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. Dylan

    More secrets from the Clinton campaign. Why not release the figures NOW? ...because it will make you look bad? Pathetic.

    Speaking of secrets... Hillary, release your tax returns!

    April 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. matt

    before you all say the clintons are horrible.. Just relax the tax returns are coming. maybe you ll get lucky and find a jeremiah wright sermon in them

    April 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Chuck, TN

    It's interesting that they will wiat 2 days before the PA primary before they release their numbers. Must not be all that great. The 3am phone call must be ringing off the hook from bill collectors.

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. pmet

    Once again the Clinton campaign is trying to manipulate the public. By holding off on funding reports until right before the Pennsylvania election, they want the voting public to think that, perhaps, they are solvent. In the meantime, I am sure she is "loaning" herself a lot more money - not that they will ever admit it. They are so incredibly dishonest. Release the tax returns, release the donors to the Clinton library. On second thought, do us all a favor and drop out of the race.

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Al, Lawrence KS

    If it's bad news, wait. I always said that Hillary would not release her tax returns before the PA primary. And it will take 2 more weeks to gerry the numbers so that her March contributions won't look so bad...and to pay her bills. She is never up front about anything.

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. DF

    Sorry, Hillary. Even I'm beginning to think it's in the best interest of the democratic party that you suspend your campaign and show your support to Obama. I know you don't like to lose – it's not necessarily you, but it's just not the right time for a Hillary Presidency.

    April 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Paul

    Of course, they don't have as good of numbers as Obama so they have to wait.

    April 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Aloja Airewele

    How a candidate runs a campaign is an indicator of his or her management skills.
    So far Senator Obama has shown a greater proficiency in that regard.

    April 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. S. Williams

    Im a Barrack supporter, so my response is a bit biased...

    but how can you gain any trust with the american ppl when you; "mispeak" (Bosnia sniper fire), hide your tax returns from voters, make false claims and extend deadlines, not pay your bills (Ohio)... the list goes on.

    It is so ridiculous to me, that anyone can vote for this women. How is this a difficult choice for America. As a young black man (first time voter), Im honestly confused...

    !! Obama in 08' !!

    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Gebriel

    Hum! Two weeks to spin there low figures. What happened to a million a day. Better watch out they dont try to cook the books.

    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. DMR

    Hillary doesn't want to show she can't compete with Obama when it comes to raising money. The media's portrayal of a financial crisis for her campaign will continue, until she releases her numbers.

    Notice how she won't release any numbers until closer to the Penn primary so the impact isn't as severe. Now for her tax returns....maybe she can release them after April 22.


    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. yesu

    time for Clinton to chill out, why bring more oil to make heavy the face of the whole family? why don' t they themselves watch 'the Clinton chronicles' on youtube.com? millions missed it, but the truth shall not be stifled anymore. Unsaddle the horse now, Clinton.

    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Kiki

    "We knew Obama would outrise us" Just like you knew he was going beat you in popular votes, delagates, and funds.
    How can she run the country, when she cannot even fund her campian? Billary you do not know how to manage money and I can't wait until you finally release your taxes.

    Obama "08"

    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary is going to realize that today's politics is so very expensive and it takes a "lot of money"..........even to be defeated.

    April 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. When will it end?

    He must have blown her doors off. They are waiting to announce because they want to put some cushion time in. If he had raised less they would have followed up immediately.

    April 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Kent D

    This is the real tell of where the Clinton campaign is. If they had any good news, they'd be releasing it. What are we going to see first – tax returns or fundraising totals. I think the news will be bad for Hillary, no matter which one.

    Much like Rocky, I feel her campaign is running on raw eggs.

    April 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Debra

    Money matters and decides. What a great democracy!

    April 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Tanya, Chicago

    Obama reminds me of the Apple advertisement on TV. Kids love both Apple products and Obama, but is he the real deal?

    April 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Wake up

    Obama should win 4-1 to Clinton in PA, otherwise, he is a big loser. Period.

    April 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. christine

    I think the clintons need to put there ambition aside they dont have enough money they cant show us her tax returns please somebody tell me were this is going to go, they call other people judas, bill clinton is fighting with wuperdelegates why does this have to be about them, this is about the american people, this is about the economy not about there legacy, we dont need that anymore in this country when they make is a legacy like bush after bush, now they want it to be clinton after clinton and american are the ones that a paying the price look at what bush did, we need change in washington please lets think before we vote this is what happened when people voted for bush same folks in the white house we are not changing anything at all

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. rich

    Where's the transparency? I guess it's there only when they're forced to. I'd love to know what percentage is from lobbyists and whom they represent.

    If the disparity is great, it seems like it'd be a better idea to take the damage now rather than two days before the primary.

    The nomination campaigns are probably the biggest challenge any of the candidates have ever undertaken. Who do you honestly think has handled this challenge best? And, yes, there are many more important factors other than money raised. In my opinion all the candidates have risen to the campaign challenge, but Obama has transcended them.

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Tanya, Chicago

    Buy Gore too... You got 40 Million more now.. Yes, we can !!!

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Interesting

    LMAO, it must be really bad if they don't want donors to know.

    Anyone who gives her a dime now is delusional or being lied to.

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Paul

    The Clintons are lyers and their supporters are naive to say the least. To trust the Clintons is like following a cult. Wow, the Clintons have a cult of believers that will believe anything they say. We don't need another president most Americans do not trust. The cult of believers are small and getting smaller.

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Shawna

    Once again their campaign drags out release of information, I guess the voter will receive the figures along with her tax returns, and her legislative pork barrel spending, and they have a chance to spin the information.

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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