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Hillary Clinton reports more campaign debt, so does Mitt Romney

June 21, 2008 |  2:44 am

OK, she doesn't really matter anymore in this throwaway society. But we've got some news on Hillary Clinton's political money matters.

First, although she's no longer running, her campaign debt has grown LARGER.

According to finance numbers submitted by her campaign to the Federal Election Commission late last night, at the end of May the New York senator had a total debt of $22.5 million.

Piles of Benjamin Franklins like the millions Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney loaned themselves for their unsuccessful presidential campaigns

That includes $12.175 million she loaned to herself, according to The Times' Dan Morain.

Altogether, Clinton spent $207 million on her losing 17-month effort. She raised $219 million, including the $10 million she had left over from her 2006 U.S. Senate race.

On Thursday she'll meet in Washington's Mayflower Hotel jointly with Sen. Barack Obama and some of her top donors and attempt to encourage them to start bundling general election campaign donations for her onetime foe, now that he's rescinded his pledge to accept public money.

The next day the two say they will campaign jointly somewhere.

In other political finance news that makes yesterday's welcome paycheck seem suddenly insignificant, Republican Mitt Romney reported giving himself yet another loan -- $2.3 million on May 15, pushing his total personal loans to his unsuccessful Republican campaign to $44.6 million.

Much more of that and we'd be talking serious money.

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo credit: Associated Press

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