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Houston first stop for Granholm, Ready for Hillary fundraisers in Texas

A drumbeat for another Clinton presidential campaign struck in Houston Tuesday night as Democrats gathered for the first “Ready for Hillary” fundraiser in Texas.

The national grass-roots movement encouraging the former secretary of state, former U.S. senator and former first lady to run for president began in April. The effort has more than 1 million supporters and 20,000 donors – 97 percent of whom gave $100 or less, according to a group spokesman.

The evening’s headliner was former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who spoke to Democratic heavyweights at the Uptown Park residence of Arthur Schechter, a Houston lawyer and philanthropist who was appointed ambassador to the Bahamas by President Bill Clinton.

“I’m excited to be able to support the effort and to get an infrastructure in place on the hopes that it persuades her and that she says ‘yes’ ­and that when she does, there is a team in place to help,” said Granholm, as she left the event. She is among several party operatives who have been seeking support for Hillary Clinton three years ahead of the next presidential election. “We want her to know that there is this huge groundswell of support across the country.”

Former Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro said the goal to raise $250,000 in Texas has been met already with pledges. He described the gathering, which was closed to the media, as a “planning meeting” with about 50 people. Other small groups will convene in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

Continue reading at The Houston Chronicle.