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. She reinforces negative stereotypes

    Clinton claims to represent the growing number of mean old bags from the boomer generation, but I think she is reinforcing negative stereotypes about them, such as the idea that old bags have difficulty thinking rationally, or that can't do math, or that they won't ever stop talking. I think that there are a lot of nice old bags who probably resent what she's doing.

    May 7, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. liar, liar, pants on fire

    I give to Obama because I want to. He doesn't have to ask.

    May 7, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Ann California

    DNC = Don't Nominate Clinton.
    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. stu

    Matt, problem is, broke supporters will be paying for that, tax payers maybe, but certainly not her, remember, she loaned her campaign, not donated... pathetic!

    May 7, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Drop Out Hillary

    Hillary you think your in Vegas gambling? save your money and drop out already your done, why torture the American people? If you really care for the American people drop out .

    May 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Deborah

    The people donate to the Obama campaign because they want Obama to be the next President.
    Hillary please see the handwriting on the wall,

    Just Go Away Hillary

    May 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Maczene

    It's hard to believe that Hilary"s supporters would rather vote for McCain then Obama a Democrat who share the same core values as Hilary! That's the same as biting off your nose to spite your face.
    Come on Democrats lets stay together in this fight to get Bush out of our White House!

    May 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. orlando for Obama

    Clinton desparately wants to be the next president. But, after her Bill Clinton and herself have made promises that were not kept. Every four year Bill and Hillary Clinton want to come out and promise healthcare reform. The Clintons had their chance to make solid policies that could permanent benefit for the country but did not. Now, America is in great need of leader that we can trust, that does not go TV and lie, that does not take the Americans for stupid. More people in America today are educated than in the 90's. So the politic of lies and foolishness is not going to work. That is why the educated Amecirans have been voting for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Tech Recruiter

    11 million to fund her own campaign huh? Who's "Elitist" now? She should have never gone there. Bow out Hillary.

    I use to like you; but you have divided this party because of your own selfish ambition. It's time to do the right thing and step down.

    Obama 09

    May 7, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Susan MO

    She is a strong person.


    A fighter.

    What we need to lead our country.

    May 7, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Yah...

    To Sylvia,

    You make me sick...

    May 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Mike from Westchester

    Hillary has the RIGHT to stay in the race. However, she should consider the good of our country in making that decision.

    Her supporters have every right to donate to her campaign, even if it's like flushing money down the toilet.

    For Karen and others: Obama is not outspending Hillary 3 to 1. The 1.5 million Americans who have donated to Obama are! More votes, more states, more delegates, more donors, more donations, more volunteers, a much better run campaign, and a better candidate.

    May 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. D.Kimbro OHIO

    You Hillary supporters are mighty dumb.. This lady has you all buffaloed. Obama hasn't sunk low enough to expose her for what she is but the republican party sure will. She can run every election, she will never be president EVER.... She can't beat Obama with all of her ties what makes you think she could win a general election. She probably won't win re-election to the senate

    May 7, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Why can't this woman just go away!

    The idots that say that Barack Obama is "buying" the White House are woefully misguided. Barack is not "buying" the White House, the american people are. Were done with 20th century politics.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. joseph

    Pride goes before the fall. God was talking about Hillary, Bill, and Chelsey Clinton.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Mike Grinberg

    Hilary Clinton's "victory" in Indiana was due to Rush Limbaugh!
    I predict she will be campaigning (& complaining) at Obama's inauguration.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Concerned Democrat

    To the person telling Hillary to keep running so Obama can lose in November be very careful what you say. What goes around comes around. We know people like you cannot accept who he is and don't accept changes but nothing in this life time will stay the same.

    You Rock Obama!

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Proud American

    And you know what...I will make another $25 donation. Unlike Hillary with her millions Obama's campaign really is funded by the average American just wanting their voices heard. I think they were last night.

    I feel sorry for the people putting money in Hillary's campaign though. Maybe she'll use it to payback all that interest on her personal "loans". I'm curious on what the rate is too.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Melissa in PA

    You Obama supportersare going to see that you idiots picked another President who has no experience or real knowledge to run the country! If she isn't the party nominee-I am doing a write in vote for Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Debbie

    Hillary will learn soon that she can't buy the presidency. We have heard over and over from her camp that Obama has outspent her on ads, but he does because he can. The money he spends on ads are from his supporters. Thousands donate $1, $10, $25 and more to his campaign. How many political candidates have that type of unwavering support. Woman have taken all of this as a personal victory for themselves, it is not, it is all about Hillary and Hillary only.

    May 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. 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 were 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 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. New Yorker

    This campaign will go on until Hillary gets her 6.4 MILION dollars back that she loaned to the campaign. There are people donating money they can't afford and she will walk once she's got her millions back- SUCKERS.

    May 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. TimeToUnite

    Clinton may just be trying to recoup some monies before she concedes, which is understandable. She loaned her campaign a lot of money and she probably wants at least some of that back.

    May 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Blossom

    Hey Karen, Obama did not out spend Hillary – The People of the USA told him to do such by there giving of to a common cause.

    May 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. sjk

    I wish Hillary would taken her millions and donate it to the people of Burma. That way she could be doing something good with her money instead of investing it in a campaign she's already lost and fueling the division of the Democratic party.

    May 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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