December 2nd, 2008
03:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton nomination sets off fundraising opportunities

Bill Clinton is seeking cash off his wife's new position.

Bill Clinton is seeking cash off his wife's new position.

(CNN) - One day after Sen. Hillary Clinton was formally nominated to be the next secretary of state, her husband sent a message to supporters seeking cash to help alleviate the former presidential candidate's campaign debts.

"This nomination would not have been possible without the hard work of everyone like you who has supported Hillary throughout the years," former President Bill Clinton wrote in the e-mail sent Tuesday. "I know I speak for her when I say thank you for everything you have done for her."

The message, which also asks supporters to write notes of congratulations to Clinton, features a big "Contribute" link below the text.

Sources told CNN last month Clinton's campaign debt is roughly $7 million - down from the more than $20 million she owed last summer.

The fundraising e-mail comes hours after former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe sent out an e-mail of his own touting the president-elect’s new national security team - including Clinton - and seeking cash for the transition fund.

"While the challenges they are sure to face will be great, the opportunities to unify our country and our world will be even greater," Plouffe wrote. "With your support, we'll meet those challenges and opportunities with the hope and optimism that has brought us to this moment of change."

Obama received over $6 million from government funds for his transition effort, but is seeking millions more in private donations.

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Griff

    Ambiguations.... Is more like it.

    December 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Darko

    Sorry Bill, we're too busy 'contributing' to AIG and GM.

    December 2, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Truth Hurts

    Billy earns 425000 an hour doing rubber chicken dinner speeches and he has to go out hat in hand for his wife?


    December 2, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Louis

    Anyone who donates to the Clintons is a moron–they are worth $100 million dollars.

    December 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Helen

    I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    December 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. tom

    This is the first bad decision Obama has made since winning the election. Hillary is not qualified for the job (unless she lands under sniper fire?) and there are others much more qualified for this very important job. This is the first instance of Obama selling his soul to the Democratic leadership and an obvious move to bolster Hillary's resume so she can make another run for the White House and attempt to erase the memory of being publicly humiliated by her worthless husband.

    I love the way our country works...NOT.

    December 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    um NO

    Not giving her ANOTHER DIME

    She is a fraud!

    December 2, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Franky

    Alright Bill, I'll give that loan and I won't charge you for it back, LOL!!!

    I'm pretty certain that they'll get it now, especially HIllary being S.O.S.

    December 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Get over it

    Still looking for money I see.

    December 2, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. toyin isijola

    Bill, you did not show your support for the nomination, untill you figured it would raise cash.

    December 2, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Tom in S.A.

    Anyone supporting a millionaire is an idiot, nuff said.

    December 2, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Loyal Clinton Supporter

    I Wish the Clintons and Obamas would stop trying to get money from the American people. The Campaign is Over

    I am a Clinton Supporter but Bill earns lots, and so does Hillary.

    They should pay their own way now.

    December 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    Bill Y Clinton earns 425000 an hour doing rubber chicken dinner speeches and he has to go out hat in hand for his wife?


    December 2, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. JuanM

    Contribute to what? How much more of our money do these politicians want. Regardless of party, these politicians take take take from hard working Americans, don't pay their own bill, give billions of dollars to corporations and then they have the audacity to ask us for contributions. You partisan fools, both Dems and Repubs, need to wake up.

    December 2, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Sheryl

    Good lord Bill give it a rest!!!! We dont have anymore money!!!

    December 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    As said before, I was not thrilled with Sen. Clinton accepting SOS...and not for reasons of animosity...I just feel she could have raised the bar, and been much more influenctial, if she stayed in the Sen. role.........who knows, she still has to be confirmed......still think that role (SOS) is meant for Richardson....just my view.....

    December 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Saad from NJ

    This is too funny....

    December 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, SC


    I hope you're wrong about Hillary. If she's going to be secretary of state, then she and Obama should hash out their difference, which may be many, and then speak with one voice.

    The real test is not whether Obama picked someone who agrees with him. The real test is whether the two can come up with solutions that actually work, regardless of who wins the argument.

    December 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. david

    more bailouts just in a different form.

    December 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. JL

    Sounds like Paulson needs to give her some bail-out money.

    December 2, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Donna

    So, where are the millions of pesky Puma people?

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. rachel

    So stop complaining if you dont want to contribute don't if you do do. Incidently OBAMA is also fundraising off his security team where is the ticker on the cnn the most trusted news source.

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Kingslough

    Clinton should get it thru his head that people are fed up of paying debts that came out of her own doing. Americans aint stupid! Duh!

    December 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. PJP

    Everybody duck!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. PJP

    The poop is about to hit the fan, AGAIN!!!!

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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