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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  1. Herman in LA

    Like him or not he personally have always spoken highly about Hillary even in the debates he only when after her on the issues. Barack is a true gentleman and will be a good president as well. He won't be prefect no one is but our makers however, he will be a whole lot better than McCain and you can put your bottom dollar on that.

    June 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Clinton a mistake

    It's a good thing Hillary didn't get her dream. She is about as fake as they come. At least Obama didn't blatantly exagerate on numerous stories just to win votes.

    "We had to duck and run from the planes as we were under sniper fire..." Yeah right Hillary sure you were.......

    June 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. D. King

    The rich give a token amount to the rich so who cares. HRC should have stopped her campaign when she ran out of money and had no chance to catch up anyway. She just couldn't get enough of the spotlight and the superstar treatment and she couldn't accept defeat until it smacked her in the face. She and Bill can afford to payoff their own debts. All she needs to do is write some dopey book and she'll make a mint.

    June 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Marv...

    The reaction taken by some of these feminist groups will come back to haut them. The next female candidate will be put under more scrunity before she has a chance to announce her candidacy, because of the protest vote. From this point on, any female candidate who these bitter turn-coat Hillary democrats put their support behind will be highly suspect. Will these female candidates cry and moan because they weren’t treated unfairly? What political candidate Republican, Democrat, or Independent you know who was treated fairly? Hillary Clinton dealt with sex discrimination, Barack Obama deals with race discrimination and John McCain deals with age discrimination. You may call yourselves protesting by voting against Obama, but the rest of us will remember you and your bitterness during the next elections. Whether it's presidential, Senate or Govern of a state, we will remember where you stood this election. So go ahead and protest. It will come back to haut the future female candidates. We are looking at the beginning of the end of the feminist groups. Those who supported you all these years also feel betrayed. We won't forget!! Who will trust or take your message serious now?

    June 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Marilyn

    It doesn't matter how much "feel good" stuff they do. I do not like Obama and I will not vote for him. I have left the Democratic party and I'm not coming back.

    June 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Nice but....

    Nice gesture but I'm not thrilled that everyone has to pay for the mismanagement of a pathetic Clinton campaign. Obama's win is a true blessing. Can you imagine this woman trying to manage the country's finances just so she can get done what she wants and so someone can end up bailing her out? Clintons should run and hide under a rock til 2016 if that!

    June 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. DM, Arlington TX

    This is what America is all about... Let share the wealth... I like to have them donate to the flood victim of the mid west... and then Donate to help me pay off my house...

    We let now laugh ha ha ha !!!!

    Senator and Mrs Obama did a great gester by helping to reduce her debt...

    I'll be keeping a close I on Maggie Williams.. of the Hillary Clinton camp she might be getting indicted here soon because of her part in the Housing forclosures.....

    Let not let her handle them money...

    June 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Cathy in MD

    To give or not to give. Clinton has been given her money. Obama has been given no choice. Could you imagine if he didn't make a donation? As has been the case throughout this long campaign, Obama is expected to bow to the Clintons while they are free to say and do as they please when they please.

    June 27, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. DJ in TX

    While I can understand why this was done, but............Anyway, this is nothing new. This kind of thing has been done in politics for some time. Its just that this is forefront more than it ever has been.

    I respect Senator Clinton, but the finincial situation her campaign is in, was due to her campaign and nothing or noe one else. I can understand people having reservations on giving to a campaign just to pay a debt. Again, I understand why, but what about the American people who are in debt (for some of the same reasons her campaign is in debt – mismanagement of funds). Who is going to help them? Should they be helped in the same fashion? What does this say about our priorities? Just a thought. Democrates Unite!

    June 27, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Jessica

    Mike, you're an idiot.

    Good on Obama for going out of his own pocket. Hillary ran a good campaign and in the end, wasn't the nominee.

    June 27, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. saga for Obama

    i dont care but i still LOVE the Clintons. do i think she and Bill caused a great deal of damage during the primaries? yes. do i think she should have handled her money better? yes. do i think it was a mistake to underestimate Mr. Obama. heck yes. but i can understand Mrs. Clinton was fighting hard for something she wanted, and i respect that.
    i am and have been an Obama supporter who like Mr. Obama holds the Clintons in high regards, i would contribute to her, if for no other reason...we need her focused on getting Mr. obama in the white house.
    however my only reservation to contributing to her campaign are her "hateful" supporters, those of you who dis honor the work and commitment of Mrs. Clinton. those of you who would have the audacity to call yourselves Clinton supporters and even hint to vote for McCain....you are the reservations that many Obama supporters have in helping our national Hero HRC. great job guys

    June 27, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Sean

    I love how it's not reported that he sidestepped questions from her supporters that left them sour. It's all about Barack and Michelle. It's an ongoing reality show that needs to be canceled. Want news on this, read NoQuarter. More meat, less fluff!

    Democrats for McCain '08!

    June 27, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Didine - Maryland

    Great gesture from Senator Obama and his wife. Now it is time for the 18 Millions of people who vote for Mrs. Clinton to show they love and support. They need to stop talking trash and donate to their queen so she can pay off her debt.

    June 27, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Ellie

    Down with Obama....

    Hey, go vote for McBush....and see where that gets you!! ha! ha!

    June 27, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Larry Sinclair

    I couldn't agree with Mike more.

    June 27, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. mari gale

    Did Michelle Obama give the max also? Which is allowed. After all it is $2,300 per person.

    June 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. DFoster

    PumaPac,

    Ha!! Pack of idiots!!

    June 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Anthony, Dallas, Tx

    I don't like this move, but I surely respect it.

    OBAMA "08"

    June 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. mayahh

    At the end of the day, it is a gasp of fresh 'AIR' when these two people Senator OBAMA and Senator CLINTON , will together weather the STORM, and take the COUNTRY to its HIGHEST state of DEMOCRACY. AMERICA LAND OF THE BRAVE, It will be an honor to behold... GREAT JOB SENATORS.... WELL DONE.

    June 27, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Clemson 4 Obama

    I have always been with Obama through the good the bad and the ugly, and I always said I wouldn't give Hillary 2 cans or a bucket, but If we want to unite our party thats what we do we help each other out, you don't come to someone elses party with out bringing the beer, unless Mccain veto beer, it's not Obama thats giving her money the rest of the party will follow her because her debt is their debt they co-signed for her a loan and it have to get paid.

    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0 PUMA PAC WHERE YOU AT !!!!!!
    DONATE TO HILLARY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Chris from NY

    I GUESS OBAMA IS EITHER GENEROUS OR REALLY A GOOD MINDED DEMOCRAT WHO WANTS PARTY UNITY. OTHERWISE I DON'T SEE WHY ANY ONE SHOULD DONATE TO HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN. THE LADY WAS TOLD IN MARCH THAT THE MATHS WAS AGAINST HER BUT SHE PRESSED ON ANYWAY. I ADMIRED HER GRIT AND COURAGE BUT SHE KNEW WHAT SHE KNOWS NOW THEN. SHE COULD HAVE SAVED HERSELF THIS HEART ACHE IF SHE HAD GRACIUOUSLY BOWED OUT WHEN IT BECAME OBVIOUS OBAMA WAS GOING TO WIN THE NOMINATION.

    June 27, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Darrell

    People WAKE UP! Maybe Obama supporters want to continue to wear blinders.

    The only reason Obama is helping Hillary is because he need her help. He need her donors and he need her to campaign for him. Her campaigning is not going to help though because the GOP are going to do commercials reminding us what Clinton said about him during the primaries. Which Clinton will you believe, the Clinton during the primaries OR the Clinton that was stabbed in the back by her party and was forced to endorse Obama!

    June 27, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Belle

    Bright....how can you possibly say Obama won fair and square?

    1. Only 1/2 of FL votes counted (Otherwise there would have been a 40 delegate difference!)
    2. Obama was GIVEN all uncommitted votes+4 delegates from Hillary's votes AGAINST DNC RULES!
    3. He goes to state and DENOUNCES NAFTA...what a joke...what a lie!
    And he accused Hillary of pandering????
    4. Again, for the FIRST TIME IN HISTORY the closest election in history did not go to the Convention Floor...THAT would have been a fair and square win.
    5. For the first time in HISTORY, the DNC called for Clinton to drop out of the race....forced undecided superdelegates to make a decision before the convention.

    If you support Obama...it is fair....if you support Clinton, it is totally unfair...

    With all of the flip flopping he has been doing, it is very hard to Trust him....hard to trust McCain....

    June 27, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. BK

    Everybody know Michelle Obama hates Hillary because she said she wouldn't support her and then she said she would have to think about it.
    Obama could care less if we have to pay more for gas he said he just wished it hadn't gone up all at once. He doesn't support drilling. We can't drive cars on wind or solar panels. We need to drill now and do all the other options. We are financing terrorists.

    June 27, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. EPOP

    Mike, you are a delusional piece of ...... Your comment is by far the most ideotic thing I have ever heard. You have no sence of reality and its people like you is why our country is the way it is now. And all you PUMAS out there, is'nt that a name of a shoe company? Your vote won't matter because President Obama will win in a landslide, so keep your vote and stick to making shoes.

    June 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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