July 29th, 2008
10:38 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton holds 'retirement dinner' contest

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(CNN) – No, she’s not leaving politics, but she is still trying to retire more than $25 million of campaign debt.

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Web site is advertising a contest to win a summer “retirement dinner” with the former presidential contender. The price for a chance to win is a contribution to her creditors.

“Summer is a time for simple pleasures: family vacations, baseball games, and dinner out under the stars,” Clinton’s e-mail to supporters says. “At least it is if you aren't running for president! It sure is nice having a little more time on my hands, and I'd love to spend some of it with you.”

Those interested in helping Clinton retire the debt can pay from $10 to more than $2,300 for a chance to win the dinner and “talk about whatever you’d like.” The campaign’s site doesn’t say where the winner will dine with the senator, but it mentions that round-trip transportation and the total value may run $3,000.

According to the latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission, as of June 30 Clinton is $25 million in debt, over $13 million of which is owed to herself.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Pat Riot

    Her predicament is a great illustration of how the democrats spend money. They spend us into debt and when that happens they just raise taxes to pay for their bloated social programs. Shes $25,000,000 in the hole and begging for money while Ron Paul has a $5,000,000 surplus and is holding his own convention.

    July 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Turnabout is fair play

    Keep your money, I will continue to bash Obama as long as Hillary is not on the ticket.

    July 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Fred

    I would love to sit with Hillary at dinner. It would be a good chance to talk to her about her supporters and how she can do a better job getting rid of the Puma Protesters.

    July 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Jimmy P

    Love democratic party unity! The Clinton's will still be part of NoBama's un-doing. Go McCain/Go Navy/Marine Corp!

    July 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Joe the Troll

    How many dinners would it take to pay off the national debt? Look for this idea in McCain's platform next week.

    July 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Donna

    Hey PUMA...it looks like she needs you more to help her retire her debt instead of you bashing Obama.....where are you when she REALLY needs you?

    July 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. ethelind

    aawwww. That's kind of sad!

    July 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    I would love to have dinner with her and beg her to not be Obamas running mate. To encourage her to run as an independent...

    July 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    18 million....? $1 from each supporter would go a long way. Where are they?

    July 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Krissy

    I am an Obama supporter, but I will gladly give her a few bucks if it means helping solidify the party. It is time we come together and really get things done.

    July 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. mwm

    no thanks.i'd rather go to mickey d's,alone.

    July 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. NY State of mind

    She should worry about her states debt annonced today, It's her job to fix that before worring about a mess she made for herself!

    July 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. June Is Not July

    To all the PUMA haters – her big debt payoff drives were in JULY. The numbers just released were from JUNE. The latest number don't reflect ANY of PUMA money. Her debt has been reduced greatly, these last fundraisers are to pay it off completely.

    July 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    There was a time when I would have paid to tap that if she wasn't married to Bill but now...

    July 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Cracka lova

    may wanna get your hateful femist to help you......I like Hillary ( not that much during the campaign because she lied alot) but these PUMAS will ensure that another woman will not be a candidate for 50 years ......thanks PUMAS you are really blowin it hard ........lol

    July 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    Looks like Obama should be talking to Hillary about making it a retirement dinner with the both of them. The two most recent polls show McCain is now in the lead. Rasmussen Tracking shows Obama up by just +1 and USA Today/Gallup show McCain up by +4. Don't see any bump for Obama's overseas vacation tour. Even with the press love affair with Obama, McCain is overtaking him. Even with a huge advantge in campaign contributions, Obama is losing. Go McCain!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Independent in Iowa

    Turnabout is Fair Play:

    "You tell your "supporters" to stop slamming Obama every chance they get including those "PUMA" idiots and I will actually donate $1,200 to your debt reduction Hillary"

    ...Umm... are you reading the blogs? The haters on here caused the PUMA movement.

    July 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. WendyOne

    She should write it off as a "BAD INVESTMENT"!! I thought NOBAMA was going to help her out – seems as though he has lots of money from "WHERE"? Anybody figure out where he's getting all his money yet? Rumor is a lot of it is from "OFFSHORE SOURCES"!!

    July 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Rick

    Let me get this straight....the winner gets a meal with Hillary? Good Lord, what does the loser get?

    July 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Nova from NV

    Obama supporters should not pay a penny to her and Hillary supporters should not vote for Obama. It's a free country, people should do what they like.

    July 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Tom

    I'm not PUMA... I still don't really understand what that means... But I'm not voting for Obama, and will be writing in Clinton.

    I think you will find that her debt is going down they just will not say anything about it until its almost gone so people will keep paying it...

    Anyone who said they would not like to meet Hillary Clinton is sad, I would want to sit down with any of the people who ran or are running for president it would be a great experience.

    July 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Henry n New York

    There is a video clips of a NY Times reporter that wrote a negative piece about McCain. In the video clip, after the piece was published, she was with the McCain Campaign in front of the German Shop (ha ha) for a press conference. When she raised her hand and asked a question McCain recognized her at said "does anyone else have a question". Also, there was the NBC or ABC (not sure which) interview where the editors substituted a McCain gaff for his answer to his previous question. It would appear that news organizations are being censored by McCain. If McCain receives negative press he then refuses questions and will not invite or do interviews with those organizations. As a result NO PRESS WANTS TO PRINT OR REPORT ON ANY NEGATIVE INFORMATION FROM THE McCAIN CAMPAIGN. This week there was also a study done by Politico that revealed that although Obama received more press over 40% of it was negative compared to McCain's negative press of less than 25%. The end result is that media is not fact checking statements made by McCain as they are the Obama campaign; the media are selectively choosing what information to release; and McCain is censoring by denying access to his campaign the content of the truth. I would encourage all Obama, Ron Paul and other supporters to email all news organizations to voice their opposition to McCain censorship.

    July 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Steve

    Hillary ran the debt up through bad management and poor judgement.
    She was spending money like a drunken sailor well after it was obvious she wasn't going to win. I have no sympathy for her. I do not throw good money after bad. If she were trying to get a loan from a bank with her spending and finance record, they'd show her the door.
    Let the PUMAs get her out of debt. They've pledged their loyalty to her, now let's see what their loyalty is actually worth. Talk is cheap. Hillary isn't. Get out your checkbooks all you disgruntled Hillary supporters. Show that you can do something besides throw tantrums.

    July 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Jean

    Remember McCain is using talking points provided by Hillary Clinton!!

    Why should Democrats pay for all of that????????

    July 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Russell, NC

    I have been enjoying not have to look at Hillary every time I turn the TV on.

    July 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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