February 6th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton loans herself $5 million

NEW YORK (CNN) — Democrat Hillary Clinton loaned her presidential campaign $5 million in January, the New York senator said Wednesday.

"I loaned the campaign $5 million dollars from my money," she said at a press conference at her Arlington, Virginia headquarters. "I loaned it because I believe in this campaign and I think the results last night proved the wisdom of my investment."

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson confirmed reports Clinton had lent her campaign money in January, and said "The loan illustrates Sen. Clinton's commitment to this effort and to ensuring that our campaign has the resources it needs to compete and win across this nation."

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  1. Mary

    Whose bankrolling Obama, Oprha, her business ventures and her rich friends? Let's see where these bucks are coming. I'm donating some bucks for Hillary

    February 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Lorraine

    Thank you for letting Hillary supporters know that she is in need of cash contributions. For once, I believe, CNN has done a great service to Senator Clinton. Perhaps her supporters were unaware of the need to infuse cash into her campaign. Now they are.

    February 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Raja

    Wake up and think before posting negative comments. This is not American Idol contest. Most comments shows how ignorent they are. I am waiting for some independent candidate to vote for.

    February 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Ahmad

    For the first time in my life, I made a contribution to a political campaign tonight. I think its time for all of us who believe in Hillary to dig into our pockets and contribute $10 each. This can be huge when millions of us give 10 bucks each.

    February 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Jason CA

    Ok beer drinking dems, hil needs you to sober up, figure how to use a computer, and donate to her lust for power, a.k.a. campaign.

    Wow, at least the smart dems are putting their money in the right place.


    February 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Smart Democrat

    Wow, Obama won exactly 3 blue states: Illinois, Delaware, and Connecticut. Who cares about Idaho, N.Dakota, Alaska, etc, etc.

    Clinton wins CA, NY, NJ, MA, NM, AZ, not to mention winning FL and MI already and holding huge leads in OH and TX.

    When is the last time you half-witted obama-ites looked at an Electoral College map???

    February 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. krissy


    He has a better healthcare plan, a better economic plan, a better plan for all of our most pressing issues. Hillary is too locked into the idea of partisan politics and won't win a majority. Her history will haunt her, and it is widely known that Hillary is the only thing that can unite the broken Republican party.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Bobby D

    Is it me or is CNN coverage highly biased towards Obama? In the era of so-called objective press coverage, CNN's coverage of the primaries and the way it covers Clinton versus Obama is a joke. I wonder how many of all those so-called political analysts and reports support Obama, and you probably find more than 90%, which clearly shines through their coverage. CNN really needs to clean up its political coverage and provide unbiased coverage in its tone and portrayal of the candidates, the campaigns and their achievements. Hillary's win in delegates is not a defeat, it shows her strength and it shows the strength of her candidate. Downplaying her chances to win is sexist and disrespectful towards both candidates.

    February 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Al

    The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result (Not from Webster’s). That is what the American people are doing when they vote for Hillary Clinton, she takes money from special interest groups to fund her campaign which means they are again running the White House. I am tired of these power hungry career Politicians that do not really care for you are I. The American people have got to start educating themselves on the politicians and not just vote because they are familiar with the name. Hillary Clinton did not play the traditional roll of the first lady, she was in staff meetings with the president and had a big influence on the decision making instead of the Vice President, read the book For the Love of Politics Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years. Then if you still vote for the Clintons you may just be brain dead.

    February 6, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Big D

    Where are the Clinton files? Why aren't they releasing those records? Are they up to the same old tricks as Bill did before in 92 election? I can't believe that people are really so blind as to see who these people really are and the purpose of their politics. If she is elected, I want to see how much she does for the people who have blindly supported here. When was she in the Latino communities before the elections? How many black churches did she attend two years ago? How many women organizations has she endorsed? This Presidency is another money grab for the Clintons. America wake up.

    February 6, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Red

    SOUNDS LIKE she trying to buy her way into White House.
    Wonder what her dead business would think about this?
    Wonder who She is gonna find to crawl under White House desk?

    February 6, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. adam

    this is the end for HRC.

    nothing against HRC supporters but she is not a viable candidate given the huge advantages in name recognition and money and support she had to start this last year.

    she is not a good candidate whatever her merits. same could be said about Dodd or Biden.

    Obama is going to run up the score the next couple of weeks. the HRC "firewalls" are too late in the season. this will be over in two weeks.

    February 6, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Seam, Philly, Pa

    Here's our chance to bury the Clintons for good. Keep donating to Barack Obama, because Hillary cannot keep up. She's broke like Rudy Giulianni.

    February 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. TR

    I'm a Obama supporter and Bill you should not talk about Senator Clinton's Physical apperance it is not what this campaign is about. Let's keep on point.

    February 6, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Janis

    "When is the last time you half-witted obama-ites looked at an Electoral College map???"

    Clealy one of the uneducated Hillary supporters.

    Let me explain it to you: The Dems are guaranteed to win CA, NY and MA. Therefore winning there is meaningless.

    The big problem for the Dems is competing for the red states. In 2000 and 2004, we won all the blue states but lost.

    Basically sweeping the blue = loss

    So Obama's wins on the GOPs turf - Colorado, for example - means that some safely red states will be in play. I believe that some of the south might be as well, given the huge number of new voters in South Carolina: Obama's vote in the SC poll was *double* John McCains.

    So Obama's strategy is to compete in all 50 states. Frankly, some of the blue staters on this forum are clueless. You can be as blue as you like and pat yourselves on the back "you go girl" but this won't play in Missouri.

    Sorry, the Dems need to get serious about winning. Maybe Clinton, Obama and Howard Dean should sit down and do the math. and see who can win

    February 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Jay

    I couldn't agree more with Bobby .THe press , the political junkies and media is all hell bent to elect Obama .They were reporting that she is sinking in California ,MA & New Jersey.She won all the races with handsome margins despite Kennedys,Oprah's .This tells you something about this woman.She is real and she will prevail .Hope Obama has peaked and his grap is all aet to come down.As regards to money , I am donating $100 to her campaign and will keep doing it till this fight lasts.

    February 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. tired of condescending posts

    Well, 'Smart Democrat', it might be worth considering that it's time to CHANGE that electoral college map. Maybe we shouldn't resign ourselves to winning only blue states and attempt to grow our party by appealing to a broader base of Americans. Try opening your mind instead of belittling the intelligence of those who don't agree with you. Signed, a phD latina Obama supporter.

    PS– is it really just (let alone democratic) to claim victory in a state where Clinton was the only choice on the ballot (Michigan)? Regarding Florida, I can, in a way, see your point. But claiming Michigan is unforgivable.

    February 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. glavela

    There are millions out there for you Hillary. None have the cash that Ophra and other "establishment folks" have for their pet boy.
    We are coming through, we are donating for you a little at a time. Keep fighting for your coalition, our coalition, our White House. Looking at the demographics of who voted for who, it is clear that the so called unitor managed to unite the black vote with the black vote......he did split the white men vote which he won slightly.....what a coalition!!

    February 7, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  19. Justin

    This primary is strange McCain win Blue state and Obama winRed state. I think both are dreaming win those state in the general election. Today's this mess I blame Democratic party rule 1st they penalize Florida and Michigan two big state so we are left to select president from sorry state like Iowa then deligate pick is spilt not winner take all if its winner take all Hillary would get most of the deligate.No matter how many Red state Obama win if he couldn't win any big state then he should drop out.

    February 7, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  20. glavela

    There are millions out there for you Hillary. None have the cash that Ophra and other "establishment folks" have for their pet boy.
    We are coming through, we are donating for you a little at a time. Keep fighting for your coalition, our coalition, our White House. Looking at the demographics of who voted for who, it is clear that the so called unitor managed to unite the black vote with the black vote……he did split the white men vote which he won slightly…..what a coalition!!

    February 7, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  21. mark

    Where did Hillary Clinton, who keeps saying how serving the poor and needy has been her 'life's work', get 5 million dollars to throw around??

    February 7, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  22. iq9111

    Hillary should win this race. Don't give up. Maybe this is gift from the God. Maybe it is a BIG Test from the God. But, don't forget your campaign's slogan:Solutions for American. Using small money to create BIG Value with your team workers. Being smart and inspire your team to overcome any troubles and problem. These solutions will prove your stragies if you wine this race. Go Hillary!!! You can, you will, and you well done!!! God blesh!!!!!

    February 7, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  23. Terry

    Just thought I would let you all know, Obama raised almost $7 million since the polls closed on super tuesday. HRC gave her self $5 million and asked for $3 million in 3 days? That's $8 million, Obama is almost there already without giving himself $5 million of it.

    That's what should be on the Ticker.

    February 7, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  24. Hope for America

    PS – Is'nt one of Hillary's own quotes "The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not"? What hypocracy!

    February 7, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  25. Todd T.

    Nice to see everyone making donations for Hillary; your investment will reap benefits in lower health care options, better options for college funding, save our declining dollar, improve our status as a world power, and provide countless improvements in domestic and foreign policy considerations. Republicans will vote for Hillary when McCain wins the Republican nomination. Obama's money will not make up for his immaturity. Keep up the donations for Hillary, Hillary will get the job done today and tommorow.

    February 7, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
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