February 6th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton loans herself $5 million

NEW YORK (CNN) — Democrat Hillary Clinton loaned her presidential campaign $5 million in January, the New York senator said Wednesday.

"I loaned the campaign $5 million dollars from my money," she said at a press conference at her Arlington, Virginia headquarters. "I loaned it because I believe in this campaign and I think the results last night proved the wisdom of my investment."

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson confirmed reports Clinton had lent her campaign money in January, and said "The loan illustrates Sen. Clinton's commitment to this effort and to ensuring that our campaign has the resources it needs to compete and win across this nation."

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  1. Johnson

    That money would have been better spent trying to help the Katrina victims get a new home. I still see people sleeping in tents under the Interstate. We are suppose to be the richest state in the world and its sad to see that people don't have a roof over their heads. I think all campaign financing should come from the American people so that they can have invested into the campaign they believe will lead them in the future. A lot of the special interest groups would start going out of business that way. Hillary STILL takes all this money from special interest groups since she takes lobbyist and corporation money yet she can't catch up to Obama who doesn't take any money from lobbyiest and special interest groups.. That shows the strength of the American people.

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. MNDem

    Just made another donation to Obama.

    YES WE CAN!!

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Florida Dem

    Obama claims that Sen. Clintons supporters will vote for him but that his supporters are so closed-minded that they would vote for a Republican instead of Sen. Clinton.

    What does that tell you about his campaign?

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Yemi

    Wow!! Is it really that bad??? :(

    Even though I support Obama, i didn't expect this

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Frank

    HA HA HA !

    We the PEOPLE finance the OBAMA campaign !!!!

    Now more then ever .. I send another contribution tonight !!!

    Frank and Family

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. scott

    hey....Bush is trying to put together a $150 billion economic stimulus package...
    wouldnt it be money better spent to give that money to the dems so they can get a (very necessary and helpful) early start on bailing americans out of this disaster ..

    we're obviously not going to recover any money from the oil co's or tax revenue from the wealthy, until well after a Dem is elected....

    isnt THAT a practical solution to our current disaster?

    February 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Chris B

    Wow Clinton... how did you manage to bank $5 million after your "lifetime" of public service experience? I didn't know the Children's Defense Fund paid so much. Oh wait, 10 of your "35 years" was "experience" as a partner for a private law firm. For shame.

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. bryan, san francisco, CA

    uh, if you've had "one of [your] best fundraising efforts ever...," then why would you need to loan 5 million to your own campaign?

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. vicki

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN IN FINANCAL TROUBLE $$$$$$

    Forced to lend herself $ 5 million dollars . The loan illustrates that she has exhausted her supports and has no propects of new ones .

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. joe

    She'll probably 'repay' the loan by jacking up the rent that she charges the federal government to house secret service agents in a separate dwelling on her property (which in the past has reportedly been equal to the mortgage on her entire home property). She made $100,000 on cattle futures from a $1000 investment– I'm sure she'll do just as well on this loan, probably courtesy of US Taxpayer.

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Peggy

    who does she think she is....mitt romney?

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Aillyn

    It's obvious she feels threatened by Obama. The fact that Obama raised twice as much as Hillary shows his strong support. Seems people don't feel so strong about Hillary Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. broadstreet buddy

    Hillary needs support from her wallet and from her husband. Obama HAS support from the people!!

    February 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. TEXAS Mike

    BWHAHAHAHAH! Desperate Times... Desperate Measures...

    She "lends" to her campaign and her supporters "give". How insane is that?

    *sarcasm* Yeah she cares more about the people. It's about the people. Not the candidate *end sarcasm*

    February 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. chris

    wow..and who is gonna pay it back ...if its a loan??

    February 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. cathy

    She may be committed, but donors don't seem to be.

    February 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. JP, Winnetka IL

    This race will go on, and every week from now on Obama will continue to rise... very historic and very uplifting. We deserve to feel good about something.

    February 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Proud Californian

    Hillary is able to get the diversity of the nation to vote. She doesn't see the country only in black and white. She is the only one experienced enough, determined enough, and smart enough to become president. She doesn't go half way on the issues she goes all the way. Health care for ALL!

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Sal

    Hillary Money bags are running away as CNN reports.

    Obama will raise more money this month than last month. He will also take Ohio, Texas and PA, at the same time get the nomination at the same time.

    Old experience is irrelevant today. ( 1992 Bill Clinton)

    her Econ stimulus plan fell short. Initially
    Voted For the war in iraq
    Voted for the war in Iran

    Need I say more

    Change is here

    Obama 08

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. justin

    how much of the 13.5 million was her own money?

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Susan in Cincy

    Good for her! If I could match it I would!

    But... being a small business woman, all I can do is send her $10 every time I make a sale.

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Veronica Ward

    She's in big trouble.

    She is supposed to be the best on economy, how is Obama able to raise that much money in one month! I'm surprised he's knocking the big monolith off her stand, slowly but surely.

    Go Obama!!!

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Tom

    Sounds like she should go ahead and drop out. Its the beginning of the end for her.

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Faye

    God Bless her! She has every talking head, media, radio, blasting her and praising Obama. But yet she can and will fight on. WE are behind her and
    now we will all donate more to her. She will be our next President!!!!

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Dylan, San Fran

    Uh, er, hmm... wait, uh.

    So, if you have tons of cash, why not pay yourself back OR not "loan yourself the money" at all.

    Hmmm...
    Let's call an expert for guidance.

    Calling Mitt Romney, over.
    Mitt, are you there?

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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