June 27th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama donates to Clinton campaign

Sen. Obama and Michelle Obama donated to Clinton's debt.
Sen. Obama and Michelle Obama donated to Clinton's debt.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, each donated $2,300 Thursday to the campaign of his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, which is millions of dollars in debt.

In addition, Obama's national finance chairman, Penny Pritzker, and her husband donated another $2,300 each, said Obama communications director Robert Gibbs. The $2,300 is the maximum individual contribution allowed.

"[Obama] wrote a check himself, as well as his finance chairman, so I got two checks in my pocket for Hillary," said Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe.

Asked how much the checks were for, he responded, "They maxed out."

Obama communications director Robert Gibbs confirmed the Obamas' donations.

The move comes nearly three weeks after Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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  1. John

    Let me get this straight – Hillary and Bill made $109,000,000 over the past several years . . . Hillary presented herself as the candidate with experience to be ready to go on day one! yet she and Bill somehow ran a campaign that finished $20,000,000+ in deficit??? The prosepect of this duo runing the country's economy was truly frightening . . . no we are supposed to donate to them so they can pay off their debts – where do I get in line for this approach to paying my debt????

    June 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. STILL VOTING FOR HILARY!

    WHERE IS THE PUBLIC FUNDING MONEY GOING OBAMA RENEGED ON GOING? HE LIED ABOUT USING IT! WE ALL DONATED IT! SO LET HILARY USE THAT MONEY HE SO ELIQUENTLY REJECTED AFTER SIGNING A PROMISE HE WOULD ACCEPT IT. I THINK THATS FAIR. YOU LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU PAY! I WANT TO KNOW WHO IS GETTING THAT MONEY?

    June 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Hello!!!

    SORRY, my bad!!!!! My previous post was wrong :)
    Stories before today never mentioned Michelle's $2300......:)
    Sorry!!!! :)

    June 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. A CANUCK

    Hillary will do anything for the money.....money that she wasted on a desperate campaign she couldn't believe she was losing !!!!!

    June 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Peter E

    Well, considering he owes his entire primary victory to badmouthing her and uniting people to hate her I think it is indeed fair he'd pay her! He'd be nobody nowhere without her!

    June 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Peter E

    Obama based his entire primary campaign on slinging mud at Hillary. People voted for him because he's (supposedly) not like Hillary. He spent most of his campaign money attacking her.
    Bottom line: he owes her. He owes her BIG time!

    June 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    WHY!!! Because it's not about Obama nor Hillary. Its about the party and taking the WH back. It's about soldiers dying in Iraq, people losing their homes, seniors losing their social security, children being able to afford an education, families having health care, etc...

    June 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. A recovering Republican

    Hello: "Where's Michelle's $2,300???????????? He wrote a check for the individual amount, WHERE"S MICHELLE'S????"

    Maybe you should read the very first pargraph of the story before jumping to conclusions. The EACH gave the max.

    10 years sober

    June 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. boered1

    Hello!!! June 27th, 2008 9:08 am ET

    Where's Michelle's $2,300???????????? He wrote a check for the individual amount, WHERE"S MICHELLE'S????
    Oh, that's right, she has to wait to decide if she likes Hillary or not….certainly after BASHING her over and over, we all know the answer.
    ____________________________________________________

    typical clintonista cannot even READ the first line said "Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, each donated $2,300 Thursday to the campaign of his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, which is millions of dollars in debt."

    Yet again rachel do you see what I mean? can you not see the hatred spewed by the clintonistas everytime an article is published? look at the three entries immediatley following yours! Now ask me again why I hate the liar clinton and continue to badmouth you clintonistas! A man TRIES toi help a fellow democrat out of a mess that is arguable of her own making, instead of saying thank you, a polite response, he gets the kinds of comments from the clintonistas we have seen here. PLEASE NOTE OBAMA DID NOT TELL THE PRESS THIS! it was put out by the liar hillaries group ""[Obama] wrote a check himself, as well as his finance chairman, so I got two checks in my pocket for Hillary," said Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe." and THEN confirmed by Obamas team "Obama communications director Robert Gibbs confirmed the Obamas' donations" So he was NOT trying to publicise this SHE was which goes to show that he was not trying to buy her voters as he has been accused of if he was he would have held a press conference while he signed the check.

    June 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Jennifer C.

    How about McAuliffe etc. tossing Obama a cool $2300. That would show unity.

    June 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    Hello!!!. Can you read. You are just so ready to pounce on Obama and his wife you have lost your ability to comprehend what you read.
    The first sentence says Obama and his wife each donated.

    June 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    Rachel. How much did you contribute to get Hillary out of debt? Where are her 18 million voters? Obama shouldn't have to help her.
    Put your own money where your mouth is.

    June 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. gerrard

    Hello!!! June 27th, 2008 9:08 am ET

    Where's Michelle's $2,300???????????? He wrote a check for the individual amount, WHERE"S MICHELLE'S????
    Oh, that's right, she has to wait to decide if she likes Hillary or not….certainly after BASHING her over and over, we all know the answer

    It was all over on CNN last night that BOTH Barack and Michelle gave
    individual checks.
    Perhaps if you spend time to read and listen to what's being said in the news instead of trying to find avenues to vent hatred about someone, you may not have posted that comment.

    June 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    To all of you Obama haters and Hillary supporters. Why is she still in debt? 18 million voters? What good are they? Just a lot of talk. Support her with your wallets not just with your lip service. Your lip service can't help her anyway. She lost already.

    June 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    Obama doesn't need her and why should he help bail her out when she miss managed her own campaign? No one told her to go into debt when there was NO WAY she could when. That's on her. I don't see every day American's getting bailed out when they go out and spend money that they don't have. Why do the Clinton's and their supports still feel entitled to something? Yet another example of a man of color being treated like he should be thankful for some doing him wrong.

    June 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    Rachel. Have you noticed the Obama hate is still alive also. Hate feeds on hate.

    June 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Marie

    The least Obama can do isn't it?

    June 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I think it is great that Obama donated, as that shows him leading by example.

    That said, I think he's a sucker for giving her money.

    June 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. McCain is still Running?

    She spent the money she did not have, maybe she should have budgeted better

    June 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Natalie

    These so-called PUMA Democrats are soooooo dumb!!!!! It's amazing to me that people can be so stupid and childish! Wow!!! Dumb!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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