Three political action committees have been formed over the last month to jumpstart fundraising efforts for a Michelle Obama run for the White House in 2020.
Three new organizations that appear to be unconnected have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, or FEC, to begin operations, the Hill reported.
Ready for Michelle, a super PAC that could raise unlimited money for candidates it supports, submitted its FEC filings on Oct. 31, about a week before Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.
The group was founded by Donald Garrett–a federal government employee, according to the Hill–and has its own website, ReadyForMichelle.com. The website claims the super PAC is a “grassroots movement to encourage Michelle Obama to run.”
Ready for Michelle is run by five volunteers including Garrett and has raised less than $1,000 but gained more than 1,000 signatures encouraging the first lady to run.
The other two PACs were created in the past two weeks. One group is named Ready for Michelle 2020, and the other is Friends of Michelle 2020. Both PACs are unable to raise unlimited sums of money from individual donors.
Ready For Michelle 2020 also has a website, ReadyForMichelle.Org. The group’s mission statement claims it plans “to help educate voters throughout America about progressive issues and to defeat the hateful, racist, and misogynistic Trump agenda.”
Despite the creation of the three PACs, President Obama has said multiple times publicly that his wife will not run for president.
Michelle Obama has said the same, telling the South by Southwest festival in Austin, “I will not run for president.”
“No, nope, not going to do it,” she said after the audience sounded disappointed.