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. GM from MN

    That is awesome. I think superdelegates will take this into account. Especially her own fundraisers say enough is enough. Superdelegates are likely to follow. After Indiana and NC vote everyone will quietly ask her to step down and when she refuses to do so the superdelegates will endorse obama so he reaches the 2025 needed.

    I have a feeling though that even if that happens she will still keep campaigning.

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

    Hey Sharon Walker- you can't even spell the word loser. Go back to school "looser".

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Chuck

    This is great, every time I turn around I see someone leave Hillary and go to Obama.
    And after all of this he still can’t beat her. LOL
    This guy is a joke, with all the things he has going for him he can’t take her out.

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. ner

    Who knows may be by now they are working a deal with Bill Clinton & Chelsea..GOOD WORK OBAMA

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Hillary

    Another defector. People with moral values have finally seen the light and our walking away from the dark side. When are the rest of the Hillary supporters going to wake up. Close friends who have strong ties to the Clintons are defecting this should tell you something. Something evil is going on in her camp. The rest of you better repent and see the light before you are cast down into the firey pit of hell.

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. tidho

    I think the language he used tells it all – he's a Democrat first.

    Hillary is damaging the party. Obama has been and remains the front runner and her attacks on him are legitimizing the attacks Republicans will make in the fall.

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Jeff Radun

    Please Hillary
    I wish you would win as you are our only hope the dems have of getting into the white house. Obama is to close to racists and he is a flawed candidate.

    But saying that he has the nomination almost in the bag and barring the supers giving you the nomination he has to make another huge mistake for them to move to you. Stay in long enough to win Indiana and then drop out so it will show the rest of the party he does not have the white vote, the womans vote, the hispanic vote, the religious vote, the seniors vote, the blue colar working vote, You know the core dem of the party. .
    Listen to the Obamanation. Retire from the race and the senate.
    You and Bill go off and enjoy the 109 mil you guys earned.
    Let Obama try with the help of the supers like Ted Kennedy, Bill Richardson and the rest get the people who supported you in this race back in the fold. I very much dought they can do it. They couldn't deliver thier own sates to him. How do you think they will do in the general.
    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Melanie, TX

    This is great news. I hope others are watching and following. 🙂

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. jj

    Just like I've said before, the Obama camp says, if you don't vote for him it's because you're a racist. And Obama people try to blame Clinton for bringing race into it???? .. So Clinton supporters should be saying that if you don't vote for her your a sexist??? Grow up people. We've come way past black vs white, IF YOU LET IT. How about people just vote for who they like huh?? quit trying to tear our party apart about race.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. demo-bats

    Democrats are good at one thing- losing elections...even those that are in the bag.

    We have now spent more money than ever to beat a really weak republican nominee, with everyone already disgusted with Bush.

    But once again, we are trying to install the nominee with appeal to the radical, ultra-liberal and fringe elements of the party. Such a candidate can not even pull all of the democrats behind him- much less the rest of America.

    Now we wil Pander to the newbies and the black vote- out of fear of alienating them... and then we are willing to lose the election. Again.

    We never learn.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. GM from MN

    "How sad if Obama gets the nominee like everyone is claiming and he loses the general then what will all these defectors say then."

    posted by someone

    If Obama can't win I highly doubt that Clinton would.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. David

    Good job
    Go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Frank (Cleveland)

    I support Obama, but in the end this really is a non event.

    Obama doesnt need mega supporters, his money is coming from the American People. I say have Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon give $50, like we all did

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Brad K

    Smart fellow! The Titanic has hit an iceberg, hull is shattered, she's taking on water and is listing badly. It's only a matter of time before she goes down. Lifeboats, anyone?

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Debby

    Carrie, I was thinking the same thing about Obama supporters since they don't seem to know how to spell out whole words.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |

    Well I just wanted to complain for a second. None of my pots ever get on this blog, but Cnn posts that hateful comment by the woman named Sharon. What is up with that CNN?

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Chad Lupkes

    If both candidates were staying on the high road, this continuing contest would be the greatest thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. Both candidates should be going after John McCain, trying to prove that they are the best person to go against him in November. Because the Clinton Camp is saying now that Obama is not the right person to be the president, how can we believe them after the Convention when they will be REQUIRED to say it in order to put a Democrat in the White House.

    Hillary may be willing and able to wait for 2012 before she gets into the Oval Office. The world can't wait. We need a Democrat on January 20th, 2009. We need a Democrat in the White House now...

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. ddenna

    Sharon Walker be careful what you say. Things have a way of coming back to us full circle. I'm sure you would not want anyone to call you or anyone in your circle to be called a murdered or wish that they would be hunted down. Again, be careful what you say. Words are powerful when released to the universe. If you don't want Obama to be president, fine....then don't vote for him. Don't wish him harm!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. carrie

    no one owes anything to the clintons.we all owe our allegiance to our country.
    we pledge allegiance to our flag,not to the clintons
    we can vote for who ever we want.
    we will not give in to fear tactics
    we will not give in to rumour mongering
    we will not give in to deceit
    we will not give in to lieing
    we will not give into backroom politics
    we will niot give into hypocrisy
    we will not give in to the CLINTONS
    we love our country

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. June W

    Another one jumping ship, what's wrong with this picture? Sure doesn't sound like she's too popular with her friends either. Somebody please throw her a lifeline! Send in the Marine's,,,but wait, they're not available, they're off fighting a war she voted for. Poor Hillary, looks like it will have to be Bill to the rescue, but didn't she tell him to go away, sit in a corner and shut up?

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. robb

    I guess the DNC went with the right person. Senator O is a money making machine.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Dennis

    I think Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon's actions are similar to those of a lot of super delegates we'll be seeing. Despite the 9-10% margin of victory for Senator Clinton, she only picked up 10 delegates. She'll likely lose that ground on May 6th when North Carolina and Indiana go to the polls.

    Senator Clinton will not likely catch Senator Obama in pledged delegates or the popular vote. Many of the super delegates are beginning to realize that. As much as they may not like it, they also realize the Democrats need to name their nominee and start working towards the general election in November.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Anne

    She just raised $10 million in 24 hours! That sort of tells me
    that her supporters WANT HER TO STAY IN.

    I'm sorry, but my party DOES NOT COME FIRST.
    If I don't like the candidate, I can't vote for them.

    And I will not vote for an arrogant, racist, hot air balloon.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Peddy, Omaha

    The way to go! That is the type of courage the nation needs. Watch out for the attack dogs though!

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. BK

    Hillary it is over!!! Her people are defecting. They are looking at the big picture... November election. Something she will not do.


    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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