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.

Related: Clinton donors hesitant to show love for Obama


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Houston Texas

    Ok, all of you who make of the 18million Hillary supporters get off the ticker and each send a check for $1.39. That should take care of it.

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Kris from AZ

    All pumas UNITE for this special event. good times...good times....

    July 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Samantha

    And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for Hillary–NOT.

    Let her pay her own debt and leave us alone.

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. csimp

    Let's see, I owe $65000 in student loans. I went to school to better myself so that I can become a more productive citizen. She got herself into debt because she just didnt know when to quit. Since its so easy to ask for donations to retire debt here's mine:

    Please donate $10.00 to help retire my college debt. I graduated from Howard University in '07 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science.

    July 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Obama '08

    And where does she think we're going to get the Money from? Bill signed NAFTA, Bush signed FREE TRADE, McCain has a problem leaving IRAQ, that costing Billions-A-Month.....DO THE MATH!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    WITH THE '18 MILLION' WHO CLAIM TO SUPPORT HER......... YOU'D THINK THE DEBT OF $25 MILLION WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID FOR ALREADY! THIS SAYS A LOT MORE ABOUT HER SUPPORTERS THAN ABOUT HILLARY.

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Dan

    Oh man, I was having a good day. Why did you have to mention her CNN? Slow news day?

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Phil, FL

    JB – I agree in some ways. However, the really mean, bitter ones appear to be female (probably older) and I don't have a clue about their attitude. If my wife displayed that venom, I'd be a single man REALLY fast – HA.

    July 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Frank, Missouri

    Save a Millionaire !

    So .. she has now only $100Mio in her bank account ? Sorry, but I know people with real problems and NO money who could use some help.

    July 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. M.S. Indiana

    PUMA !!!! pay her debt, you are 18 millions you guys claim...
    and if she is so great why is she in such a hole ???
    it kinda reminds me us Bush and our economy..

    July 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Obama '08

    And where does she think we're going to get the money? Bill signed NAFTA, Bush signed FREE TRADE, McCain has a problem with us leaving IRAQ (that's costing Billions-A-Month)....DO THE MATH!

    July 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Doc Sinn

    Im begining to think Texas Trail Dog and Texas Trail Puppy(same person likely) work for CNN.

    He/She/They routinely post nonsense on the ticker while other comments are routinely moderated.

    I guess if I want my thoughts posted I'll need to be more outrageous......

    And on topic.....This is another example of why Hillary wasnt ready to be president.

    July 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Jack

    All u puma(s) dig deeeeeep in your pockets and give to your candiate.

    Also, give to the winner of the primary.

    Obama08

    July 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Let's see...

    That's $1.40 from each of her 18 million voters or $100,000 from each member of PUMA.

    July 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. alvin

    Turnabout is fair play

    Keep your money, I will continue to bash Obama as long as Hillary is not on the ticket.
    ========================================================

    That will not help because the more you try to force her on the ticket the more you spoil her chances of getting it. Obama will never be forced to accept her as veep.

    More over obama need somebody with more foreing policy experience than hillary.

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Peter of Oregon

    What happened to her over hardcore 2.5 Million PUMA supporters CNN keeps talking about? Why haven't they settled her debt?

    PUMA people are such HUGE supporters of Hillary, or so they say... They say they're planning to write her name in at the DNC convention, but they won't give a dime to help her move forward past her debt.

    Hyporcrites; every last one of them. Put your money with your mouth is PUMA, or admit you were really either anti-Obama or Republicans all along, aiming to create disunity among the Democratic party and the American people.

    You definitely aren't sincere, genuine Hillary Clinton supporters. SGHCSMA, that's an acronym you can believe in.

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. AB

    Let the Brown-Shirt PUMA's pay for her bad decision making! She knew the race was over yet she kept spending... $25M for a chance to make history is a fair price. Clinton made her bed.

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Mike - Texas

    No wonder the Hillary supporters are having such a hard time warming up to Obama, with all the negative things said here about Hillary by the Obama supporters

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Rust Belt Catholic

    Nice. I'd love a chance to ask her what good she's done anyone in Western New York since her carpetbagging Senatorial ascension.

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. What!!!

    I'd pay $10 but to tell her and her loser husband what I think of them. Two of the reasons we are an international joke!

    July 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. HUSSEIN FOR OBAMA

    ASK YOUR SO CALLED PUMA PIPO TO PAY YOUR DEBT, SINCE THEY ARE SO LOYAL TO YOU. YOU HAVE TO DENOUNCE ALL OF YOUR BITTER SUPPORTERS TO GET A DIME FROM ME.

    July 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I would really like to know if she is charging the campaign interest for the money she loaned herself.

    If so, she is a fraud, a crook and a morally bankrupt individual.

    July 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Jim Rummy

    This is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen. All she is missing is a tin cup and a hat made out of newspaper. The time is running out on her getting paid back the money before the deadline.

    July 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Kris from AZ

    JB I would love a woman as president. Just dont want Clintons in the WH. I am not down with families trying to regain thw WH. There will be a woman that will knock all our socks off I am sure. She does not need to be in the spot light now. But I am sure she will. :)

    July 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    Oh where oh were are all the hillary suporters that are not helping here. Wonder how may of the puma supporters will give money for a chance to wine and dine with Hillary. They will show there true selfs in this one.

    July 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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