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. Peter

    It is amazing to see how many rants there are from Obama supporters and very few from Clinton or even Republican supporters. Is it because Clinton and Republican supporters are not prone to categorically dismiss any other point of view or is the "reporting service" actually favoring one candidate over the other?

    As far as I can see, CNN is selectively choosing which posts to put on the website. Seems they are now the protector of Obama. I really wonder what real journalists would do – censor posts they didn't like or actually post everything so it would be a fair debate? I do believe CNN isn't doing the right thing.

    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    Obama has people around him. We give him money big time I am sending you some more money son do not worry. Keep on pushing our movement Yes We Can. That shows that we do trust him to do a good job for us and the rest of the world. $109million dollars and Hillary says she feels for us how?

    However, Hillary can stay as long as she would like and will only go home when she has loaned her camp $50million dollars more to her race that will be great. YES WE CAN GO OBAMA.

    May 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. ree not for obama

    I will not be voting for Obama for a good many reasons. One of them being how hateful his supporters are. They are turning off a lot of us and sending us over to McCain.

    Maybe it is time for both Sen. Clinton and Obama to go home and let John Edwards run for president.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Teresa Bray Moore

    I try to understand had I been in Senator Clinton position, what would I do?. As a young individual with no understanding . I probably would be worried about what people would say, and personal feeling. I would stay in the campaign. On the other hand, If I was truly concern about the nation I would throw in the towel and work closely with the D. Campaign. Anything beyond that is selfish. By the way Sylvia, I hope you feel better at some point in time because this race with Senator Obama is a everlasting one, but I an confident that you will feel better soon ' Sylvia May 7th, 2008 7:25 pm ET'

    Obama makes me sick!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. jerry from michigan

    save your donated money to Barack Obama for later,
    he is going to TAX you all to the poor HOUSE, TAX big business and the rich, you POOR students wont be getting any jobs, cause business will be laying off people left and right once Obama taxes everyone to death!!! you want him, hope you get what you deserve

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Isaac

    This fundraising e-mail was snide, unsportsman-like, and typical of what has come out of the Obama campaign. I also no know that CNN is in the tank for him. They left out lots of that e-mail. I, for one, am sick of them leaving out FL & MI and of slandering Hillary. Here is an example:

    With North Carolina and Indiana complete, Barack Obama only needs 169 total delegates to capture the Democratic nomination. This is only 36% of the total remaining delegates.

    Conversely, Senator Clinton needs 326 delegates to reach the Democratic nomination, which represents a startling 69% of the remaining delegates.

    With the Clinton path to the nomination getting even narrower, we expect new and wildly creative scenarios to emerge in the coming days.

    While those scenarios may be entertaining, they are not legitimate and will not be considered legitimate by this campaign.

    UH, REALLY?????

    May 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. peter

    David Plouffe, shot up with all your accussation. you and Obama can just drop dead. We do not care for your candidate even he wins the democrat nomination and most especially Michelle who look like a man. Mccain will win the white house.

    May 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. noemi in los angeles

    CNN misquoted the e-mail. Don't believe the media.

    Yes, I donated to the Obama camp yesterday. I am over my $200 mark, donating $25 every other week.

    Ordinary People, for an Extraordinary President.

    I am part of the Obama Generation, are you?

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. ikbar

    The majority of my life I have voted republican however, Obama changed me! I believe he is the one who can heal this nation. Karen – Hillary is trying to buy the WH with her own money, the money Obama has spent has been donated to his campaign...big difference! People have donated their money to him because they believe in him not some two bit hag who keeps changing her story every other day!

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)





    If it's important that EVERY vote counts, and it's been determinied that with FL & MI counted, Clinton still trails in popular votes, delegates, states won…… If the DNC and superdelegates wer to side with Clinton on this, would that NOT be discounting the voters (since Obama would still have the most votes WITH Michigan and Florida counted??)

    I was just curious how you guys felt about that since the argument seems to be that we want every vote to count. Please explain.

    If it's all about making sure votes COUNT, how do they count when the majority vote is overturned?

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. s.b.

    This man is disgusting. He'd need 400 million to outspend McCain by the same amount in Nov and he'd still lose working clss industrial states, urban areas and the white house.

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. GloriafromPA

    Barack, did you get my $100 donation today. G-d bless you!

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Democrat for Hillary

    The is some news out there about obama that cnn is not reporting.


    May 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Tara, Ames IA

    Yes, Barack has outspent Hillary, but he has done so with money he has RAISED from millions of average Americans who have faith and hope in our future president. Hillary can't spend that much because her supporters are too busy teaching people to vote for McCain instead of Obama. You folks need to realize that we are ALL democrats with roughly the same morals and ideas. Bickering like this is only going to bring GW the 3rd in the fall. Come on, folks. Let's see who wins – and support that person. Stop acting so "American" and bitter.

    May 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Manijeh Fakhrai

    I am surprise. All the comment was reviewed. What about us that vote for Hillary Clinton. You can not ignore million people.


    May 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Theogracias

    Hillary ready day one. But all her campaign's small vendors are out of business bcause they trusted her to pay them.

    Out there pandering to uneducated people about a tank of gas. America deserves much better.

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. doug

    hillary is not going to quit until she get enough money in her campaign to pay herself back or she can cut some kind of deal to be paid to dropout.

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Davito McCausky

    I'm sending part of Bush's tax payback bribe to the Obama campaign!!

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Right on. They call Obama an elitist, but he's not the one who can lend more than $11 million, with interest, to his own campaign. Doesn't it seem cheap to charge your own campaign interest? Isn't it like, screwing yourself, in a way? Because your campaign funds are diverted toward you personally? How cheesy. But in any case, Hillary supporters who donate should know that part of their donations go directly to Hillary's personal bank account as interest money.

    Yes, Hillary is the one who is trying to buy the White House, because she is putting in her own money when she finds support from the people lacking. Obama's campaign has relied from the start on the huge numbers of ordinary people who are supporting him. It will continue that way and it will end that way.

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    Obama is going to need every dollar he can get his hands on. He needs three or four times as much as Hillary?? Remember her supporters are poor uneducated white folk. I have given and will give again. We just can't give as much as the elitist can.

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Florida Republican for Obama

    Hillary has sooo many supporters, yet none of them support her financially. Her campaign is bankrupt ...Go Hillary.

    May 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. tellinya

    Hey Karen!

    Nooo, we the people have outspent Hillary 4 to one. We put our money where our mouth is. All 1.5 million of us. Just wait till yhe general, cus McCain baby... I used to like the Clintons. But I love my country even more and as a patriot I would vote for road kill before I voted for the Republicans this round.

    May 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Sure

    Funny how Obama still needs MORE money to survive. Does he think money magically grows on trees?? How would he ever manage to balance a budget when all he knows of is lots and lots of cash on hand???

    May 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Julie mn

    Just goes to show more of Obamas arrogant, childish behavoir! Obama should pat himself on the back for this .

    May 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. peter

    how did you vote 20times for obama barackobama4prez? that's mean it's true that there were abnormality in all caucuses that Obama won because of people like you barackobama4prez. Obama surrogates dispaching them to all caucuses to cheat. anyway, barackobama4prez there will be no caucuses in November and your Obama will be toast. 50% of democrat will vote for McCain. REMEMBER THAT barackobama4prez.

    May 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8