May 11th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill Clinton lends a hand on wife's debt

Former President Clinton is helping Sec. of State Hillary Clinton retire her remaining 2008 presidential campaign.
Former President Clinton is helping Sec. of State Hillary Clinton retire her remaining 2008 presidential campaign.

Washington (CNN) - If you supported Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential run, chances are you received an e-mail Tuesday morning from her husband asking for help to pay down the remaining campaign debt for her failed presidential bid.

Subscribers to Clinton's formidable e-mail list, amassed during her 2008 presidential run, received a message offering a day in New York with former President Bill Clinton. A contribution earns the donor a chance to enter their name into a contest."How would you like the chance to come up to New York and spend a day with me?" Clinton asks. "Hillary's campaign still has a few vestiges of debt that I know she would like to see paid in full. Will you reach out today to help Hillary this one last time?"

Clinton hosted a similar fundraiser in earlier this year, and writes he would "like to do it again."

As of March 31, the Clinton campaign was still in debt to the tune of $771,000, down from $845,500 owed at the end of December 2009. Clinton's e-mail list itself is one of her strongest fundraising tools. The campaign raised just over $169,000 during the last filing period by renting out the list to the campaigns of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, and Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado.

The Democratic polling firm of Penn and Schoen is the Clinton campaign's sole remaining creditor.

– CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Felonious Monk

    Will Hillary "reach out" and help pay down the average American's debt? If the Clinton's still have a penny to their name, that penny should go to paying down the "vestiges" of her debt. She was able and willing to invest her own money when campaigning, why is she not willing and able to pay down her own debt, much like many average Americans who must pay down their own debt?

    May 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Mike

    The clintons can afford to pay their own debts but of course liberals always want to spend other peoples money, not their own.

    May 11, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. mj

    Just breaks your heart. How much money did they report earning last year? Give it up Bill. A couple speeches and you will be fine. Any extra send my way. To think people are stupid enough to send them money just blows me away.

    May 11, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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