December 2nd, 2008
03:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton nomination sets off fundraising opportunities

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bill Clinton is seeking cash off his wife's new position."](CNN) - One day after Sen. Hillary Clinton was formally nominated to be the next secretary of state, her husband sent a message to supporters seeking cash to help alleviate the former presidential candidate's campaign debts.

"This nomination would not have been possible without the hard work of everyone like you who has supported Hillary throughout the years," former President Bill Clinton wrote in the e-mail sent Tuesday. "I know I speak for her when I say thank you for everything you have done for her."

The message, which also asks supporters to write notes of congratulations to Clinton, features a big "Contribute" link below the text.

Sources told CNN last month Clinton's campaign debt is roughly $7 million - down from the more than $20 million she owed last summer.

The fundraising e-mail comes hours after former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe sent out an e-mail of his own touting the president-elect’s new national security team - including Clinton - and seeking cash for the transition fund.

"While the challenges they are sure to face will be great, the opportunities to unify our country and our world will be even greater," Plouffe wrote. "With your support, we'll meet those challenges and opportunities with the hope and optimism that has brought us to this moment of change."

Obama received over $6 million from government funds for his transition effort, but is seeking millions more in private donations.

soundoff (74 Responses)



    December 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. RH from OH

    so her campain is 24M in debt, yet she made 105M last year.

    ...They should pair her up with the auto execs...

    December 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Desert Storm Vet

    With the money the government is throwing around on bail outs, We the PEOPLE could have already brought the economy back around.
    Billions and Trillions of dollars handed to people who have failed already. Wake up America!
    First it was fear of terrorism that helped us swallow the "Patriot Act" Now we will be scared into thinking the economy is so bad we need to give up some other freedom. We are pawns in this – no one is listening anymore.
    "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. "
    Benjamin Franklin

    December 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I guess "pay it forward" doesn't work in the real world.

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Rockford

    Ahhh... Change we can believe in...


    December 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. indi

    It is like: "Now that I have power, send in your money and buy your privilege." Amazing! This is no difference than selling the overnight stay in the White house.

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. beckster


    December 2, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Do you know what you are talking about?

    If you know anything about campaign finance you know she cannot "pay off" the campaign debt herself because that would count as a personal contribution exceeding the legal limit to one candidate. Anyway I think (99% sure) I heard at one point that she loaned her personal funds to the campaign to keep it going when she was fighting for Florida and Michigan's votes to be counted in the primary. In that case, she can't cancel the campaign's debt to her because of the aformentioned campaign donation restrictions.

    If you don't want to contribute, don't. But it is ridiculous to think this is any different than what loads of other candidates do, they take out loans banking on the chances of future success and the forecast of the resulting future donations.

    The Clintons would be criticized if they smiled at the worng person...and the witch hunt gets old!

    December 2, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. KD

    I received this email and the "big" contribution link you speak of in your blog is actually rather small....

    Gotta love the spin here.

    December 2, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. ck

    Yeah, real change coming!!


    December 2, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Leave it to Bill to try to turn Hillary's nomination into a payday. This isn't going to hurt Clinton Corp. one bit. Bill will probably get more for speaking engagements.

    December 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. DeVone

    people stop winning do or donot and for thouse who will God bless
    them and for the person who said we can feed and cloth others, TRUE
    and I hope you keep your word
    negitivity is not in Gods plan and if youu dont believe live with it

    December 2, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Tom in Delaware

    And those donations will go to pay off the money she loaned her own campaign that she stayed in after it was mathematically impossible for her to secure the nomination....after all, why should she be responsible for it if you're going to pay it for her.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    December 2, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Anna, ATL

    Finally, someone has a brain on this site.
    Thanks, Do You Know

    First for knowing what you are talking about, and second for explaining Campaign Finance to some of these people.

    December 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Anna, ATL

    Get a grip, Tom.
    Jabs on the sniper story has run its course. Its not funny. It never was.

    A First Lady getting blasted by bullets in the 90s probably would have made the news big back then. Some of us would have remembered.

    Woe be to hillary that the American public isn't witty enough to recognize a joke when they hear one.

    But one of the hardest working Senators since 2000 isnt qualified to some of these witless people. Big deal.

    December 2, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Briana the college student

    Dave, Illinois

    the president elect shield doesn't cost tons of money. I could make a shield like that in photoshop for free.

    stop being a hater

    December 2, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. danielB

    So wait, $6 million isn't enough to put your cabinet together? Why should Obama stop asking for money when people literally gave him their first born during the campaign? I don't see how people could think that this a smart man when he's spent millions and hasn't done anything for ANY of us yet!! Maybe he should donate his royalties from his books of lies!

    December 2, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    Do You Know What You Are Talking About,

    Thank you very much! 🙂

    December 2, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. marla

    lets stop talking about the clint ons, and let these people do there jobs and you do yours and if you had been listing today you would have heard that your gov. should have been doing his job,,, like i have always lets get after these guys some gals.

    December 2, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Fred from San Jose

    No wonder we are in a recession. Presidential campaign is over and no more free spending....

    December 2, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Rob

    What was Hillary's salary from the campaign anyway ?

    Want real change in politics ?
    Stop letting canidates pay themselves from campaign funds.

    December 2, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Sara from Arizona

    Like a bad dream, the Clintons just will not go away. Tom, could not agree with you more. I can't think of anyone worse for SOS than her highness Hillary.

    December 2, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. bill for barack

    Somebody wanna tell Bill it's time for a long winter's nap ?
    Like maybe 8 years' worth ?

    December 2, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. J Robinson

    Clinton as SOS is the best way to keep her at a distance. She can go prancing around the world stage, but her role will be largely ceremonial since Obama will be a strong and decisive leader, unlike Bill Clinton who let Maddie Albright set his foreign policy. If Hillary expects to pull that, I think she will come up short.

    December 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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