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. carrie

    oh my goodness
    the more negative hillary gets,the more here people leave her sinking ship
    these people are close to the clintons and know something which we dont
    we,the obama supporters can sniff it,but the idiots who keep voting for clinton are simply too uneducated to realise this.
    hop on,we still have space on the obama life boats.
    he he he he he!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Ken

    hilray --yes!! Obama - quit!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. jimmy vekmen

    that's what they all say when they switch loyalties.
    Going against your own contituents is specifically reprehencsible
    because it goes against their votes. Oklahomans ddid not vote to
    their primary blindfolded. Their governor is another Judas jumping on the obama band wagon for a position in obama's cabinet.
    what a shame..Vote B. Henry out of office.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. P. J.

    It's time somebody in the Democratic Party ran Hillary Clinton down with a safari wagon, shot her with a tranquilizer dart, netted her and dragged off to a zoo for political animals.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. marie

    Gabriel sounds like a very caring person, but also very practical. The math just does not add up for the Clinton campaign. I do not see a gracious end to her final days in the race. The Clintons have done more damage than good to the party, and are now basically making Obama look like a saint.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Shar

    WEAK!–just like OBAMA–you belong with him and all the Democrats ready to roll over just like Florida. Time will show.

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. MikeT

    who cares? why are you reporting this?

    Hillary already got $10 million dollars in 24 hours.

    The delegate count is flawed, especilly if she wins the popular vote and she will. No amount of spin will change that. The allocations were off, report on that.
    It's crystal clear.

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. obama lover

    welcome aboard barack (elvis) obama's train
    glad to have you
    elvis presley and barack all way to pennsyvania ave

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. carrie



    April 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Susan MO


    GO OBAMA 08

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. DJ, LA, CA

    Aaaaah...the wind blows pretty hard that way. Is it safe to back Obama yet? Bandwagon also last to jump on.

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. George

    haha. there are many Judas now. Hillary's camp is producing Judas. Billary 's boat is sinking now.

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. obama lover

    sharon walker
    girl you better watch what you say about some one that is rought talk
    when you say muder. honey come on aboard and get over the hate
    no stay with hillary, we don't have people like you

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. NC Primary MY TURN!

    Ken, you are probably another Clinton BIGOT!

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Seattle Voter

    My theory is that all this men are jeolous of Hillary. Women should be supporting her but instead they are mocking her. Whether she win or lose, she already made history!

    Sinced Obama is the most LIBERAL senator, maybe he already made a deal with these folks--give the illegal alliens a GREENCARD so they can permanently stay in the US.

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. EC

    GOD BLESS YOU Gariel Guerra-Mondragon!

    Let's keep em coming!

    Si Su Puede !!!

    Si Su Puede !!!

    Si Su Puede !!!

    Si Su Puede !!!

    Muchos Gracias

    Si Su Puede !!!

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Tom,des moines

    these traiter should be a ashame of themself.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. yem

    What the Demo party needs is people like you with common sense
    and basic math education.Clinton's numbers do not add up to make her the nominee. Please Clintons' go home gracefully.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Venus


    I love it! This is getting better EVERY DAY!

    Keep going Hillary! Keep being Negative! Keep Lying!

    OK. you Hillary supporters – this should tell you something!

    There's room on our "Obama Train"! You can bet we are going to win
    after we beat John Mc Cain!

    Go President Obama!

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Elisabeth

    Hillary is a very strong woman and she don´t need money. She is able to win anyway.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Elizabeth M

    I am so sick of people saying, I am good friends with the Clintons and then pulling out on them. I am sorry to say this but Obama will not win the general election, get a life. WE ARE GIVING THE ELECTION TO THE REPUBLICANS. There is way too much baggage this man has and I think there will be much more before it is over. He has been great at keeping these things from the voters. Look at him whinning in North Carolina about the Rev. Wright ad. IT IS THE TRUTH, stop trying to suppress the truth. Deal with it, and answer the question once and for all.

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

    To "isn't it ironic" (who keeps posting the same inane "ultimate irony" comment in multiple threads):

    No, the ultimate irony for HRC supporters is that the very person who has been advocating for superdelegates to follow their conscience rather than their constituencies is losing super-delegates who are doing exactly that.

    Even more ironic is that she said she'd have this wrapepd up by Feb 5. She said she could focus on big states and not small states. She came in as the inevitable candidate. And look at where she is now.

    Now that's irony.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Mike from Westchester


    There is still time for Hillary to exit with dignity. If she does it now, she can use the $$ she just raised to pay off her debts. Also, she can go out on her own terms after a victory rather than go out a loser after NC.

    She has four choices:
    1) Go out now on her own terms
    2) Drop out after getting whipped
    3) Be forced out by the superdelegate tide coming in 12 days
    4) Be removed from the Convention floor in a straightjacket

    The sooner the better, for the party and for the country.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Nando, Florida

    AFTER MAY 6 they will be Jumping off the CLINTONS SINKING SHIP LIKE IT WAS THE ARMISTAD!!!!!!!!!

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

    This man is looking out for the good of the party. Good on him.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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