July 29th, 2008
10:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton holds 'retirement dinner' contest

Clinton's campaign advertises a chance to win dinner with the senator.
Clinton's campaign advertises a chance to win dinner with the senator.

(CNN) – No, she’s not leaving politics, but she is still trying to retire more than $25 million of campaign debt.

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Web site is advertising a contest to win a summer “retirement dinner” with the former presidential contender. The price for a chance to win is a contribution to her creditors.

“Summer is a time for simple pleasures: family vacations, baseball games, and dinner out under the stars,” Clinton’s e-mail to supporters says. “At least it is if you aren't running for president! It sure is nice having a little more time on my hands, and I'd love to spend some of it with you.”

Those interested in helping Clinton retire the debt can pay from $10 to more than $2,300 for a chance to win the dinner and “talk about whatever you’d like.” The campaign’s site doesn’t say where the winner will dine with the senator, but it mentions that round-trip transportation and the total value may run $3,000.

According to the latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission, as of June 30 Clinton is $25 million in debt, over $13 million of which is owed to herself.

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soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. marianna

    I could chip in again if she becomes a presidential candidate (not for a VP spot though), but I will not spend a penny to pay off a debt of a former candidate. Mainly, because she is in debt mostly to herself. I'd rather pay my bills, while Bill could pay hers.

    Ready to make a donation for Clinton/Clark 08 ticket.

    July 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Something tells me this isn't just for her debt but also for her 2012 stock pile...uggghhh! toxic

    July 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Kate

    she's got $100 million in the bank .. minus 25 .. leaves her with 75 million ONLY. Please donate!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. lulu

    To all you bloggers asking PUMA to pay her debt, we're trying. Don't know how much has been paid down since the figures have yet to be released.

    To the rest of you denigrating PUMA's, shut your mouths because it is WE who will be the deciding factor in this election. Yes, that's right...women over 40 decide most of the presidential races because we are the most consistent voters.

    To the rest of you Hillary-haters...HA HA HA HA HA. The Messiah can't win without us now can he? He should be 10-15 points above McCain, but isn't. Wonder why that is? He's practically tied with "the old man". Could it be the "older, senile" voters are coming out in droves to support him?

    And by the way, I'm going to now ask that you refer to us as White-Americans. If it's politically correct to call people African-Americans, although none of the blacks in this country were born in Africa, then it should be politically correct for us to refer to ourselves as White-Americans.

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. No McCain!

    Put your money where your mouths are!

    Pathetic
    Uneducated
    Misguided
    Americans

    I have NO problems with Hillary, but her supporters are just hateful.

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. White Dude for Obama!

    All she needs is 1 dollar per vote. That's only 100 pennies.

    July 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Phil-Little Rock

    If I had it, I'd pay every dime if it meant the ClintonS were retired and promised to never come back.

    GO OBAMA!! (and go home, Hillary).

    July 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. keesa

    I DONT THINK MRS.CLINTON HAD 18MILLION VOTERS AS SHE CLAIM TO HAVE BECAUSE WHY ARE THEY NOT HELPING HER WITH HER DEBT.I THINK HALF OF THOSE FOLKS WERE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO PUSH HER OVER SO SHE CAN RUN AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN. IF I HAD A PENNY TO GIVE SHE WOULDNT GET IT REMEMBER CLINTON YOU SAY JOHN MCCAIN WOULD BE A BETTER PRESIDENT THEN OBAMA SO ASK HIM HA HA HA.

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Shirley

    I am sure that this point has been made before, but I still do not understand why if 18 million people did actually vote for HRC, why they have not stepped forward to help her retire her campaign debt. At 60 years old, and being a female, it truly doesn't make much sense to me that her friends and supporters would allow her to continue to struggle to collect money if they believed in her as they said they did.

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. OBAMA WINS GEORGIA

    WHERE ARE THOSE 18 MILLION SUPPORTES AND THOSE CRAZY PUMA PEOPLE?

    July 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Phil-Little Rock

    I agree........if these 18 Million voters of hers in PUMA are willing to follow her campaign and support John McCain because their panties are in a bunch over Hillary losing, what's the deal?

    CALLING ALL YOU PUMA IDIOTS........BAIL THE OLD BAG OUT OF DEBT, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. William

    My comments hardly ever get posted any more... However, this attempt at recouping money for a campaign that should have known when to quit is simply pathetic! I'm glad she won't be in charge of America's fiscal responsibilities.

    July 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Cindy

    It's a stalemate. PUMA's need to retract their claws. Obama supporters need to forgive and embrace. What to do, what to do?

    Hillary and Barack: It's your party. What was once a spirited campaign, has ended badly. It's the price we all pay for using Kitchen Sink attack strategies.

    July 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. DJ in TX

    If you have the money, then give it if you want. As long as the money goes to the creditors. She took a risk with her own money just as Romney did. He's already stated that he's not going to ask for his back.

    At any rate, don't think of it as helping Sentor Clinton, but rather helping out hard working Americans who performed a service and should be paid. Just my 2 cents.

    Dem's unite!!

    July 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Griff

    Go see John McCain, and join his "Team". He may help you pay off your Debt. But you have to help him: Win The ELection.. You will get a Lot more Respect from Him and the Republicans. Than you ever got from The Idiot Democrats... You were used then, and they will use you again.........

    July 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Texan for Progression

    That fork-tongued idiot Howard Wolfson was just on MSNBC still touting how Hillary won more votes than any other candidate in primary history. The problem with that statement is, apart from the obvious presumptuousness, most of the 18 million are identical to her nomination bid. They lack the ability to look beyond their own prejudices to focus on the greater good that this country absolutely requires at this juncture (if you think that last statement was calling you a racist, you are only proving my point...I did not specify "racial" prejudices). The judgment you employ to achieve your end goal is tainted by an ill-fitted end goal. There are more Americans who require something greater than what Hillary has to offer than there are Americans who are satisfied with what she brings to the table. Your inability or reluctancy to understand this is directly related to inability or reluctancy to grasp the concept of SUPPORTING YOUR OWN DARN CANDIDATE (ex candidate, that is)..

    July 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. JJ

    Wow! There are some nasty comments to this story today. Can't we just get along????

    I guess I will have to pay $10 in just to get me in the running for a dinner but I would rather contribute to Obama's campaign to get my name in the hat to go to the convention in Denver. Neither one will probabaly ever happen because they will pick the winners according to how much they contributed. Big donors will always reap the benefits. :-(

    July 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Kenny

    I still think HRC is going to try to upset the Dem. Nat. Convention to get her name on the ticket. If such a fight takes place then "Poor McCain" would have a cakewalk into the White House. It is so sad that this is a grest possibility. Democrats need to come together and pay down her debt and move on. Doing so is not unsual. What is unusal is the size of her debt. That I attribute to poor management of her campaign finances but that is water over the dam and we need to move forward as a united party. We will never be united as long as her supporters continue to be so angry and so demanding that Obama pick her as his #2. That decision is his choice and rightfully so. Let's unite and move on.

    July 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. CC

    I love party flippers, I mean because "your" candidate didn't make it through the primary, then you're switching sides for this election to make a statement? So these McCain Democrats are willing to enable another 4 years of bad policies, a complete Supreme Court shift, more money for big oil and company, less healthcare, less social security, and less tax relieve for middle/low income America? Seriously, to what ends are you wiling to make your point? You'd rather elect the wrong candidate (total opposite of the one you wanted elected) out of spite, and wait 4 years till things are sooooo screwed up to try again. Does this really make sense????

    July 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. tommy NY

    begging for financial help is not a good look for Sen. Clinton– it gives the perception that she's down and out. Anyway its a story and we know CNN loves a HRC story.

    July 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. aware

    It is common practice for the winning candidate to pay off the other candidate's debt. Mr. mega-bucks Obama lacks the integrity to do so!

    Obama really is a one trick pony with a one act drama in which he is a great pretender with no substance! He is an arrogant, egomaniac with an excessive lust for power and a top priority of wining. He has no moral center, no core principles and no judgment! :(

    Also, Obama is too arrogant to choose Hillary as VP, and she is too smart to accept if he did! :)

    I am a former Democrat voting for McCain 08 – a man of character and integrity. :)

    July 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. DJ, LA, CA

    Well why did she let herself get into that serious of debt to begin with???

    July 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. William, from Cali!

    Maybe G. W. can "pardon her debts", before he leaves office. She can pay the interest, with her own money! ............................ Just a thought!

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. JoseyJ

    Great idea Hillary – count me in!

    NObama!
    Dems for McCain

    July 29, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Concerned in Alabama

    Well, if things would have been different in the primaries, I would have helped retire her debt.

    Remember when Obama got the nomination....? Hillary and McMaggot, I mean McSame made their speeches on the same night. Anyway, Hillary's campaign manager Terry McAulffe introduced her as the next President of the United States....on Obama's night!

    How disrepectful!

    Enough said.

    July 29, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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