December 30th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Returned Kennedy donation explained

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kennedy donated to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Caroline Kennedy’s $2,300 donation to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was not returned because of her decision to endorse Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, a Clinton aide told CNN — it was sent back because the New York senator’s loss meant she would not be able to keep funds that had been contributed for her general election campaign.

The return was first reported Monday by the New York Post’s Page Six. Information available on confirms that a donation to Clinton from Kennedy was returned in August of this year, but does not provide any reason that the $2,300 was returned. Information available from the Web site of the Federal Election Commission shows that Kennedy donated the legal maximum of $4,600 to Clinton in June 2007 in two separate donations of $2,300 each.

Individual donors are limited to $2,300 to support a candidate’s primary run, and $2,300 to support a general election run for the White House.

A spokesman and adviser to Sen. Clinton informed CNN that Kennedy was one of approximately 8,000 donors who all had their contributions for Clinton’s general election bid returned on the same day four months ago.

Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • FEC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Chris in Va.

    Caroilne Kennedy is the Democratic version of Sarah Palin.

    December 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Media Bias against Democrats

    Joe the plumber didn't pay taxes. But according to the Republicans and the Media he is a normal American. Come on get a job!

    December 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Kennedy backed Obama but wants Hillary's seat in the senate!Entitlement really is blind.

    December 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Emma from Texas

    I supported Obama since the beginning and when Obama won in June, he asked us to help Hillary pay her debt. So, I donated to Hillary. So, what's the big deal??? I would love to see Caroline Kennedy become the next senator of New York. She will be a great senator. God bless her!

    December 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Geri

    I just read the article again and where does it say she donated the same to Obama. Think Uncle Teddy had a big hand in getting her to support Obama.

    December 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Lauren

    Hey setys,

    If Caroline is so qualified to be senator,,, why will she ONLY take the position if APPOINTED to it?????

    She has openly said she will not run a full fledged campaign to get the job. In others words,,, she is saying,, I am entitled, I am special, I am a Kennedy, give me what I want so I will not have to WORK for it.

    People SLAMMED Palin for her grammer, her speech, and her You bethcas,,,,,,,

    I betcha they rank just a bit lower than Carolines you knows,,,,,,,,,,,,

    December 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Sue

    Why does everyone keep calling her Caroline Kennedy? Isn't she Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg?

    December 30, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. jaye

    Caroline Kennedy will be an excellent senator – and I hope she is chosen.

    December 30, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. yellow dog democrat

    You know this is not a very good topic – but hopefully the NY Governor will appoint the most qualified person for the "Clinton Senatorial Seat".....

    NY folks should know who would be good for NY in the Senate.....the rest of us are just sitting in the peanut gallery throwing popcorn at the politicians....

    December 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    December 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. @Lauren

    True, Kennedy has 0 experience. But i'd rather have her over that nut Falin. She has no idea about american culture, Kennedy does, her father was a part of it being the youngest president.

    Palin can't answer a question such as: "What newspapers do you read?" – Katie Couric. And yet her stupid fans blame it on Couric because PALIN messed up. Everyone has to be corrupt, because they have more experience than the newbies. Was her daugher TRIPPIN when she named her son? How about her drug-felon mother-in-law?

    December 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. HA! HA!

    TO–Chris in Va. December 30th, 2008 7:41 pm ET
    Caroilne Kennedy is the Democratic version of Sarah Palin
    ***only difference Caroline is a well educated poodle and little bashful and Sarah is a pitbull and a walking time bomb will say or do anyything for attention ****

    December 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Just who does who does Little Miss Caroline thinks she is, Just because she's a Kennedy she knows everything. She needs to stay in NY, she's not needed in Washington. for sure,for sure.

    December 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Uncle Tom

    How come all the media always refers to her as Kennedy? I thought her name was Schlossberg. I guess the media wants to continue to support the Camelot image for someone so barely involved in the political process she forgot to vote for 16 years. Yes, she is about as qualified as my little finger (or middle).

    December 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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