May 7th, 2008
04:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama fundraises off Clinton loan

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s cash-rich campaign has spent so much this primary cycle, rival Hillary Clinton has been forced to loan her own campaign millions of dollars. Now the Obama team is using Clinton’s loan - in an effort to raise even more money.

“We need to show that the voices of more than 1.5 million ordinary people donating whatever they can afford are more powerful than one person giving more than $11 million to their own campaign,” said campaign manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday.

“Now is the time add your voice to our historic movement. Make a donation of $25 to match Senator Clinton's loan.”

The Clinton campaign revealed this week that the New York senator had loaned her own campaign roughly $6 million in the weeks since Obama’s ‘bitter’ comment. Earlier in the primary season, she made a similar $5 million loan.

In the 24-hour period after Clinton’s Pennsylvania win, her campaign reported a staggering $10 million in donations. They have not released a figure for funds that have come in since the senator won Indiana Tuesday night.

In his Wednesday e-mail, Plouffe argued that Clinton’s “path to the nomination has grown extremely narrow,” and said, as her staffers had earlier in the day, that “these loans show that [Clinton’s] campaign will continue to contest the remaining primaries vigorously…..”

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. barackobama4prez

    Senator Obama has my vote. I'd vote for him 20 times. Hands down he has the most integrity and really gets mainstream America. But Senator Obama needs to make sure his donors are OK with him paying off Clinton campaign debt. without public approval and permission for it, he would lose a huge chunk of fundraising donors for the fall.

    May 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. john

    good news hillary wasing cars starting tomorrow for 10 dollars a car to raise money for her campaign go hillary ,yahooooo

    May 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Tom Hanks

    Even Milt Romney figured out he couldn't buy his way to the Presidency.

    Rush Limbogh is trying to screw with Democrats mind. Him saying Obama is weaker is another one of his tactics to get Democrats to defeat themselves. Don't fool yourself! Of course he is afraid of Obama!

    Obama offers a CLEAR contrast to the Republicans.

    Keep support our next President.

    May 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Lilly

    Hillary makes me SICK !

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. ron

    YAH! YAH ! Hillary: don't listen to the critics. Stay in this as long as you can! Bloody Barack as much as possible so he loses in November.

    That way you can run in 2012!

    Never. Give. Up.

    Remember, this isn't about "we the people," it's about you!

    HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Matt

    Funny how Hillary called Obama elitist. She is the one spending millions to fund her own losing campaign. How much more elitist can you get looking down your nose and saying I am better than you, the one who is winning the election. I will spend millions to prove it, and still lose. What is a few million dollars anyway?

    May 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Karen

    Wait a minute, wait a minute....Uh Scott - Hillary Clinton is "buying" the White House???? Are you kidding? Barack Obama has outspent her 3 or 4 to 1!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. voter

    Hey, kathleen,retired Professional w/woman for obama, I'm tired of seeing your negative rants all over these blogs. Write something constructive for a change. Or, do us a favor and retire to an island without an Internete connection.

    May 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary Huckabee-Romney-McCain ... Doesn't get anymore Republican than that!

    May 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Steve, NJ

    The New Spoiler, I know this is sarcasm at its best, but the sad part is that is exactly what some of her supporters are thinking right now.

    But hey, saying "I will cross party lines to vote for McCain if Hillary loses" is perfectly fine by me; at least I'm still in touch with logic.

    May 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. James

    Oh yeah. I donated for the second time today.

    Go Obama. We are behind you.

    May 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. jo NC


    May 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. annie

    Won't be a problem for obama, he's got Auchi billionaire radical muslem and the oil companies in his pocket. WAKE UP AMERICANS.

    May 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. LJ

    Are these donations really going to Obama or are they going to repay Hillary and her loans to her campaign along with other HRC debt accumulation? I did read today that a condition for Hillary leaving the race is if Obama pays her debt off and makes her VP. I've become skeptical now, Hillary and Bill must not have a place or a role in the White House. I wonder if others feel as I do.

    May 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    I support Obama because I believe in Christian values and Obama is the candidate in the race that has displayed these values best. He cares about others, he cares about truth and justice. He is not against anyone, but he is for everyone being treated fairly.

    May 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. cory,fl

    he spent 3 to1, 4 to 1 and 5 to 1, he spent so much and he still doesnt win, why is that, yes he won NC but other than the black vote which was huge there but in a general election is only 12%, if you take that vote away he doesnt win

    May 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. dirty politics is bad

    yes, me too. i got the email and i donated. yes we can!

    May 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Nobama

    Sen. Obama WILL NOT win general election


    May 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    Ha Ha Ha Ha. What a nice guy!! NOT

    May 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Sallie Mae, ExXXXXXX-Hillary Supporter


    OBAMA '08

    May 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Dusacre


    Take it easy.

    May 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Seems to us the Clintons have misspoken again. How is it Obama can be so "inexperienced" as the Clintons claim and manage his campaign so well? Seems to us also that only an elitist would give herself millions of dollars vs. all of the small doners Obama is able to elicit. Hmmmmmmm.

    May 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Emma CA

    I object to those of you who denigrate the candidates, like calling Obama "bloody". What is the basis for calling one of them a "bloody" person. That seems to speak volumes about you as a denigrating person.

    The ridicule of so many commentors has become super nasty, but will it help win the nomination for your candidate???

    May 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Ca Native

    The democratic party can't even manage their OWN party ... and you want to manage our healthcare????


    May 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. cory,fl

    dems need to think about one thing that they over look, in the general election the black vote is 12% not as big as the dem primary, also what states do we need to win and who has won them, can you say Hillary

    May 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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