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. Charles

    As always, there's no pleasing some people. What exactly is wrong with them giving the maximum amount to her campaign? It's a donation to charity, something he has done, as shown in his tax returns, all his life. It's also a unifying message. Is he doing this to get votes and get people who seem to support Hillary no matter what? Well duh!! Of course he is! But it's also a caring thing for him to do seeing as how it probably wouldn't have been done for him.
    Many of you are right. It's not his fault she ran so bad a campaign (something so many staunch Hillary supporters refuse to admit). However, he's doing this in the name of party unity and being able to put the past where it belongs – in the past. Obama is a great man, a great leader, and will be a great president. No matter how you feel about him doing this, it's a sign of that greatness in the end.

    June 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Hillary's Selfish Supporter

    A Clinton supporter had the nerve to go on CNN today and promote the fact that Barack gave his candidate money. When the host asked if he was going to donate to the Obama campaign, he said "I'll have to think about it". This is the Hillary frame of mind, selfish to the end.

    Instead of talking about Obama, Hillary's got her supporters begging for money.

    I wouldn't give a dime towards her stupid, unnecessary debt.

    Not a penny for stupidity.

    June 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Stephen H

    To Hello! June 27th, 2008 9:08 am ET

    Obviously, morons like you comment here without paying attention to the details of the article above. The article clearly states that Barack and Michelle gave $2300 EACH. Pay attention to the details and quit trying to be divisive. The Democrats need to win the WH back and people need to get over the hurt and focus on that goal. Whether or not you like Obama and/or Clinton, we still can not allow the Republicans to win in November. Lets leave the petty comments behind and move forward please.

    June 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Tony

    " Hello!!! " – moron. If you bothered reading the FIRST SENTENCE, you'd realize Michelle donated also. Ignorant schmuck.

    People like you are reasons why I support Democrats who favor increased funding in education programs.

    June 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Jay

    It's interesting that the 'Clinton or McCain' lot are mostly either closet R's or barely literate slack-jawed yokels. Nice representation, and for someone who's not zealously backing anyone yet, it's a pretty good preliminary indication of how what a swing voter like me should pay attention to so that we don't all follow the stupids in the voting trends as we did in the last two GE's. Thanks for unwittingly providing those with brains and the ability for rational thought a ton of insight. Keep it up!

    June 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. yns

    My vote will not be bought!!!!

    June 27, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Patty Don't

    Get over yourselves. Primary is done. Obama won. Now he is doing exactly what he is asking of his backers, which is to help Hillary out of the hole she dug herself into.

    Honestly i'm even more impressed with him now. If i was in his position i would giver her the finger and make a suggestion as to what to do to herself. But obviously Barry is a much better person than i am.

    June 27, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. paul oregon

    guess sentor obama doesnt need my donation to his campain.
    very dissapointed that obama is letting the clintons make him look
    like a chump. looks like the same-o same-o potlics.

    June 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Jimmy

    Once again this campaign is all about Hillary and her stupid debt. Trust me; if her bills were paid she would be overseas with Bill. She is the most selfish, self-centered person on the planet. I will never give money towards her debt, and I think it's wrong of her to ask people. She said she put her money in because she thought her candidacy was a worth while investment, well it wasn't. Okay, so who should pay–Obama, no, Hillary should pay.

    Terry McCullough, the one who declared her the next president of the US on the night she should have conceded, now wants Obama to go to his general donor base, not just the large donor base. My answer to Terry is forget about it. Wasn't it Terry who said that Hillary would win inspite of Obama's funding, well she didn't. Now let her pay the piper.

    I honestly believe her campaign didn't win because they were all so selfish.

    June 27, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Former Bitter HRC Supporter Coming Around


    You are a real piece of work. Truth is, Obama doesn't want support from someone like you. It's against everything he supposedly stands for. Quit being a poor winner.

    June 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Gabriel

    "Hello!!!", are you blind? It says at the top of the article that both Barack and Michelle wrote checks. I'd advise you get your facts straight before you spew your vile and inflammatory misinformation over the article.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Hillary Supporter!

    To: Derrick in Houston,

    YOU are one of the reason why your candidate will NEVER get my vote. YOU are hateful and also pretty stupid! You and the others should 1) take off your blinders and 2) take a course in pol. sci. or government before it's too late. This is politics. This is all to make him and his campaign look good and get support. But, it's pretty obvious he's got you fooled. I don't buy anything this man says. Never have and never will. Thank God, I'm not in political office because I DO NOT have to vote for him to please my constituents! Also, when are you all going to get it that it's not up to Hillary or Bill Clinton to unite the party–they are not the nominee.-Obama is! It is up to him so get off her back! But he knows he cannot do it without her help–because he is a weak candidate!

    June 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. bea

    Some of you have very little knowledege how campaigns are run.

    Neither Obama is being "generous", neither Hillary is being "bought" out.

    Obama needs Hillary's top donors and he needs hers. Both groups have maxed out the maximum amount allowed by law that they can gve to their candidate. So, they are basically switching donors, hers will give to his campaign and his will give to hers to help retire her debt.

    The reason why he gave her $2,300 of his personal account was because several of her top donors were complaining that he hadn't made a good enough faith effort to help her out while at the same time expecting them to contribute to his campaign.

    In politics nobody does anything for nothing, one hand washes the other...............

    June 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Cathy

    Barack and Michelle did the right thing and I commend them.

    I have always been a strong Obama supporter and donate to his campaign regularly. Today, I will also be donating a little something to Clinton because at the end of the day we all want what is best for our country.

    No matter Obama supporter or Clinton supporter....we all want our country back on track.

    Democrats Unite!!!!

    June 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Stop Begging Hillary

    I think it's ironic that the most selfish candidate in this year's election, has to now beg for money. I wouldn't give one dime to this women. The reason she's begging for money is because she was too stubborn to face the truth, and too selfish to be honest with her supporters. Those 18 million voters are now wondering why does she have her hand out to Obama, a man she doesn't like?

    Well, it's simple, she has 22 million reasons why. She's selfish and spoiled and I really hope she loses her money, big time. Whats a few million when she and Bill have a lot more.

    Not donating to a wicked, wretched woman.

    June 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. A Midwesterner who loves God but not guns

    It's time to put aside our differences and unite with one voice. Go Obama!

    June 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Hammerhead

    Typical democrat: throwing money at a losing proposition.

    June 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    thank you mr president

    June 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. ANGIE


    June 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Nancy

    She's the reason he got start campaigning in the general so late. Now, not only is he taking money out of his pocket to pay HER debt, but she's begging that he go to his donors.

    I don't like Hillary, so of course I'm not donating to her, but I hate to see others send her money, when it's her fault that she racked up so much debt. She should have taken lessons from Edwards, and Richardson and bowed out of the election. She didn't because she thought she was entitled and would win anyway. She was wrong, and now she should pay.

    June 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Concerned Democrat

    To all HRC supporters who claim that they will vote for McCain this year so that they can push Hillary in 2012...well we will follow suit if Obama is not elected. Looks like McCain will have office for next 8 years. Don't you just love your LIFE. Idiots.

    June 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. DEMOCRATS '08 BABY!!!!!

    Give me a break with all this PUMA crap or we will vote McBush garbage. The man did a nice thing and has been talking about this for weeks and all you people can do is spit vitrolic messages of hate. He won the election fair and square. People went for his message and not hers– point blank. If you cannot support the Democratic nominee, move away to Canada or do us all a favor and go jump off the nearest bridge. This election is far to important to worry about your whining and childish behavior.

    June 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Jen

    I don't get Hillary, and I never will because my parents raised me not to be selfish.

    June 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. JB Sacramento

    To Hello, "Where's Michelle's $2,300???????????? He wrote a check for the individual amount, WHERE"S MICHELLE'S????
    Oh, that's right, she has to wait to decide if she likes Hillary or not….certainly after BASHING her over and over, we all know the answer."

    The article that I read said that there was a check in Michelle's name for $2,300 also.

    June 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Paul

    You cannot buy Hillary voters...

    June 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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