October 16th, 2009
09:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton campaign debt dips below $1 million

Clinton's campaign now has enough cash to pay off its debt.
Clinton's campaign now has enough cash to pay off its debt.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign debt from her failed 2008 presidential bid has fallen below the $1 million-mark for the first time since she launched her candidacy almost three years ago, according to documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

Clinton's campaign reported having $2 million in the bank as of September 30, more than enough to pay off the $995,500 it carried in unpaid bills.

The sole remaining creditor is the political consulting firm Penn, Schoen & Berland, which at the start of the year had been owed $5.4 million. The campaign paid the firm over $500,000 on September 30, the last day of the 3rd quarter reporting period.

Clinton's debt reached its peak in June 2008 shortly after the former New York senator suspended her campaign. At that point, her presidential committee owed $12 million to almost 500 creditors and $13.2 million to the candidate herself, who dipped into her personal funds to help finance her campaign. Campaign finance laws forced Clinton to forgive the amount she loaned her committee because she was not able to repay the funds by the required deadline.

The campaign raised only $9,300 in contributions from July through September but generated an additional $172,000 from both bank interest and from the rental of its campaign mailing lists to other organizations.

A federal law known as the "Hatch Act" prohibits Secretary Clinton and other federal government employees from personally soliciting or accepting political contributions. The law does allow others to raise funds on Clinton's behalf, without her direct involvement.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. mark

    This is definitely an obama bailout using taxpayer money

    October 16, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Jeff

    LOL, why is this even reported?

    October 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    She needs to yell "You Lie" at the next presidents speech and she can collect $4.4 million dollars in donations to pay off her debt and replenish her accounts!

    October 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Susan

    "Clinton's campaign reported having $2 million in the bank as of September 30, more than enough to pay off the $995,500 it carried in unpaid bills."

    I majored in English, not math, but if they have $2 million in the bank and owe less than 1 million, don't they have an EXCESS of a million dollars? No wonder the government can't manage accounting...they can't even do basic math. I realize the headline is technically accurate, but couldn't they have said "Clinton's debt repaid?"

    October 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Jim

    It looks like all Hillary had to do to raise the money to cover her debt was call the president a lier.

    October 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Tony

    I wonder what her FICO score is?

    October 16, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. southerncousin

    This sounds awful fishy to me. A family that has lived on the government dole all of their lives is able to raise these massive amounts of money, only in Obamalalaland.

    October 16, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Hugo

    As much as I despise the Clinton's because of the Free Trade Agreements and their condescending deceit, please God forgive me for this, I would have rather had Hillary Clinton as President of the United States over our current In-debtor in Chief!

    October 16, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Monrob

    I love you Hillary Clinton, please run again.

    October 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Hilltop

    She couldn't even run her own campaign without it going into millions of dollars in debt....I don't know how she could have run the country...

    I feel sorry for all those small mom-and-pop businesses around the country that were owed money by the Clinton campaign...

    I don't feel sorry for Mark Penn, though.

    October 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. JEAN - ATL

    CNN certainly spends a lot of time on the ticker talking about money raised, but very little talking about the last 8 years, and how this country got into this economic mess that this president is supposed to fix in less than a year. Americans should wake up and remember who put us here, and don't make the same mistakes of adding insult to injury with more greedy conservatives! Remember this, their trickle down theory doesn't work for the American people and the world!

    October 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. BUTTACAVOLI

    yea we paid that bill for her.

    October 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Real campaign reform is needed to ensure honest and fair elections. Elections should not be for sale. Money is not the "milk" of politics, it is more of a poison.

    October 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look, I like Hillary. The truth however is that if you went into debt while CAMPAIGNING for President.....

    October 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. shouldabeen

    At least she knows how to pay her debts, not running up debts that the country (taxpayers) will never be able to pay off

    October 16, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |