December 30th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Returned Kennedy donation explained

Kennedy donated to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Kennedy donated to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Caroline Kennedy’s $2,300 donation to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was not returned because of her decision to endorse Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, a Clinton aide told CNN — it was sent back because the New York senator’s loss meant she would not be able to keep funds that had been contributed for her general election campaign.

The return was first reported Monday by the New York Post’s Page Six. Information available on Opensecrets.org confirms that a donation to Clinton from Kennedy was returned in August of this year, but does not provide any reason that the $2,300 was returned. Information available from the Web site of the Federal Election Commission shows that Kennedy donated the legal maximum of $4,600 to Clinton in June 2007 in two separate donations of $2,300 each.

Individual donors are limited to $2,300 to support a candidate’s primary run, and $2,300 to support a general election run for the White House.

A spokesman and adviser to Sen. Clinton informed CNN that Kennedy was one of approximately 8,000 donors who all had their contributions for Clinton’s general election bid returned on the same day four months ago.


Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • FEC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Oh boy

    I don't think this particular story is a big deal. $2300 might be a ton to the average American but this is chump change for them. This sounds like typical political protocol and I don't smell a rat here.

    December 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Lori Lynn

    If I were Clinton, I would return the money, too, especially since Caroline spoke out against Hillary and supported Obama.

    And, ya know, I really hope that the Gov. picks the most qualified individual to fill Clinton's senate seat – someone who speaks their mind in a clear and concise manner, without a lot of "ya knows"!

    December 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Loretta

    Its hard to believe the Clintons were honest enough to returned any money. I don't trust them, never have, never will.

    December 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Caroline is as about as experienced and Obama is for political office. So she'd fit right into the democratic mold

    December 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Marie

    I'm sure there will be plenty of hate now directed at HIllary by Obama supporters. For people who say hey are all about hope and change, and who constantly complained about how mean Sarah Palin was, there sure is a lot of nastiness and hate on the left. Have you read the comments from this group of progressives about Bristol Palin whos only crime was to have a mother who ran against Obama. CNN spends a lot of time covering the mean nasty people on the right, but they virtually ignore the hate on the left. During the campaign I supported Clinton, and was appalled that people of my party could behave they way they were. I went third party for President, if this is hope and change people, you can keep it, how about your actions match your words, stop with the hate.

    December 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Jacque Bauer

    Hillary could make or break Ms. Schlossburg's future with a twinkle from her eye. I wouldn't start packing just yet for D.C., Caroline...!

    December 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. I told you so

    who cares Kennedy is no serious canadite. What has she ever done except live her spoiled little life off her great grandfathers illegal sale of alchole in prohabition days?

    December 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. RETURN OF MONEY

    Why would Clinton return all those checks while she is still in debt? i dont get it but i am sure she has an explanation for it.

    It will be nice to get some press conference, but i know that would not happen. Either way, this has nothing to do with Kennedy's qualification for the seat.

    SHE SHOULD BE THE NEXT NY SENATOR...cos i find no one more credible, honest, trustworthy as a NYorker...there is a reason independent mayor like Bloomberg support supports her.

    December 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Francisco Cardenas

    Senator Caroline Kennedy!

    December 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. PJP

    Maybe she got confused to whom she had donated and who she had not! Ya KNOW!!!

    December 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. joe smith

    nothing new here; the teamsters always bet both sides of the fence, that way they remain in control..

    December 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Denise P Quinton

    lCaroline Kennedy is not qualified due to her born heritage to take over a seat in the Senate. Maybe that was her reason f or teaming against Hilary Clinton on going out of her way to endorse and selll Obama as the New Kennedy era.......he will never come close in any way, shape, or form.
    Caroline should go back to just raising her children and doing her charitable foundations and stay away from politics.

    December 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Susan

    What exactly qualifies this woman to be a US Senator? You would think that the American people might have learned that it takes a little more than just last name recognition to govern a country. They elected Bush, beyond a doubt the most unquailified and dangerous man, that has ever held office in the US, based only on his last name, and look what the US and indeed the world got for that horrible error in judgement.

    December 30, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Apples for sale

    She is an honerable and trustworty person from everything I can find out about her and that should be something to consider in this day and age,plus she doesnt owe any special interests anything.Hi, you may know him as Richard Rohde or Rod Stumpf.he is crying out for help but nobody is listening.I think he is a seriously injured vet.He could have a serious a brain injury. Please dont feed into his need for attention by fueling his hatred.He may have gone to war under a false belief and now doesnt want to admit it. He may lost his limb or limbs and mental ability and has to sit in a wheel chair all day and night spewing his hatred at anyone he can find on the internet.If you know him please have him seek a mental health doctor.

    December 30, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    You have a choice. An adulterer who has an enormous ego and questionable ethics, or a sharp bright female who has spent a lifetime around politics and politicians, and has done "good things" and now wants to serve the people. Anyone who supports Cuomo is really supporting machine politics New York style. Good Luch Caroline. Perhaps you can contimue an interest in the things that your father was unable to complete.

    December 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. mARGE

    Oh goodness here we go again. The MSM is starting on Hillary Clinton can they not find some one else to pick up...this crap is getting old and stupidier by the second. You know like , you know Caroline Kennedy the brain. Another suck up for the press.

    December 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*

    This is a non-story. The $2300 donation for the primary was kept.... the $2300 donation for the general was returned– just as the law prescribes.
    I don't see a story here- or did no one else read that Clinton's campaign also returned general election donations to 8000 other people for the same reason.
    And if any of you people find it odd that someone (especially with lots of money) donates to multiple candidates. then you're not too savvy in the political world. It happens ALL the time.

    December 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Nija

    I need this money now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The gov. is bailing out everyone and what about me. Can someone tell me who is Fredie Mac and Fenie Mac.

    December 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Marian London

    Caroline Kennedy is a good decent woman and human being and she would make a very good senator for NY. There is nothing wrong in contributing to both campaigns. After all, they both campaigned on the same Democratic party. What's wrong with that if you can afford to give to two candidates in the same party or indeed give to a Democratic candidate and a Republican as well. Fair game if you believe in the candidates.

    December 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Voter

    It should be up to the Governor of NYS, taking into consideration the best interests of the people of NYS ONLY to choose a senatorial appointment.

    How dare this presumptuous princess pressure our governor to appoint her?

    Just who does she think she is?

    Oh, I know, she's a Kennedy, and Kennedys are supposed to get whatever they want.

    December 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Citizen Watch

    Obama supporters were so anti-dynastic politics. I would hope they would extend this same rationale to Patterson supporting Caroline Kennedy. Or are the Obamanites just as hypocritical as those they charge with hypocrisy?

    December 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. rachel

    My point is, that it seems, kiind of funny to contribute to a canidate you don't plan on supporting. She donated back in 2007 so did she have a change of heart after she donated I mean the race had barely got started then. Yes I was making funny of her Ya know's. Proud American your resorting to name calling lets me know your just as intelligent as you think I am thanks, I will right in your name as well.

    December 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Joyce

    Perhaps the New York post is to blame in this issue for not reporting the entire story i.e., why money was returned.

    December 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Rob Stumpf

    Your comment was so intelligent, has anyone every approched you about running for public office? <<<

    Why, have you been so approached? You know....I really doubt it. You know. Thanks for being Proud of America, but unfortunately, I must tell you....America is not proud of you. In fact, we're a bit ashamed.

    Caroline Kennedy is a fraud. You know. She is not qualified, you know, and the Senate should be reserved, you know, for people with a minimal level of you know....experience.

    December 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Helen, NY

    Hey lady, just go away. We have drama all over the place. Obama is a real drama. Watch th fun....

    December 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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