepstakes -- was jump-starting her political action committee, Hill PAC.
Clinton did that late last month when she issued the first campaign contributions to congressional Democratic candidates since 2006, cutting $75,000 worth of checks to 14 campaigns for the House and Senate and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.
Yesterday, Clinton wrote an e-mail pitch for the DSCC that asks donors to help Democrats capture nine seats currently held by the GOP to reach the magic number of 60 seats in the Senate.
"We're throwing everything we've got into making sure [Obama] stands before the nation as a President with the political strength to break the gridlock, get things done, and start progress going in America again. And with a filibuster-proof Senate, we'll be able to bring the change this country so desperately needs," Clinton wrote.
The first recipients of Clinton's PAC donations included several incumbents who are cruising to reelection but were prominent Clinton supporters during the primary campaign, including Reps. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.).