April 3rd, 2008
10:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton campaign to release March figures in two weeks

Moments after the Obama campaign announced that it had raised $40 million in the month of March, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told reporters on a campaign conference call that the New York senator's fundraising figures for that month would not be released until April 20 - the official FEC deadline, two days before the Pennsylvania primary.

"We knew that he was going to outraise us, he has outraised us for the last several months," said Wolfson. "We will have the resources that we need to compete and be successful in the upcoming primary states."

He said the Obama campaign had already outspent Clinton's in Pennsylvania about 4-to-1 and that he expected her campaign would be outspent about 2-to-1 on TV ad buys going forward.

Wolfson added that they expected Clinton's tax returns to be released within the one-week time frame she had promised. Clinton actually made the pledge eight days ago.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Vanessa

    This doesn't look good for the Clinton campiagn

    Great Day for Obama

    April 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Dody

    Huh? They must have those figures now – they have to have it to be able to plan their media strategy. Why wait until the FEC deadline? Maybe they want to settle some of that whopping debt before they submit. She's been roasted over not paying the health plans for her staffers.

    April 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Robin

    Hillary keeps going, no matter what. She doesn't care about the party and much much more importantly she sees herself more important than the country, so why does she care how much money she has raised?

    April 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. WIDEM

    How bad is Hillary's money situation? She must have just gotten slaughtered in march money if Wolfson doesn't want to release numbers until 2 days before the primary. This is a clear sign that the campaign is in alot of trouble.

    April 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. GDK

    Is there ANYTHING that Hillary is able to release in its due time?

    -Fundraising figures

    -Tax returns


    -Bill Clinton's library donors list

    Everything is always postponed...why?

    As a portuguese citizen – and if you allow my opinion – it would be bad if America would choose a pathological liar to run the country.
    Eight years of demented Bush and criminal Karl Rove was enough for the world to bare...
    McCains seems to be a nice man but his ideas are just an extension of the Bush policy.

    Obama is the right man.
    We are expecting him to heal America and to heal the world.

    April 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    It doesn't take 2 weeks to cook the books!

    Typical Clinton campaign so bad with their money, How are they going to handle the economy?

    Obama 08 but clinton over McCain

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. sozzi

    Hillary is broke & in the red.

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. California Voter

    Prediction: We won't see these numbers before Pennsylvania. On April 20, if anyone remembers that she promised them on April 20, Wolfson will say they had some sort of problem with their accounting system. She's a fraud. How can anyone support this cynical style of campaigning?

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Ladyleo Atlanta

    What about the taxes.

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Eric

    Are you sure we counted all the pennies? Could help to pay some long over due phone bills.

    Please Hillary, make a gracious gesture and bow out. The party will be grateful and your husband's legacy will remain intact.

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. DJ

    i'd rather see the tax returns... does it take this long to doctor them?

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. go CNN

    Three months ago today, Obama Ba-racked the world by his stunning victory in Iowa.

    And he's still rolling to victory.

    Way to Go'Bama!

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Sharon

    BO raises 40 million, and still will not win Pennsylvania.......outspends Hillary 4 to 1, 2 to 1...and still is barely ahead........Isn't there something wrong with that??????????? Check out Realclearpolitics.com....OH, PA, AND FL Hillary Beats McCain by large margins..........

    If Hillary was outspending BO this way, THE MEDIA would be all over her and asking WHY she couldn't pull off the big wins! He is supported by elite liberals with too much money....

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Bryant Lister

    That's hilarious, the Clinton campaign is too ashamed to release their fundraising total for March. So, they are going to wait until the FEC deadline of April 20th, that way there are only 2 days between the numbers being released and the Pennsylvania primary. Typical Clinton strategy of clased door politics where the people don't get the facts.

    Obama '08

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Chris

    Where is your tax return Hillary? Are you trying to cheat your way into nomination?

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Rusty from IL

    Will this disclosure of the money raised be before or after she shows her tax returns for the last few years? The tax returns that have already been filed with the IRS and the one from last year which she should have done about April 15th? What was the "time period she had predicted last week?"

    I don't see how delays can help her if she eventually gets them all out before the primary. (Now if they happen to be delay until after the primary...) It just feels like a habit of never giving any information until and unless you must. Seems very Nixon/Bush like.

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Phill Edou

    Always late? The Clintons are never ready to release anything at all

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. truth be told

    Can't wait for those TAx returns!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. stanley

    Perhaps that's when the long-promised tax returns will be unveiled as well - too close to the primary to do any real damage.

    April 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Omentum

    I know ... it takes time to add up all the late fees.

    April 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Rylan

    Could the numbers be that bad? Imagine the delay in releasing figures is that folks will realize her campaign is losing momentum/financial support.

    Probably a wise, strategic decision – if they were to release the numbers today, chances are her supporters might not get out to vote... or switch sides.

    April 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. odyseus

    Why is everything a secret with the Clinton campaign.......I regret giving them my money..........This month I am switching to OBAMA..

    April 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Brian

    Will their "figures" account for all their unpaid bills?!

    Now, in addition to being a liar and a loser... Clinton is a deadbeat, too!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. HRC, it's over babe

    If she can't even maintain proper and on-time accounting, tell me, is this not a recipe for a 3 AM economic crisis?
    I had rather stay with someone who can make an accurate projection and maintain proper, on-time accounting.

    NO MORE LIES, babe

    April 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Ray F.

    Hmmm...waiting TWO WEEKS to announce what you raised in March and STILL no tax returns released. I think there's "blood in the water" and it DOESN'T look good for Senator Clinton.

    OBAMA! '08! OH YEAH!!

    April 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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