Bill Clinton offers Big Apple prize to pay Hillary's campaign debt
December 14th, 2010
12:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton offers Big Apple prize to pay Hillary's campaign debt

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid may have ended over two years ago, but one enduring aspect of her campaign remains: the debt.

In an effort to help pay down his wife's remaining campaign debt, former President Bill Clinton is once again lending a hand to bring in donations.

Specifically, he is offering campaign donors the chance to win a day in New York City with him.

"Hillary's campaign is so close to paying off the last of her debt, but she's not there yet." Clinton writes in an email to supporters. "Will you consider helping her in this last phase by making a contribution to her campaign? If you enter by Thursday, December 16, you and a friend will have the chance to fly to New York to spend a day with me."

According to the Federal Election Commission, as of September 2010, Hillary Clinton's campaign debt was $479,010.00, and cash-on-hand was $391,254.86. The next update on Clinton's debt will be released on January 31, 2011.

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.

–CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon and Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. a little sad

    Wow – such nastiness.

    Fair is fair, Marie Smith, I am sure Bill is SO disappointed to not spend the day with you.

    December 14, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Peace

    Come on the Clintons, you can offset the debt yourselves without milking the male cow. You do not need those who are counting what they might eat tomorrow to give you an hand!

    December 14, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. DDM

    Awwww, come on! Show the Bubba some love. It's the holiday season – time for some good will!

    December 14, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Lena

    Due to the economic issue we have !! We all have debt that's not taken care of. He can pay her bills himself:)

    December 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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