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. Diva in Pennsylvania

    We Obamacrats welcome you with open arms!

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |


    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. CWatson

    You mean Hillary couldn't fool him trying to count the Michigan votes and claiming she was more electable?

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. mamady sylla (london)

    Thank you Gabriel. Like Richardson, you put your party and your country 1st. I think no one will call you "juda". I am democrat but I wonder what legacy Bill Clinton will leave. He is hurting himself.

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. CA Girl

    To Sharon Walker – yes I am a clinical psychologist by profession and I think your anger is displaced – very harsh words for someone you don't even know personally! Look deep inside to unveil what is really bothering you.....

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Stan

    Go ahead, follow the money like other loosers.

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Reginald

    sharon walker regarding your comments today, April 25, 2008. Exactly who did Senator Obama murder???? I must have missed the global news alert on that.

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. clear thinking

    Used to be 'an old and longtime friend of Senator Clinton'.
    Friends wouldn't do stuff like that.
    Hopefully you didn't jump ship too prematurely?

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Linda of Atlanta

    Thank God! It is time for people of good faith to stand up for ending this nightmare! Clinton is incapable conceding. And she seems not to care about the damage she is doing to the Country. She is the very candiate that I would not want within 10 miles of that red phone.

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Smart

    Yes, for a united party...Keep them coming
    Simple logic

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary reminds of a dog I owned a few years ago. We had two dogs at the same time and the female was dominant and always ate first. She urinated on the food once she had enough so the male couldn't eat any.
    That's Hillary to a tee! If she can't have the nomination she will make sure no democrat can.
    Way past time to go home Hill & Bill. America is sick to death of you dirty campaign.
    Any one except Clinton 08

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. lisa Asian

    One loser doesn't count, although he is a big loser

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Phillip-Little Rock

    Isn't it mighty strange how people keep leaving the Clintonistas? Maybe they all know something the rest of us don't?

    April 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Jenna, NY

    Rich Guy with BRAINS!

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Sean

    I think it's respectable that Mondragon is capable of setting aside petty differences to see what's best for the Democratic party. Being divided at this stage in the game can only be bad for Democrats come November.

    Hillary should, by all means, stay in to see what the remainder of the voters have to say, but it would be great if she could do so in a manner that doesn't damage Obama's chances in November since he will be the likely nominee. Even McCain and Huckabee have spoken out against the ridiculous focus on supposed "issues" like Wright, so it would be nice if Hillary could show the same maturity.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Mack

    All he raised was a half million dollars, Hillary's website put that to shame. Goodbye you won't be missed.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. jla

    obama sucks. and for people to criticize clinton for playing the race card is stupid.

    thats what obama is doing. Hes preying on the uneducated blacks for their votes. They dont care what he stands for, they just want a black president. and of course, everyone is too scared to admit the truth.

    you will find out that if it is between obama and mccain, people will vote for mccain. obama is not a strong choice...and he is a bit wimpy when it comes to standing up to someone...its a shame that people in the united states are that stupid that they dont listen to what is going on...

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Run away from Hillary

    Be careful of the Clintons' power machine. You should go in hiding. The Clintons' troops are hunting and intimating the Obamas' suporters.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Richard

    I said this over 2 months ago. This contest is going to bleed us democrats dry and weaken us in November. And that is exactly what is taking place. It is obvious that Hillary cannot win legitamately, so the supers need to force her out now – so we can focus are time and resources against McCain and the republicans.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. CWatson

    "What on earth did Obama promise to this one??? Obama is great at making empty promises you know…."

    Maybe he promised to pay his bills on time ...

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Fella from Chicago

    A half-million bucks? Chump change in an election this size. Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon raising money for an Osama,er Barack Obama? Where are the Americans at whose ancestors founded and built this country into the greatest nation history has ever known? Hillary Clinton; oh yes there's a familar sounding name with an American heritage behind it.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Finally... some RESPONSIBILITY.

    Thank you.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Captain Smith

    Seems the "shills" are out in force today. Face it, unless she pulls a fast one, Clinton's history.

    Poor fellow's wondering where the money went since it didn't get the Clinton vendors paid. She's in debt and anyone who extends this campaign credit at this point is an idiot. Expect more defections soon.

    Clinton just hit the iceberg and the bands headed for the deck. Hey, Bill get out of the way, it's women and children first.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. An Agnostic Democrat

    Looks as though the rats are jumpin' ship 'cuz they ain't been paid in so long, and they don't want their reputations sullied for eternity. Come to the winning side with your integrity and reputation intact. Viva Obama!

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. NickSanDiegOBama

    My Ex Wifes EX Husband didn't believe me when I said she was Crazy either! He lost his House to her!

    Hillary isn't all there. Listen to the people closest to her who have nothing to fear from her.

    That is all

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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