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Hillary Clinton campaign stiffs her high school $3,161

March 31, 2008 |  3:16 pm

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been in the news several times this election season for being, shall we say, somewhat tardy in paying its bills.  New York and Des Moines companies complained to the media. And when a New Hampshire landlord went public with his Clinton debt of $500, other companies cried out. (He eventually got paid his $500 and publicly donated it right away to Barack Obama's campaign.)

Now, it looks from new Federal Election Commission filings that Clinton's campaign had $8.7 million in outstanding debt at the end of last month.  Ouch!  And that included $3,361 owed to Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., for renting the Watson Auditorium and for catering.

Hillary Rodham graduated from there in 1965.

On the eve of Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, Clinton staged a big town hall meeting from the Maine South High School auditorium that was broadcast nationally on the Hallmark Channel, allowing supporters across the country to ask questions live.  Maybe you saw it.  Millions did.

But campaigns move on. And her alma mater is still awaiting its money.

The FEC form lists only a “Dr. Rose” as the school contact.  A switchboard operator at Maine South said no one was available to discuss the debt, and that the only Dr. Rose at the school was Dr. Rose Garlasco, who is assistant principal.  Voice-mail messages for her and the Clinton campaign have gone unanswered.

(UPDATE:  This just in.  What a coincidence.  According to Jay Carson, a spokesman for Clinton's campaign, the invoice from Maine South High School was paid today.)

-- Rick Pearson

Rick Pearson writes for the Swamp of the Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau.