April 4th, 2008
11:12 AM ET
15 years ago

New Clinton donor drive modeled on 'online wedding registry'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled a Pennsylvania fundraising drive Friday that will allow donors to let the campaign know exactly how their money should be spent.

Supporters can decide to direct their donations to one of six categories, according to a campaign memo: “TV airtime; online ads; radio spots; signs; vans; and door hangers.

“Supporters can mix and match how much they want to put towards each item and then ‘check out’ like an online wedding registry.”

The Clinton campaign has restructured spending after donor outrage over a New York Times report several weeks ago, which revealed that thousands of dollars had been spent on party platters and luxury hotel rooms in January, and top consultants had collected roughly $5 million that month.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. D.L.

    I like it....
    makes for more imput...
    Feels like a team effort.

    April 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Ratgurl

    Maybe The campaign staff can stay at the Motel 6's around the country... that'll save them some money.

    Don't forget to tip your maids!!

    April 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Nas from PA

    I'm voting in a few weeks. HRC has one commercial and no radio spots. Obama has three commercials and is all over the radio. There are signs for both candidates but more Obama people on the streets. How can you compete with no money? The gap is closing here in the state where she was supposed to route him. The new fundraiser won't help. She's alreay wasted a lot of money and people are tired of her. She had big donors and they tapped out. What will she do now?. Use the pipes from the heavy kitchen sink because nothing seems to be working. Enough already!

    April 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. M.E.M Kansas city

    WOW Hillary you're must have a lot of debt to come up with this so call new plan.

    April 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Jane

    Congratulations. You've found something else in Senator's Clinton's campaign to put a negative spin on. And I see a number of the gullible readers you count on are taking the bait.

    April 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. paustintx

    If HRC does not know what is best way to spend the campaign money and need donors to decide for them that shows how badly run her campaign is. She does not have any control and lacks the organization skills to run a campaign.. can America trust her to run the country ?

    April 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Freida NYC

    Yes Hilllary, you go girl! I just went to that online site, and donated to each category., it is really cool! You can allocate your donation any way you want to. Keep up the good work!



    HILLARY 2008-2016

    April 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Steve Ca, USA

    Gosh who knew? Well it could be a deceptive scheme to launder cocaine money she and Mark Penn have gallently asked the Colombians to provide. She has to married to someone; and oh does she screen out drug addicts even if they are executive lobbyists working on her campaign.

    April 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Alexa, Marietta GA

    It is very strange to me that supporters of Clinton and Obama both have said they will not vote for the other candidate because of the "hate speech."
    I want everyone to really think about it – neither Barack ofrHilary themselves has been guilty of "hate speech" in my book and only one of those two individuals will be in the running for President.

    If you as a voter are swayed by the words of overly aggressive campaigners or talking media heads or God forbid trolls on the CNN opinion polls then you are not wise enough to cast a vote for the next president of the Untied States. Do this country a favor and examine exactly what these candidates have DONE in thier lifetimes to warrant the job of President and research words that have come DIRECTLY from thier own mouths in order to reach your desicion.

    Of course this requires work on your part which I suppose is the flaw in the plan and why we have the president we currently do.

    April 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. KE

    Give them a break. These people work hard. Does anybody think running for presidency is easy? This is not old time communism where you don't get rewarded for your hard work. Many media people are taking some time off becasue of so much stress I bet.

    By the way, I really like Hillary's new ad "NC ask me". This ad covers different side of her. 3am phone call ad is equally good, it sticks, it is serious, and at the same time people can make a humor out of it if they choose to. Hillary can run these ads everywhere, everytime and all the time. It's America. Well done.

    Inspirational speech in big arena is for Obama. Hillary is better on details and behind the desk work and perhaps simple and smaller campaign trail like McCain will be refreshing too. Too many big convention type will wear people out and money too.

    Obama works best by creating mood around him. He started this big convention style campaign but I think other candidate should not play into his game. His team outspend everybody and still not ahead (with Michigan and Florida counted).

    If Obama gets nomination, republican will go through every missstatements Obama made and claimed with fine comb and will show everybody over and over again why he is not electable. It's nothing to do with his race, like someone said someone else with same resume won't get nomination. It's his record and inexperience and dishonesty and all the misstatements he made on his campaign trail but the media didn't picked up.

    April 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. kathe oakland, california

    COME ON HILLARY – are you crazy. Do you really think the American people are going to now PAY FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN????? That what it is in the end. You can call it what you want, but you want voters of America to pay for your vans, door hangers, signs??????? Let your campaign folks do that they make enough. And all those party trays – too bad Hillary.

    If you can't even control your campaign budget – how in the heck can you as President help Americans with this awful economy????? NOT THIS TIME MRS CLINTON. That is your problem your money for your campaign. If your supporters fall for this "stuff", then they deserve you!

    That is why I and most of Americans who want their government and their pride in America say. NOT THIS TIME CLINTONS, NOT THIS TIME MCBUSH


    April 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Sophia

    Hillary wanted this campaign to be a conversation with voters. This is in line with her thought process. For those people who are interested in getting answers to questions on Hillary's plan for our country, submit your questions at NCaskMe.com. She will answer all your questions on television.

    There are no answers on CNN blogs, go to the source for your answers!

    April 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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