June 27th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama donates to Clinton campaign

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, each donated $2,300 Thursday to the campaign of his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, which is millions of dollars in debt.

In addition, Obama's national finance chairman, Penny Pritzker, and her husband donated another $2,300 each, said Obama communications director Robert Gibbs. The $2,300 is the maximum individual contribution allowed.

"[Obama] wrote a check himself, as well as his finance chairman, so I got two checks in my pocket for Hillary," said Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe.

Asked how much the checks were for, he responded, "They maxed out."

Obama communications director Robert Gibbs confirmed the Obamas' donations.

The move comes nearly three weeks after Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. JustADude

    To William Rinds

    If you think giving $ 2,300 is buying out – you must be real CHEAP !! The Clintons can perfectly pay the debt alone but they prefer us to foot the bill.Thats why I they won´t see a cent of mine. As for paying reparations to Blacks I´d like to see some proof first or is it just one more republican smear against Obama. If you have proof please enlighten us all.

    June 27, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 27, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. David K in New York, NY

    So Obama takes the high-road and gives the max personal contreibution. With Hillary supporting Obama, when are the soldiers in her army going to follow their leader and back Obama?

    Are her supporters willing to cut their noses to spite their faces, and the future of the country, and continue to vow and perhaps actually support the anti-choice, war mongering, part-of-the-problem McCain?

    Wake up. Hillary gets it. When will her supporters.

    June 27, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Jimmy from NY

    Finallly ! This a True sign that the party is begining to heal from is wounds .Now Lets see how Hillary will campain for him such place like Kentucky , West virginia and Florida

    OBAMA 08

    June 27, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Dan

    Oh that is just silly. At least its more than he donated to charities in total most of the years he was making 300k

    June 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. sherry

    Now have all of Clintons supporters give and it should be paid off

    Have the ones that wont vote for Obama give the maximum since they would be betraying the democratic party.

    How anyone could vote for McLame is beyond me

    June 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Felice Judkins

    Some of you people are just plain ignorant. The comments reflect silly , childish pettiness. For all of you so-called diehard Hillary supporters, why don't you bail her out; all 18 million of you. Obama would be criticized if he did not help and he is being criticized for helping her. It's not buying votes. It shows that this man has a lot of integiry and character and is not bent on anger and grudge. Some of you idiots reall y need to stop being so small minded and grow up.

    June 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. militant PUMA

    HRC is our mentor, saviour and guiding light and war general in the fight to reclaim the DEM party to its founding roots of a white Judeo-Christian home for real Democrats.

    June 27, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. clare in Orlando,FL

    William Rinds....get a life! Go Barack. Your'e the Man. Thanks for helping out a person in need.

    June 27, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. geecee827

    If you read the article, it says Michelle Obama ALSO donated $2,300, as well as other members of Obama's campaign staff. Please, if you are going to make a negative comment, at least be right about it!!

    June 27, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    People need to stop and actually read the story before they comment. Barack and Michelle donated their personal funds to Clinton. It did NOT come from the little people that donated to him. That is illegal. It does not take a single penny from his campaign.
    Very nice gesture Senator and Mrs Obama. Thanks for trying to unify this very negative party.
    You get my vote.

    June 27, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Brave New World

    I now understand what Sen. Obama means by "Change We Can Believe In." We can believe that he will change his positions in an attempt to deceive everyone into thinking he agrees with them. And then he will do whatever is in his own best interest.

    June 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Tammy - KCMO

    Some of you Hillary fans are truly in denial. The rest seem to be Republicans in disguise trying to prevent the DNC from uniting.

    Get over it. Obama will be the nominee. Hillary wasn't treated anymore unfairly than Obama was. She did not win more votes unless you use the "Clinton math".

    It was nice of Barack and Michelle as well as other of Obama's supporters to help Hillary pay off the debt to try to help unify the party. Some of you just refuse to see it that way. He didn't have to. They could just let her sit and stew about it and make her pay it out of her millions. Thus most likely preventing her, at least for awhile, to have the money to make another run for it since her "supporters" don't seem to want to fund her run for office.

    June 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. sherry





    June 27, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. ProundToBeDemocrat

    It was nice of him to donate to her compaign, but she does not need it she worth over 110M she can afford to pay it her self or let some of her stupid and emotional supperters help her out which by the way most of the are Women and older than 40.

    June 27, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Annette, Washington, DC

    Obama has shown himself as a stand up man. Whether it's for political gain or not, this guy uses his wisdom for the right reason. We need that kind of strength leading our country. For the folks who, are prejudice about a black man as president, ask yourself one question, does it matter when it comes to feeding , housing and clothing your family? about educating your children and providing health opportunities for you and your family? Ask yourself does a person race determines that? Or yout that stubborn and born with this idea that a black man is black man and should be hated? Think about your future before you answer that question to yourself. Our economy and military is ailing and race did not play a part in that?

    June 27, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Anonymous

    There are so many fools writing a lot of crap on this page. What's wrong with GIVING?

    June 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. bill in pa

    Hey dummy, try reading instead of opening your big yap. They both donated the max. It's better to be silent and let people think your stupid than open your mouth and prove it to the world.

    June 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Rob Johnson

    "a return to Jimmy Carter. Do we really want that?"

    I bet Hillary would. She is much closer to Jimmy Carter in her policies and ideas than she is to John McCain.

    It's interesting that not even this gesture is enough for some of Hillary's supporters. What else can the man do to earn your vote? He is putting his money where his mouth is, and the symbolic nature of his donation is sure to get more Obama supporters to do the same.

    After today's appearance in Unity, it will become harder and harder for Clinton supporters to vote for anybody but Obama. You're not going to see Hillary out on the campaign trail with McCain, that's for sure.

    June 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Patrick

    I read these comments each time and thankfully I take my ulcer medication first.

    1. $2300 is the max you can give as a PERSONAL donation.

    2. Voting McCain because Hilary lost is ludicrous, foolish, childish, and down right STUPID. McCain in office means women's rights will fall, gay rights will fall, and backwards thinking republican morons will continue to drive the US into poverty.

    3. Hilary is an awesome woman. Yes, we know she lost, we know the Michigan and Florida seemed like an unfair decision. HOW? They broke the rules.... Be thankful they are allowed their seats, half or not.

    Hilary or Obama can not be blamed, scoffed, or ridiculed for what happened in Florida and Michigan. They caused their own issues, not Hilary and Barak.

    I could go on and on about this whole thing, but as an adult, who sits back, and looks the whole thing over, Obama is our only chance. He may not be the greatest choice, many will hate it if he wins. Yet seriously, Why would you want to subject your Children, loved ones, friends, and family to another four years of war mongering, tax loving, backwards thinking republican totalitarianism.

    June 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Betty Robinson

    Hillary should get donations from CNN. MSNBC to pay back for the terrible way she was treated during the primary by your newsmen and girl. I have been a lifetime Democrat but you have made a Republican out of me for the disrespect you gave Hillary. Anything you are for I am against now.

    June 27, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Bendo

    Dear MIke: are you McCains age? you must be your sooo delusional! get with reality dude!

    June 27, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    I wouldn't have given them a dime Obama, they are worth 109 mil and she ran her poor campaign into debt, not you. Let her be responsible for it. If she hadn't been so egotistic and selfish and ran such a horrible campaign she wouldn't be in this mess. Or let her lunatic supporters give her the money.

    June 27, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Curious!

    Darragh Murphy, founder of Puma Pac, donated $500 to McCain in 2000 and voted for him in the primaries. PUMA PAC are republicans baiting bitter Hilliary Clinton supporters to get McCain Elected!!!

    June 27, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Good job, Barack! Now maybe some of Hillary's supporters can kick in some bread as well, if they're not too busy voting for McSame...

    June 27, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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