May 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Ex-Clintonite makes press-release goof

 A former Clinton staffer is now pushing a unity ticket.
A former Clinton staffer is now pushing a unity ticket.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Old habits die hard, a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter proved this week when he sent out a press release from his new organization with press@hillaryclinton.com as the contact address.

Sam Arora, a Clinton aide for three years, made the goof Tuesday in a press release for VoteBoth, which is pressing for a ticket that would bring the two Democratic rivals together.

The release said "press@voteboth.com," but linked to the Clinton campaign's generic media e-mail address.

Arora said it was a simple mistake caused by his using an old Microsoft document to make the new one.

"I didn't realize that, when you do this in Microsoft Word, you have to look at what the html says," he said. "This was just me being technically unadvanced."

Collusion between VoteBoth and the Clinton campaign would be illegal, since VoteBoth filed with the Federal Election Commission as independent of any candidate or its committees.

Founded a month ago to promote a ticket with Clinton on top and Sen. Barack Obama as vice-president, VoteBoth was retooled last week to say either candidate could lead the ticket.

Its founder, Adam Parkhomenko, is a die-hard Clintonite who was 17 years old when he launched an online drive in 2003 to draft her to run for president in 2004. He went on to become the right-hand man of Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign director who was ousted in March after a string of Clinton defeats. Parkhomenko left the campaign soon after Doyle did.

The launch of VoteBoth - originally called Clinton/Obama '08 - prompted muttering in the blogosphere about ongoing links between Parkhomenko and the Clinton campaign.

Parkhomenko said at the time that the effort was his idea - but Tuesday's press release may get the bloggers buzzing again.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Susan MO

    Continue to support Hillary Clinton!

    She will win the democratic nominee.

    She is more experienced.

    For the people

    A fighter.

    That's all good for a president!

    May 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    No collusion, just like the Women's Voices, Women Vote illegal Robo calls that went out to at least 11 states that we know of targeting African American neighborhoods in their attempt to disenfranchise and muddy the electoral process in favor of guess who? yep, Hillary again.
    Seems like lots and lots of errors all in her favor? hmmm......

    May 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. silence do good

    Ozombie check list:
    – this represents a blatant conspiracy
    – hillary is probably a demon spawn
    – everyone who calls the people in the article a bad name must come up with a new one
    – every other comment must contain at least 1/2 ALL CAPS and bad spelling

    comply or you are out of the New Order

    May 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Randy - Denver

    I am not a supporter of Ms. Clinton but cut-and-paste errors.. yep that happens as we all know. I would wonder, however, why they were cutting and pasting from the old document if there were no ties... but aI will simply put this down to the old document had some relevant information and will not jump on the conspiracy theories that will soon abound.

    May 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. ooop

    that's what happens when you surround yourself with incompetents-go from shoe-in favorite to back to your senate seat.

    May 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Jodie

    I know that many Hillary supporters want her to be the VP, but that should be Obama's choice. If Hillary won, she would not have to pick Obama as her nominee. Let him choose. If you do not want to vote for him because of it, then realize what you are voting for when you vote for McCain. I hope you have enjoyed the last 8 years of NCLB destroying education and the rich getting all the tax cuts, because it will continue. Watch out! I heard McCain has quite the temper.

    May 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Tom

    Don't worry sir, you've got plenty of company in the politically suicidal democratic party of mistake makers. A couple of questions for Wolf to ask Obama.......

    I've got a ton but here's just a couple..............

    While he says he wants to bring everyone together, he and his supporters have been incredibly divisive in their sarcastic and more often than not, even childish attacks on those who question him and his campaign even berating in incredibly nasty terms an elderly African American poet. Why? And please don't laugh it off – it's part of why Hillary supporters won't vote for you.

    Here's another – Again you view yourself as a uniter (who campaigned in Indiana, where you ultimately lost anyway instead of being in Memphis where you belonged) but are more than willing to welcome the fact that 90% + of African Americans voted for you in what is a divisive tactic at best and racist at worst. I've even heard African Americans discuss and say in quite intense tones "it's about time we got our payback". What promises have you made to them?

    May 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Proud American

    So what's another law or two for the Clintons to break. Those things are meant for other people anyway.

    May 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Sheanne

    OBAMA WILL NEVER GET TO THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE 50% OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS WON'T VOTE FOR HIM. HE CAN NOT NOR EVER BE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE BLUE COLLAR WORKER.

    DOES CNN CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT? NO.

    May 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Debra

    what do we expect from the Clinton's and those that support them. It get worst and worst people. the longer she stays in this race, the more exposed the clinton's are and their supporters.

    May 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Russell

    CNN,
    What does Rush Limbaugh think of this?
    And how does this reflect upon Obama and Reverand Wright?

    May 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. An Agnostic Democrat

    Surpise! More behind the curtain Clintonian game-playing that got outta the bag.

    May 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. mary landsfind

    does she not have any shame? after publicly saying the things she has said about obama, including "shame on you, barack" and public glorification of mccain over obama, she now wants to force obama to take her as his vp? this is disgusting. you know hillbilly, you got to earn a position, not bribe/force people into giving it to you!

    you sure are a tough gal, but no way a hard-working one. always looking for an easier/unethical way to sneak in....

    elder democrats, please interfere......

    May 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Tab

    West Virginian Democrates how the Republican party who will get the white house!

    Vote OBAMA!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Fred

    They been goofs from the start. What a way to run a campain. Straight down the toilet. We are just luckey it was not the country.

    May 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Brad in N.O.

    As a web developer, and a long time techie, I am leaning towards believing this guy. I have seen non-technical people do some AMAZINGLY stupid things when it comes to email, all because they dont know how it works. So, there was likely no collusion

    Not like it matters anyway, because Obama wont take Hillary as his VP. And I dont blame him.

    May 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Tjaye

    BUSTED!!

    May 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. White Independent

    That has become her strategy. If you remember she tried to float this idea out there after super tuesday. When that didn't work she stepped up her campaign to smear Obama. Since she can't win the job on her own she's trying to force Obama to pick her as a running mate by dividing the party as much as possible. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! This was no accident.

    May 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Winkzilla, Tucson

    If she has an underground machine with Vote/Both, perhaps part of her underground machine is with Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly as well.

    May 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. jl

    WHY IN THIS TIME OF A TOUGH ECONOMY, WOULD HILLARY TAKE

    THE MONEY FROM INNOCENT VOTERS TO FUND A LOSING

    CANDIDACY??? Not everyone has $109 mil to lose.

    KEEPING THEIR $$$ IS A SAFER BET THAN THE GAS TAX JOKE.

    May 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Tom

    Feinstein is right – race is causing division in the party but it's the african american race doing the dividing by voting at a racist 90% + clip for obama.

    What people are failing to realize when they say that the party will come back together is that IF HILLARY WASN'T THERE, WE WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED DEMOCRATIC IN THE FIRST PLACE. We never were a part of the party (we're independents, sunshine) so if she's not going to be the nominee, we're just going to go back to the next best candidate and that is easily McCain. We don't need a left wingnut in the white house, especially now.

    May 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. mr.jazz

    TYPICAL MEDIA HOG WASH, ANYHING TO MAKE HEADLINES, THERE NOT INTERESTED IN THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE VOTERS, JUST CONFUSION, SPIN AND CONFUSION, THAT WHAT RUNS THE MEDIA, SO WHAT IS IT YOU WANT THEM TO ASK EITHER CANDIDATE AND NOT TURN WHAT THEY SAY INTO FODDER FOR THE MILL

    May 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Roy P

    A vote fpr Obama is a vote for McCain. She should run on a separate ticket. She would beaat both. If not I will be forced to vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Ready for Change

    Yes, by all means, lets investigate this, omg we cannot have someone making a mistake. That simply cannot be allowed. There will have to be serious and I mean serious punishment for this crime.

    May 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Wolf,

    Although I will vote for John McCain, The idea of Hillary Clinton as Vice President is too scary for me not to offer up a suggestion to Sen. Obama. My suggestion is that he ask Caroline Kennedy to be his running mate. I think they would do extremely well! Someone certainly has already thought of this, but maybe you will get some interesting feedback on your blog!

    May 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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