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. SIMP


    You have a lot of hot air about Obama why don't you use some of that hot air to help hillary raise money? Hillary won't be on the ticket so you might as well help her get some of her money back, by doing fund raisers for her. It's over for her and all you hateful remarks about Obama won't change that.


    July 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Cyrus - NY

    $3,000 for a dinner? Holy crap!! I mean, Madam Senator, I am a big supporter of you and all, but if I have to spend $3K on a dinner, I am going to have to expect more than just policy talk. Sorry, that's just the way it works.

    July 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. People make no sense

    Yet again this proves that Hillary didn't have 18 million supporters, only operation chaos republicans causing havoc!!!! You people are so funny – yes you 1 million Clinton loyalist.

    July 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Sherry, Atlanta

    And just where does she think this money is coming from? Bill signed NAFTA, Bush signed FREE TRADE, and McCain wants to stay in IRAQ indefinitely (that's costing Billions-A-Month)...DO THE MATH!

    July 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. former republican white man from california for Obama


    I will donate 5 bucks so you can go buy a clue! Hillary is a tough old bird that has bigger balls than Bill ever dreamed of for you to come on here and play the oh she just a poor women bit is really tired an old. I get tired of all these idiots screaming sexism! the candidate herself compared herself to rocky balboa! I mean if a lesbian goes and shaves her hair and grows a beard calling her a Lesbian is not a bad thing it is just the truth! Hillary dug this hole all on her own and now she can find her own way out and all these oh poor hillary babies grow up! There was nothing sexist no more than racist in this campaign. There has been nothing but respect for the women on the side of Sen Obama even when alot of his supporters did not like here. There was alot of us democrats that never liked the Clinton's either one!

    July 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Adam

    I have no problems with a woman as president at all. I just don't think that Hillary Clinton would be a wise choice for that role. I also think that counting her own $13 million into her total owed investor debt is ridiculous since that was a personal loan of her own money to herself. She really only needs to pay back $12 million in debt, the rest is her own money which she owes to no one. It is reported officially to the FEC, but is not owed and therefore should not be touted like it is part of this huge $25 million debt she owes. The fact that nearly 2 months after the election her debt is STILL at $25 million makes me question the loyalty of her 18 million voters. If every single one of them donated $1.39 (one dollar and 39 cents) her entire $25 million would be retired. Apparently no one is donating at all.

    July 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Cyrus - NY

    Susie, when did Mrs. Obama say that she would not vote for Senator Clinton if she were the presidential campaign? Where do you get your news from? The tabloids? Or just make things up as you go?

    Stupid, uninformed people like you make this country a very dangerous place to live in.

    July 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. 1paperclip

    Apparently, all the Clinton supporters are either donating to Obama or McCain now. Too bad that that Obamas lip service to have his supporters help retire her debt was just that- lip service. Just like his policies will be if he manages to get into office. All pretty words with no substance.

    July 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. SADDAM H.

    Sen. Clinton don't accept the VP post if offered by Bary Husein. Just prepare urself in the next presidential election.

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Unity!!!!

    There is so much hate with Dems supporters on both sides namely the HRC supporters and PUMA It is not too Late ...Unity is the only WAY.Please Stop NOW!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Ms. RDS

    @ Charlotte....you like your candidate need to learn the rules...she can't run as an independent b/c she participated in the democratic primaries. Move on your candidate did.

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Jan Illinois

    Good Luck Hillary, It would be great to have dinner with you any time.

    July 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Mike, TX

    Guess that Obama isn't really keeping his word to Hillary after all. One more white lady thrown under the bus. Hillary can say hi to Obama's mother there.

    July 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Marilyn

    I don't care about Hillary and her debt. But the fact that Obama is the nominee, and not Hillary, means I will not be voting for a Democrat for president this year. This will be a first for me. I just have to decide whether to vote for McCain, leave the presidential box blank and vote a straight democratic ticket otherwise, or just stay at home.

    July 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. CLEAN

    STUPID PERSON On Board!!! July 29th, 2008 1:33 pm ET

    To Lisa ………..if you contribute as much as you open your stupid Mouth it would help …..in other words put your money where your brain is…IDIOT!!!!


    This actually got me laughing, "...put your money where your brain is..." I really don't think you should be calling anyone an idiot... why did you capitalize "Mouth" again?

    July 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. PUMA NOT

    If the PUMA's are more than 1 million strong then if they all give 10.00 that will settle more than half her debt... ohhh wait, now that would only work if there were really 1 million PUMA's, not 1 person couning herself a million times.


    So no to Obamabots and Billary's

    July 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Barack the Vote in RI

    To Lisa and all the rest of you ex HRC supporters/PUMA girls /closet racists......she's obviously still in debt otherwise your queen wouldn't still be begging for money (dinner with her?????? how pathetic).

    Instead of bashing Obama out of pure jealousy (as Bush Sr. plainly put it).....put your money where your mouth is.

    jack arses.

    July 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. marianna

    Just a short message would envigorate dem electorate:

    Clinton/Clark 08

    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |


    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Biffington, Biff

    $25 million???? STILL????


    the question that keeps on asking.......

    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Peggy - TX

    This is Lisa:

    Wa!! Wa!! Wa!! … I know I sound like a fool … but I love Hillary. I just can’t live without Hillary. I quit school to help her win the white house and now I have no life. I hate Obama. That bad man ruined my plans… Wa! Wa!! Wa!!!.

    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. AdamW

    Maybe I should ask to have a retirement party so I can retire my overpriced mortgage. Oh wait, what do people say? It's my own fault. Well...her debt is her own fault and she should pay for it herself and stopping begging. of course it is ok for her to owe millions but when I have trouble paying a 180k mortgage because I was laid off...well..all of a sudden I am looked at like a degenerate.

    July 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    To stupid person on board!!

    You are the only stupid on on this blog. Obama is going down!! I can't wait to see this happen. This election is for him to win or lose and he will lose it with all you morons who worship him.

    McCain 08

    July 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    If ONLY she would retire!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. 1paperclip

    PErsonnally, I think Obama can have all his black supporters that are still criticising Clinton. They say that she threw them under the bus. I think it is them that threw her under the bus because her skin isn't black. I hope they get what they deserve. They certainly don't deserve the support from Clinton supporters. We ponyed up for Obama with the promise that they would pony up and help Clinton and it never happened. All they can do is criticise Clinton even though she has been helping oreo get money for his campaign. This negativity is getting me to think McCain is a better choice for President with every foul nasty oreo supporter. I can only shake my head at how stupid they are. The race isn't over boys. Don't get over confident. I will never support black rights for anything after this. They can all go back where they came from and bask in the hell that is Africa.

    July 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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