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Hillary Clinton pays down her debts a little, with a little help from Barack Obama

August 21, 2008 |  2:57 am

Hillary Clinton whittled down her presidential campaign debt by $1.3 million in July, and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama chipped in to help.

Clinton’s latest campaign disclosure filed Wednesday shows that Obama gave her $4,600, a sum that presumably includes the maximum donation of $2,300 from the senator and $2,300 from Michelle Obama. The contribution was dated July 31.

Obama’s national finance chair, Chicago billionaire businesswoman Penny S. Pritzker, also gave $4,600, dated July 2.

Hillary_clinton_pays_down_debt_wi_3 Clinton and former President Bill Clinton donated the maximum to Obama back in June.

Despite suspending her campaign in June, Clinton raised $2 million in July.

California remained her major source of money, $264,000, followed by New York at $225,000. On down the list was Obama’s home state of Illinois, at $61,622.

Clinton plans to give up trying to collect on the $13.1 million she lent her campaign earlier this year. But she is trying to pay off at least most of the vendors to whom she owes $10.8 million.

Obama, whose report was not posted at the Federal Election Commission by the deadline late Wednesday, has promised to help by calling on his donors to give to her.

In July, Clinton paid some bills, including $259,934 to Electrum Productions, an event and fundraising firm; $205,000 to AT&T; and $39,105 to Google.

She paid several tens of thousands to colleges and other locales where she held campaign events or stayed during the campaign.

Among the bills she paid was $333 to the Brown Palace hotel in Denver, $9,467 to Cal State Los Angeles and $35,679 to Indiana University, her latest Federal Election Commission disclosure shows.

One bill she did not pay was the $5.279 million she owes the consulting firm founded by her former chief strategist, Mark Penn.

Altogether, Clinton raised $245.1 million and spent $220 million during her unsuccessful 16-month campaign. The remaining $25 million was supposed to be used for the general election she once envisioned.

-- Dan Morain

Photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press