Hillary Clinton steps back into the fray to fundraise for Democrats this fall
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is stepping back into the limelight before the November midterm elections, helping to raise money for the Democratic National Committee in a series of fundraisers, NBC News has learned.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee will headline three events — in San Francisco, Chicago and New York — for the DNC this fall to boost the party’s chances of seizing control of the U.S. House and Senate.
Billed as “intimate dinners with discussion,” the first invitations were set to go out Monday night for a September event in San Francisco.
Clinton, the former secretary of state whose stunning loss to Republican Donald Trump in 2016 led to widespread criticism of her campaign strategy and message, has maintained a fairly low profile over the past year and a half.
She is also planning fundraisers for some women running for Congress in key races, according to a Democratic source close to her.
In July, Clinton held a fundraiser in New York for Lucy McBath, who became a “mothers of the movement” gun control activist after her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in 2012 in a dispute over loud music. McBath recently won her runoff in Georgia.
But Clinton has yet to hit the campaign trail as Republican campaign officials openly welcome her involvement as a means of tying her to Democrats running in Republican-leaning states and districts.
Clinton’s outside political organization, Onward Together, has been contributing to Democrats challenging House Republicans representing districts she won in the 2016 presidential contest — donations that have drawn criticism from GOP strategists.
"The longer a scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton lingers in American politics, the worse off House Democrats will be,” said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
An NBC review of midterm advertisements shows that Republicans running in competitive districts are tying Democrats to Clinton, along with other high profile "liberal" women including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Republicans are also emphasizing cultural issues — such as immigration — instead of the economy and the tax cut the Republican-controlled Congress passed last year.