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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soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Major MIchael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Now if she invited all of her 18 million voters and fractionated the retirement dinner into several sittings, the cost of the dinner would be $1.66 per person. Now that is not a bad deal.......even for Hillary.

    July 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Comments such as A CANUCKs are crude and tasteless. I get so tired of the, "insult only", comments on this blog. The VP choice will be the most important decision either of the candidates will make. Who they pick may well determine who will be the next POTUS. Right now the race is pretty tight, which is surprising given the current administrations rating. This is not a sure thing for either of the candidates. I would be very careful who I would choose if I were in their shoes. I personally hope Hillary is not Obamas choice, as she is too good for second place. I will write her on my ballot in November and pray she wins. If all her supporters write her name, if possible in their state, it will at the very least throw a kink in the process.

    July 29, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    Hillary aint got no debt she wants to raise money and bank it for 2012 well i can tell you know if her supporters dont support barack obama she can forget this obama supporters help in 2012 karm what goes around comes around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. FromTampa

    And she wanted to be president.. She couldn't even run a campaign... Hillary should tuck tail and hide

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Brina

    PUMA's and hard working "white" people, it's time to pay up and support your favorite person in the world.

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    Dang, it smells like PUMAs in here. Someone get some spray...

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Belle

    Your comments are vicious and inaccurate.

    Clinton has helped retire debt of her competitors, and has raised vasts amounts of money for other Democrats' campaigns. She is NOT EXPECTING anyone to retire her debt. She is asking for help from those who CHOOSE to help. I chose to because THAT is my personal choice.
    You may choose to or choose not to, which is YOUR personal choice.

    She is not expecting help to pay her personal loans, only the 10 million to other vendors.

    By the way....let's talk about the DNC....(THAT OBAMA CONTROLS)...the debt in order to participate at the convention, was first scheduled as HAD to be paid back PRiOR to the convention. But then the DNC moved it up to the end of July, THEN moved it up to July 10th. How slimy is that? Now you have to ask yourselves why Hillary supporters will have a hard time voting for Obama!

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Susan

    Good idea!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Tired of W, OH

    Come on, CNN! You need to cover this! No more free rides for McCain!

    McFlipFlop is at it again! After repeatedly saying that he would not raise taxes, McCain now says he will raise the payroll taxes if needed!

    This is HUGE because the repubs always try to scare voters by saying that the Democrats are going to raise your taxes.

    July 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Sane John

    Hillary Clinton racked up $25 million dollars in debt and lost to the new guy. She was far and away in the lead for longer then any other primary contender, but still couldn't manage to win the race. Her "experience" consisted of being a lawyer for Wal-Mart, married to a previous President, and a term and a half in the Senate. Actual elected experience? Not much more then Obama. And with all that experience and judgment, she still couldn't run her campaign and win the nomination.

    Clearly this means she must be the best choice for vice president or president. Clearly a complete inability to manage a campaign or control her finances means that if she isn't Obama's running mate we shouldn't vote for Obama. Nothing like several months of failure followed by desparate begging for cash to indicate that somebody has the experience and judgment necessary to be President, Vice-President, or City Dog-catcher.

    July 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Sweetie

    If I had a dime to spare I would spend it on McCain.

    I already spend all the extra I could to see you in Office.

    I wanted you to take it to the floor, but you gave in to someone who is not qualified or electable.

    Now I'm a McCain Democrat!

    McCain 08

    July 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter from FL

    I think that is a really nice idea! I hope her supporters will contribute and help her out.

    July 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    What goes around, comes around...

    July 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Sane John

    "Good Luck to all the Obama supporters that thinks he's going to win without Hillary on the ticket."

    What does she bring to the ticket besides experience with failing?

    July 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. obama party,not democrat party

    Foreign press are now doing the job of vetting obama, to bad cnn,ms/nbc ect has no good old American values, and lie to the American people. what a shame,

    July 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Its nice that Hillary is alot smarter and obviously alot more sane than some of her supporters are.

    July 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Mark Cross Junction VA

    She should pay us 10.00 to 2500.00 to join her for Dinner. What a fraud!!

    July 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Len in Washington

    Auctioning off her "presence."

    Her supporters should be ashamed. You urged her on, you still urge her on but you don't "support" her in this.

    "Hillary, I'm all yours! (as long as it doesn't COST me anything.)"
    -nice support- NOT!

    July 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Venus

    This is so funny that it's PATHIC! (:

    So now... where are all of those Hillary supporters now?

    Oh, Hillary would be ready on day One, oh and she is a strong leader, and oh, every one hates a woman leader, and oh, we love Hillary, and oh, we will not vote for Obama, and oh, Obama is an empty suite, and oh, we will vote for McSame...

    Yeah... so much love and support for your girl Hillary!

    Money talks baby! Yeah... you wanted Hillary to win – you voted for her but just like her... you half-stepped by not REALLY supporting!!!

    I bet a lot of those who voted for Hillary were repubicans!!!

    You ever noticed that when this blog is about giving Hillary money how some of her supporters don't show up???

    Go Bam! Show them how to do it! You did great last week!

    Obama shines...
    McSame whines...

    July 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Independent Fred

    I would gladly pay $10 for a chance to dine with Senator Clinton.

    BTW..You Obama supporters really need to give the Clinton bashing a rest. You're getting as bad as those PUMA dopes.

    This whole childish thing is getting old..the name counting and finger pointing is getting tired.

    Both camps need to grow up...what are we in highschool?

    July 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Billy. LA

    Not interested Hillary-you ran up the debt and for no good reason since you were beat anyway--you pay it off from the $100 million on your tax return.

    You;ve got a big nerve asking for money when you ran your campaign like a rookie.

    July 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Sane John

    "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"!!"

    Obama gets his money from donors like me. I'm a disabled Iraq War veteran who so far has donated $300 in $10-50 increments to Obama. Unlike Hillary, who had a small donating base of wealthy individuals who maxed out their donations of $2300 early in the campaign, and a large non-donating base of strident clanging idiots, Obama has a lot of people in the middle. Young professionals, college students, active duty and veterans, who don't max out their donations, but who give what they can when they can.

    If Obama and Clinton wanted to raise $23 million dollars, Obama would look for a million people to donate $23, while Hillary would look for ten thousand people to donate $2300. Problem is, as Hillary found out, once those ten thousand wealthy people are tapped out, there's nothing more they can give. But the Obama supporters can all donate another $23, and another, and another.

    Obama is getting his money from Americans. Americans who believe in the future and not in racism and fear and divisiveness. Get on board.

    July 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Ian

    I don't have anything against Hillary but I don't see how she should be asking for money when she made the decision to borrow it in the first place. I find it interesting that no one is really scrutenizing McCain's financing during the primaries. Didn't really seem like he played by the rules, and potentially did some illegal things in order to finance his campaign.

    July 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Sue H

    Hillary chose to continue her futile campaign knowing full well she had NO Chance of overcoming Obama's lead. She made the decision to keep spending money and bashing Obama. Now she expects Obama supporters to give her money? I don't think so, Hillary. Pay your own bills, you ran them up. You bashed Obama to the bitter end, you played the Republican playbook that's why you lost. If the shoe were on the other foot, you and your supporters would tell Obama to pound sand. You have done nothing to help Obama since your concession speech, your supporters are still whining and stating they will vote for McCain. Let's face it, Hillary would rather have McCain win so she can run again in 2012. Take a hike Hillary, you won't get a dollar from me.

    July 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Hillary's fiasco of a campaign needs donations from the folks who love her so much.

    July 29, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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