April 25th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Major Clinton fundraiser switches to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/25/art.hillary.ap.jpg caption="Clinton lost a big fundraiser to Obama."](CNN) - A “Hillraiser” – a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton – said Friday he had defected to Barack Obama’s campaign. The official announcement will be made next week.

Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon – who served as ambassador to Chile during the Clinton administration – had raised close to half a million dollars for Clinton’s campaign, reports Chuck Todd, who broke the story.

"We're just bleeding each other out," Guerra-Mondragon told the Washington Post. "Looking at it as coldly as I can, I just don't see how Senator Clinton can overcome Senator Obama with delegates and popular votes. I want this fight to be over, the quicker the better."

He added that leaving the Clinton campaign for Obama's "was a very, very difficult decision for me to make. I am an old and longtime friend of Senator Clinton. And I continue to think she is a fantastic and formidable person. But I am first of all a Democrat."

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Cammi317

    LOL! Nuff said.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Democrats Rule

    Welcome, sir! Bless you for putting the party first. You are appreciated.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Independent

    Wow. When your biggest donors defect, you should realize that you are NO LONGER IN CONTENTION!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Dave

    Good work, it's always nice when somebody sees the light, admits they made a mistake, and corrects it.

    Hillary is wasting the party's time. She was never even remotely electable against a Republican, given the crazy hatred they bear for the Clintons. It's not all her fault, because she is smart and capable, but her candidacy has been a stillbirth since it was first announced... and now the party's getting torn apart over something that was a bad idea to begin with.

    Glad the fundraisers are wising up.

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. James, IN

    Go Obama. It is only CNN that cannot see the harm Hillary is doing to the Democratic Party.

    I know you keep deleting my comments. Thank you for that Clinton News Network. (cnn)

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Hillary - LIAR

    Another "Judas" eh Hillbilly?


    Funny how the people that KNOW HILLARY PERSONALLY are leaving this crazy woman.

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. James T

    Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor for refusing to see this party torn apart just because someone else 'loves a good fight'.

    This election is about the people – not someone's personal ambitions.

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Obama all the way...

    Woo hooo!!! Another smart man hops across the tracks onto the Obama train!!

    Next stop.....Pennsylvania Avenue!!! All aboard!!!


    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Debby

    How sad if Obama gets the nominee like everyone is claiming and he loses the general then what will all these defectors say then. Never jump ship in midstream or obviously you will drown.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. OCA

    Good for you. Given the way Bill Richardson was treated a brave decision but the right one.
    No one said it would be easy to break a 20 year quasie monarchy hold on the whitehouse by two families one of which is striving for another 8. The Obama campaign is not about win at any price, do what ever it takes to win, and if need be, destroy your opponent in the process. Make Promise’s you know you can not keep to win. Real change means just that. A new appraoch, a new fresh set of ideas, a new person, someone who can bring us all together not tear us apart.
    We live in a republic not a monachy. Do we want 28 years and two families in the whitehouse? Is that a solution that can drive democratic change?
    Talking points will not change the reality. The rules, the math, the calandar does not lie and can not be changed. Obama will have won more pledged delegates, more states and more votess. He should expect the remaining superdelegates to vote for him accordingly. They will.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. trellskig

    hahaha...she is losing everything and everybody. She needs to get it together and run that campaign like it should be ran (positive).

    To bad for Mrs. Clinton...lol

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Woman for Obama in OKC

    the end of this artical says it all, First and formast we are democrats. Instead of having angree messages against each other we shuld be working to get the white house back.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Alan Boyer

    Keep this guy at arm's length. I don't put it past the Clintons to plant a spy as a defector in order to steel Obama's plans.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Huckabee's last few weeks are pretty much identical to Clinton's campaign right now...even winning the "rural voters" she is carrying which I believe are primarily older voters with less access to information in our technology driven society. Her fuzzy math path is wasting a lot of money and energy.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Grif

    With Interest I presume..

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Sure

    This is the first time I'll be able to vote and sadly to say the ENTIRE democratic party has turned me off entirely with their "superdelegates" and how easily they can shoot themselves in the foot SO MANY TIMES!!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Sandra Satterfield

    BRAVO! You are a courageous man considering what Bill Richardson has had to endure for endorsing Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Chrishton (Houston)

    Way to go Mr. Guerra-Mondragon, all of the Obama supporters appreciate your honesty and wisdom. The Clinton's are trying to destroy the Democratic Party, I wish like hell I hadn't voted for Bill Clinton, and I WILL NEVER vote for his wife, EVER!!!!!!!!
    EVER, EVER< EVER....did I mention EVER!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. so ironic

    The ultimate irony for the Obama supporters (the smart, educated people) to ponder:

    IF Obama is the democratic party nominee it will be because the Washington Insiders that he speaks against (Super delegates) GIVE it to him.

    It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring message of hope and change.

    Hillary Clinton has done as well without the hype of hope and the media bias and the celebrity bandwagon.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. CL


    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Not over yet

    This fundraiser could not take the heat so he left the kitchen. 2025 is the magic number for either candidate to reach. It is not about who has accumulated a few more votes. This person may yet change their mind again before this is over...

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. CW in DC


    That was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor again.

    Bet nobody saw this one coming either.

    Have those cars been added yet?!?! We need more room on the Obama train!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Getting tired of this

    A number of former clinton supporters including super-delegates have switched to Obama. Not a single individual has gone the other way. That such a big fundraiser would switch is just another indication and one that must be tough for HRC to swallow.

    HRC said the tide is turning, but it's actually coming in, and her campaign is about to get swept out to sea.

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Nov

    No matter what all the big shots do, the voters will have the last say in Nov.

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Bill in CA

    Great job – welcome aboard the Obama Train!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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