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* Money shocker! Hillary Clinton's campaign debt soars

(*UPDATE: Due to a mathematical error, Hillary Clinton's loans to herself were added twice in the calculation of this item. Her total debts are about $21 million, not $31 million. A corrected item covering the first five paragraphs of this one has been published here.)

No wonder Sen. Hillary Clinton was so late filing her required campaign financial reports Tuesday night. Her political team didn't want the shocking news in it to overshadow her lopsided thumping of Sen. Barack Obama in Kentucky.I owe how much!? Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign discloses she is now nearly $31 million in debt

But here's the morning after, pay-up time. Clinton's campaign debt has now soared to nearly $31 million, according to numbers crunched early this morning by The Times' campaign finance guru, Dan Morain.

She added another $9.5 million in unpaid bills to vendors this last month alone, pushing her total debt to vendors and herself to the new astronomical figure, about a 50% debt increase in one month.

According to a campaign release put out Tuesday evening as election returns revealed her big win in Kentucky and loss in Oregon, Clinton raised "approximately $22 million" from other people in April. The release also touted that $10 million had poured in within 48 hours of another lopsided Clinton victory over Obama, that one in Pennsylvania, and said it was the second best fund-raising month of her entire campaign.

But the number collected is actually closer to $21 million and the release also neglected to mention that she spent $28.9 million, nearly $8 million more than she took in. She used personal loans to make up part of the difference. She also delayed payments to consultants. Including the $9.5 million in unpaid bills from April, she owes consultants and other vendors $19.5 million. Not to mention the total $11.4 million she has loaned herself.

For other campaign finance figures, including surprising financial success by the Republican Party aided by the president, continue reading below the video.

The likely Democratic nominee Obama continues to vastly out-raise Sen. John McCain, but the presumed Republican nominee is closing the money gap with the significant help of his party, according to new campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

McCain disclosed he had $21.7 million in the bank at the end of April, compared with ...

... Obama’s $46.5 million. But the Republican National Committee is proving to be a real financial equalizer for the Arizona senator with the notorious distaste for fund-raising.

With significant time and help from President George W. Bush, the RNC ended April with $40.6 million in the bank -- 10 times more than the Democratic National Committee, which had a modest $4.4 million in the bank.

The Democratic Party's fund-raising also was a fraction of the Republicans' in April -- a mere $4.7 million, compared with $19.8 million for the RNC.

The DNC’s cash in the bank actually fell from its March total, which was $5.3 million. Democrats have tapped former Vice President Al Gore in an effort to draw donors to party fund-raisers.

Party money can be used to help the nominees in a variety of direct and indirect ways during the general election campaign. Parties can pay for voter registration, voter turnout efforts and advertising.

McCain’s primary fight has long been over, which allowed him to limit spending to $6.4 million last month. Democratic front-runner Obama raised $31.9 million last month and spent $36.4 million, according to his report filed late Tuesday.

McCain disclosed he received $17.8 million in contributions in April, pushing his total receipts to $100.4 million for the whole campaign, less than half of Obama's total of $266.6 million since January 2007.

The freshman Illinois Democrat scooped up $31.9 million last month, a 20% drop from the $40 million he raised in March. He collected $55 million back in February, which seems millions of dollars ago, doesn't it?

-- Andrew Malcolm

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All I have to say about Hillary, aside from her pig-headed arrogance and complete unwillingness to admit she has been defeated is this.

42 body bags, plus 4020 (and counting)

Seriously, look up the Whitewater Affair and see what Senator Clinton has wrought.

Why should you expect Hillary to clean up New Orleans with her money? Bush and the Corps of Engineers should do that. And the oil men that Bush and Cheney have made obscenely rich... along with other croneys. Those greedy Republicans. Get rich and let others clean up their mess... Oh yeah... Family values... no child left behind... Yeah, right...

Shame on Hillary Clinton for not paying her campaign bills to all those "hard working, hard working white Americans.'

Hello emotionally clouded Obama groupies:

Kentucky racist? Are Blacks who vote for Obama are just as racist?

How do you define racism?

If Condi Rice or Colin Powell were running, I bet a zillion dollars that Kentucky would vote for either of the those conservatives.

Obama is a raging socialist with charisma, albeit arrogant charisma.

And --- a vote for Obama will nudge the further decline of the USA. How many "wonderful and pure" socialists countries are there in this world?

North Korea? Cuba? China?

Obama is the ultimate used car salesman. And I believe Barak is THE self-loathing racist. And many elites and Blacks are self-loathing racists as well.

See you in church.

Hillary has run one of the most racist campaigns in recent memory, constantly harping on issues of race, all the while crying about nonexistant sexism.

It's a shame that she continues to hurt the party.

She could have contributed some of the money to the children of Burma

Now do you all understand why she's staying in it? The moment she throws in the towel, the significant money ceases, and the more she and Bill are on the hook for. Yes, she's in debt, but as long as she remains a "candidate", she can pay toward her debts with other people's money (how "progressive").

Despite what the media promotes, Obama won this weeks ago. She cannot catch him in pledged delegates (forget about the Supers, they WON'T split the party), and she knows it. She's staying in for 2 reasons, to keep the sucker money rolling in, and to position for 2012. And don't look for her to give any more than token support to Obama (think Gore in 2000 or Kerry in 2004). Running against him in 2012, whether he's perceived to be a good president or he's Jimmy Carter II, is an almost insurmountable task. Her only chance in 2012 is to run against President McCain, where she can conduct the standard class and race warfare for which her party is known.

Who, in the end, is going to pay for all of this?

Hillary's never-ending quest for whatever it is she is doing is costing a ton of money - money her campaign doesn't have. I am fine with her footing the bill personally, but I am not onboard with fundraisers or other tricks to help her offset her debt.

I feel sorry for the 'hard working Americans' who are being stiffed by her campaign. She's not working for you, she's working you over.

Did she get fries with that?

This is the most shameful part of the report...

She added another $9.5 million in unpaid bills to VENDORS this past month alone, pushing her total debt to vendors and herself to the new astronomical figure, about a 50% debt increase in one month.

These are small retail operators who need to be paid!!!
At Once!

Where does she think the money will come from to pay those bills? Obama? US Citizens? Either way it is not good.

This is not responsible behavior!

She owes how many millions of $ to her political consultants? She got ripped. Next time, she should demand pay for performance.

Are these guys the "hard working white" sort?

Yesterday morning on CNN, they did a profile on Clay, KY. The people in that town was so poor that it look like something you see in a movie with a coal miner look. Well that town is so poor that they interviewed some of the people in that town and they was talking about the candidates was not going to do anything for them. But one lady stated that the only thing she have is the "Lord Jesus". Whe I heard that it made me think about when Mr. Obama made that statement about people in Pennsylvania cling to "Guns and Religion". But he was called out of touch for that statement.

It funny how people that is struggling real bad, will not put there racism aside and do right for themselves. What is it that make people so ignorate? We've been talking about this racism and sexism for years. The bad do get no where! But if you like not able to live comfortable and like living in bad conditions then continue, but don't stop the dreams of others that want to live comfortable.

But everyone knows who has the last say so in this election. And its not people and it's not Washington, it will only be Jesus.

Last thing I would like to say, We need to stop saying God Bless American and say God Bless the World. Because around the world people of all races are going through horrible times. Little kids and adults being barried alive; children losing there parent from fighting in Wars across the land. People starving, and loosing everything they have.

Like it or not, Barack Obama will become the next President of the United States. And in another 4 years he'll be the greatest person in the World.


I'd like a full disclosure on where Obama's donations are coming from. I think the American people would be surprised at how crooked he and his supporters are. Wouldn't surprise me if family pets are now contributors. He won't get a dime from me or my vote. Nobama!

Operation Turndown

"No wonder Sen. Hillary Clinton was so late filing her required campaign financial reports Tuesday night."
How much do you think the debt really is? My guess is that amended statements later on will show a much higher debt. The real surprise is that, this being the Clintons we're discussing, they bothered to file at all. They seem to think the rules don;t apply to them.
-Wm Tate,

Ha....all of you are missing a critical point in all of this. Why is it that no one mentions how much she has decimated the state of New York? Her campaign issues pale in comparison to the financial disaster that has propagated under her rule. When she stumped in western NY to become Senator, she stated "and we'll bring 100,000 jobs to upstate NY!" Everyone bought it. Now WE have experienced her way of doing things, and warn the rest of you that this whole campaign debt issue is just another brick in the wall.
UGH! This is the best we can come up with?

How many different words can you find in the word "delusional".
Hoping that Hillary and Bill have to pay out of their own pockets for this renditon of the theatre of the absurd.

Why is this an issue? All politicians spend more tax revenue than they have to spend. She's been in the senate long enough to have learned.
Two words for her if she or her supporters think an Obama win will doom her career: Richard Nixon.

It's funny how Obama supporters and Hillary supporters used to argue fervently over who is a better candidate, with reasons to support each (usually the arguments were mud-slinging, but still...). Now the only people still posting for Hillary sound like conspiracy theorists: "Where does Obama's money come from????" and "The vast media conspiracy has handpicked Obama". The silence is deafening.

In addition to deceit, here is just another one of Hillary's values, don't pay bills. The people who serviced her campaign (perhaps the white working class) need the money owed to them, especially in this economy, therefore she is cheating them by delaying payment. They should charge her interest and late fees. And she pulled the sex card. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. You don't hear female CEOs whining. Once again no one would even know about Hillary if she wasn't married to Bill and she made it on his merits alone.


What every ethnicity or religious beliefs are, you must not be to proud of them given your attempt to conceal them. More importantly, you are neither fair-minded or neutral. In fact, you sound like a Hilary biased zealot.

You like a lot of Hilary supporters constently take this self-righteous attitude in your attempts to demean Obama when in reality, he has probably done more in one day to reach out to help disenfranchised people than you have done in your entire lifetime.

Great for the economy, we should do this every so often. Hopefully all of the calls are coming from us destinations and these campaigns aren't using people outside the us for their campaigning.

I have a suggestion, if the Democrats / Republicans don't want the process to drag on and criticize candidates for hanging on to long, why don't they just shorten the process. Encourage all of the states to be done in May or April. Other wise stop crying that someone is hanging on too long.

Something to think about.

hillary - can't run her campaign, can't run our country

hillary - can't take care of her man, can't take care of our country

So, is this the person you want to listen to about economic issues???

The reason why Africa today is riddled with poverty and sickness is because of most of the people are uneducated and they shun change prefering to do things according to their reclusive and crude instincts. I moved to Kentucky from Africa and it didn't seem like I was in the so called United States of America that people rever from outside. I suddenly found myself surrounded by uneducated crude people driven by cultural and racial instincts instead of reason, intelect and education. Unlike in Africa, I found in Kentucky men, women, and children all tobacco smokers, amidist overwhelming education worldwide on the deadly effects of smoking. Just tells you what kind of people you're deading with, third rated, third-world-country kind of people, illiterate, driven by animal instincts, racially bigoted freaks. It is beyond reason it think that a candidate who cannot manage her own affairs and is in 31 million dollar debt can stand for the poor hardworking white Americans and manage the country's economy well. And yet bigoted Kentucky people driven by animal and racial insticts are so blind-folded and don't see anything wrong with that. Such are the people we have to deal with in November: the primitives of the African jungle or Kentucky/W.V jungle. These are the Pavlovian people who are guided by their racial insticts not by reason. We badly need people from developed counties visit Kentucky and orient these people to use of reason and education.

Be careful when she waves her arm. Bill points his bony finger at us, she waves! Look at the Bosnia lie again and study what she looks like when she lies. No difference from her speeches. How did she get away with the lie??????? Doesn't anyone care that she looks at all of us Americans and lies. The Clintons have split this country so bad and are now trying to split the Democrats. They only care about themselves.

The type of fiscal irresposibility illustrated by the Clinton Campaign is hardly the kind of leadership that America needs right now. She brags that she took donations from children who sold their bicycles and video games. Has she no shame? Is this what American needs, a politician hustling the American people while she sinks further into debt, stiffs small business owners and pays the debt back with donations from working Americans? Hillary ran in the slogan that she was "ready on day 1"....well no offense, HILLARY WAS NOT READY ON DAY 1 NOR IS SHE READY ON DAY 371. It really is time to END THE DRAMA VOTE OBAMA. Clinton's vanity ride has no regard for the Democratic Party and no respect for the candidate who actually BEAT HER with a positive message. What she may gained in votes in APPALACHIA she lost far more alienating progressive voters all over this country by running a campaign that brough back the demons of JESSIE HELMS, GEORGE WALLACE, LEE ATWATER & KARL ROVE. There are some higher callings in life than satisfaction of Hillary's life long ambition. Some day, another woman will run, on her own merits, in an honorable way who will not have to dupe, deceive and defraud working class voters in order to gain a majority. Hillary Clinton is the wrong person at the wrong time.

Try imagining financial situation when Mrs. HRC is President. It would be worse than the current scenario of her campaign as, that time, she won't be lending her own money (or won't be able to because it might be in billions or trillions) also when this kind of financial mess the country would be in. I am able to see the kind of ability and "experience" that she has been talking about her candidacy.


What worries me is how will an Obama handle Iran? Forget Hillary "dodge sniper bullets" Clinton - a lying opportunist is not required a principled stand by someone with real backbone is called for and although I'll grant Obama is principled I'm not sure he has the right principles to handle such a dangerous situation.
Although I'm hardly enamoured of McCain he's the only viable candidate I think that can be entrusted not to appease or ignore but tackle the threat of a nuclear Iran with the determination and action (if need be) required.

Ok so Hillary is financing her campaign with debt. So what? How is that any different from the way we Americans buy cars, houses, flat screen TV sets? EVerything we do in this country is through debt, so leave her alone, she's just being the average american.

Maybe Hillary can donate some of the money to all the people that need funds for healthcare that she always talks about. Hypocrite.

She doesn't care. She'll get Obama to pay it off, promising reconciliation, then she'll proceed to have surrogates(Ferraro) undermine his campaign.

Mitt Romney spent many more millions than Hillary has and he has been gone for months. Hillary has raised more money in a Primary season than any other cadidate in political history with the exception of Obama. It is not surprising at all that this blog, in its rush to print only negative about Hillary miscalculated the debt. Why don't we just present Obama with a crown instead of letting the people vote.

O'Bama is in trouble.

He's a bird with a broken wing flapping around on the marble floor of the vestibule of power. The media
are being encouraging and giving him water...but he's lost his ability to fly.

Say what you want about Hillary. Since the halo has been knocked off O'Bama's head, his numbers are in the tank.

How can the "presumptive nominee" get pasted so badly again and again without
the hagiographic fawning praise to ring obviously hollow?

The question of the delegate math is coming into focus. The idea that the superdelegates should all fall in line to avoid civil war leads to an inescapable narrow pass for Democrats everywhere.

If O'Bama is seen as unelectable, what to do?

November is a hundred years away, but tell me why O'Bama is losing. Hillary and Bill pulled him off his pedestal and down into the dirt. They scuffed him up, and he can no longer pretend to be above politics.

If all those voters from Iowa on had known what they know now, would they have voted for him? No way Jose.

And now that the voters know what they know...and perhaps with more coming...will they vote for him in November?

It's looking really good for McCain.

Is Hillary hiving off a huge swath of voters to have to power to force her way onto the ticket? Or is she fatally injuring O'Bama while preparing to take on McCain in 2012? Or is she positioning herself to be capable, at the convention, of going to all the superdelegates to say, "Look, Obama was a wonderful dream...but he's not cutting it. He's vulnerable to Republican attacks. He's got a glass jaw. Too many constituencies he absolutely needs are not there for him."

Maybe, just maybe the Clintons can pull it off. I wouldn't have thought so two weeks ago...but just look what's happening, kiddies....

O'Bama is not looking like a winner any more. Who cares if Hillary spends another $20 Million? It's chump change. Bill can go
and make a speech or lobby for a foreign government. And she can easily borrow against her future speaking and publishing

This is about the main chance...and I think they see an opening, and they might be right.

Funny, a poster said "(thank you Kentucky for proving that racism still is alive in 2008). "

I am a republican, so I guess anyone that doesn't vote for Obama, is a "racist". That is a strong word to just throw around. I guess that will be the talking point when Obama faces McCain... So, all McCain supporters will be racist or bigots to HUH? I just find it funny that is a tactic used by dems to call republicans but, your calling it on fellow democrats hahahahahahha. Racism is still alive but you can't just assume that since I am not voting for Obama that I am a racist... Got to do better than that libs!!!

Great ROLE MODEL for America.. Get into debt! The real story about Hillary is that she has been in NY State for 8 years and has done squat to create job where she promised, and has allowed Medicare to spiral out of control proving she has no clue how to contain health care costs. Hillary is not a contender - she is a pretender.

According to what I read They made a bookkeeping error of about 30%. ... And you want this group to be in charge of the country's spending?, and our taxes?, and our budget?

A person who can't manage the finances of a campaign should be elected to 'clean up' the federal deficit? Delusional doesn't begin to describe her or the people who support her.

Yeah, HRC is the right person for the job of President, one that dictates being fiscally conservative and able to balance a budget, one that is able to know you cannot over spend money you do not have, one that is able to demonstrate personal ethics strong enough to never screw all over those many vendors who have not and probably will never get paid for all of their hard work.


WRONG. She is at it again. MORE millions in campaign fraud tossed into the war chest from the last 8 years of her crap.

FYI, she is going to jail soon. She has a date with the coutroom coming SOON this October 2008, and try as hard as she and her scumbag hubby Billy Bob Clitman have done so far, it will NOT be dismissed or swept under the rug.

WHY do they continue to burn all of their previous supporters? Is this REALLY who we want for the highest office in the world, a known criminal who has, up to this point in time, gotten away with massive amounts of general fraud, campaign fraud, stealing from our national archives (something that has never happened before!), dozens of sex scandals, and worst of all, MURDER. Vince Foster was murdered, plain and simple. Period.

The chickens will come home to roost, REAL SOON for the Clitmans, and now we as their prior supporters can offer both of them a lovely parting gift - jewely. Yes, a beautiful his and hers matching set of nickel-plated handcuffs.


Do a web search using the key words PETER PAUL TRIAL and you will find numerous YouTube videos will real, factual data on one of the Clitman's most passionate former supporters, one who raised MILLIONS of dollars for HRC's campaign war chest, and yet HRC claimed zero, nada, zip on legal documents for her campaign. That is fraud, plain and simple.


Meanwhile, her pigheaded stubborness has cost O'Bama the election.

Say hello to President John McCain. Hillary, you stupid, stupid fool. You never DID know when to give up, even when you have been beaten very badly, with lots of public humiliation involved. She will NEVER, EVER be president, I can assure you that! Her "career" is over, stillborn, before it really got off the ground.

Wave goodbye to the criminals, America! This will be the last year you see them in public for a very long time.

Buh-BYE, scumbags! CYA in 10-20 years!

Not so fast. What 31 million debt? Care to independently audit, historically document and sign your reputation away on this latest Clintonian 'self disclosure'? Mixing and spinning reality and fiction, the Clintons make do to profit, profit and profit for themselves, this alone and nothing else. West Virginians, Kentuckians and many other good-hearted souls who just don't see through the Clinton's high-stakes political narcissism, lifestyle and snake-oil salesmanship, will continue to be enticed to subsidize it with their non-tax-exempt contributions.

Yea the LA times got the amount wrong, by like 11 Million. I also like the excuse of we added the debt 2 x. Um I'm not Ph. D in math but isn't 20 Million x 2 actually 40 Million.

Her and slick willy had 110 million in taxible income 2007 meaning that she is far from out of money, just can't give herself any more money.

Someone explain the logic. You not allowed to give yourself over X amount of personal cash for your own campaign, but you can fleece it from people that may never get paid. I love clinton-nomics. Don't worry when she gets to office by pulling her supa dupa delegate cards she'll just tax the hell out of us to pay down the 9 Trillion dollar deficit we have that GW ran up just like here hubby did. I love both parties.

Correct me if I'm wrong but these people are spending millions upon millions to win an office that pays, at best, around $400K annual salary. Umm, where's the logic? You see it's not about the politics but the money. You read right, IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY!! Let's face it, all three of the candidates are greedy, GREEDY. Obama Bin Laden, GREEDY. Hillary Rodham Clinton, GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY. John McCain, GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY. The race should be run on a very minimal campaign using Public free time on tv, i'm sure they still do that. Posting free ads in newspapers and magazines. Even the greatest wonder of them all, THE INTERNET. YOUTUBE will let you air a ten minute video for free, FREE. and guess what not a one of these things costs. You book arenas for your supporters, why when you can use a community center to rally your voters. It may take more time to reach the constituency but hey isn't politics about meeting the people one on one? These people squander money of hard working people just so they can travel in luxury and make payoffs to delegates and superdelegates to get a nomination. Why should I care about how much money they spend? WHY? Because as a taxpayer, some of that is my money. They are all SELF SERVING ELITISTS with no respect for the American people.

Spending herself ever deeper into debt while stubbornly pursuing a goal that can't be attained? It reminds me so much of George W. Bush.

she should pay her debts with all the money in her huge bank account. bubba boffs interns

Hey, I've donated over 200 dollars to Obama, but enough of the Hillary Bashing. In the end, we're in this together.

It is completely Okay to loan yourself money for a campaign.


"INVESTIGATE ALL THESE $25 obama donations

I gave Obama about 25 bucks. So did a few of my friends, a few of their friends, and a few of their friends. It's amazing what a large number of people can acomplish if they all kick in and all it took was... the Chicago mob holding guns to our heads? Nah, I'm pretty sure it was hope =-)

Posted by: steve "

Yep, I gave $25.00 to Obama too. And I have NEVER donated to a political cause before. Hope and Change.

Hillary calls and ask me for $200 a whop! I can hardly afford gas and heat in my home since BGE deregulated. I used to send her what I could, but they still beg for no less than $200! I have contributed to Obama now, and I send what I can afford. There isn't pressure to send huge sums of money. I know so many regular people that are contributing to his campaign, because they can afford to. The money seems like a relevant investment in a candidate that is more alligned with us "normal" people, not the top 1%.

I agree with someone on here that says Hillary is taking money from the DNC by staying in. Her going into so much debt clearly shows that she is unable to manage money, and will probably not be able to manage the huge Bush/Cheney/Iraq debt that will strangle future generations of our children (born and unborn)...Why is she doing this, when there are other candidates that need this money, and she can work as a party unifier instead of an albatross? This is so typical of politics as usual in DC...I am glad that an unconventional politician is staving off the efforts of upside down money draws, and lobbyist (Black/McCain)...Washington DC shouldn't be up for the highest bidder. It should be for the people, by the people.

For those that think the $25 dollar contributions are by mobsters, how about all those contributions to other politicians, and past presidents that have been contributed by dream stealers like Enron, and assassins like Halliburton! Let's keep this real. I would deal with a mobster any day, over a cold blooded liar that could kill 4000 Americans in a snap, and give up golf to mourn them!

This sure sounds like Bush to me. She is engaged in an edless war being waged on borrowed money with no exit strategy, no metric for success, while broadcasting a tired absurd ideology and outright lies. Help!

Don't you all know? Hillary is running for the 2012 election now that she can't run for this election in Nov.. Hillary will use the Michigan/Florida debacaule to carry the run-off to the convention floor which will have disaterious results and hand the National election to McCain. She will spout off "I told you so!" and set herself up to run in 2012.

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