April 9th, 2009
05:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton team offers American Idol tickets to backers

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(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's camp is offering up a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to her supporters: American Idol season finale tickets.

In an e-mail sent to online supporters on the former democratic presidential candidate's e-mail list serve, democratic strategist James Carville solicited donations from backers to help Clinton pay off her campaign debt.

A contribution will enter participants in a contest to win one of three prizes: a day attending events with former President Bill Clinton followed by "your own special weekend" in New York City, a lunch and political conversation in DC with Democratic political strategists James Carville and Paul Begala, or the chance to attend the American Idol season finale in Los Angeles.

"Your contribution today not only gives you the chance at winning one of these fantastic prizes – it'll also help our dear friend, Hillary Clinton, pay off the very last of her campaign debt," Carville appeals in the e-mail.

Upon suspending her campaign in June 2008, Clinton's debt peaked at $25.2 million, but has since dropped to less than $6 million.

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  1. ruth

    Come on Hillary. You got millions for your book deal.Bill has many, many millions tucked away. Stop begging and pay your own way.

    April 9, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    All politicians that campaigned have debts to pay off and all use different methods of soliciting funds. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or of another party it's a freedom of choice to contribute or not contribute.

    April 9, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. JC

    I've got a lot of college debt that needs paid off. Who wants to donate money to me?

    April 9, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Shirley In California

    I'm sure she still has a few stolen items from her WH years. Why doesn't she just sell those? Besides, who would want to see American Idol over age 30?

    Most companies run background checks on their employees BEFORE hiring them. I guess the WH is not too concerned about people owing big amounts of money these days.

    April 9, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Wally

    How utterly tasteless...is there no sense of shame...?
    You got the bucks woman, pay off your debt.

    April 9, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. smarter than Dems

    Sounds like Hillary is BUYING VOTES

    April 9, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Brent

    Wow, this woman has no self respect whatsoever. Show a little backbone, Hillary, and pay off your own debt. Last we heard you and your dear husband had a personal bank account worth over a hundred $ million dollars... and you expect us to cough up OUR money to cover the cost of your OWN self interests... all so that we might win tickets to an American Idol concert!? Sorry, Hillary, but some of us DO have a little self respect.
    Brent Ducharme

    April 9, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Kim

    ALL the gop losers are still in debt too and also asking for money, so please right wing whiners get a grip. Whats the gop giving away, limpball pictures? Losers are always fun to listen to...

    April 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I think it's a clever idea. Something that a lot of people would love to have. Only the Republican thugs could make it bad, or Obama's fault!

    April 9, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. No Incumbents 2010

    What a great idea! The Clinton's have done their homework. What liberal would not be interested in American Idol season finale tickets?
    Just look who they voted into office.

    April 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. dittohead using forty names

    I would rather see a redneck republican pull the wings off flies.

    April 9, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama had donated obsence amounts of money during the primary – amounts that should have been distributed back into the citizens. Instead he used the amount to brag. I will be donating more money to Hillary who was treated poorly by the media and Obama – remember "your likable enough" or whatever patronizing thing he said.

    April 9, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. sue in rural texas

    i would love the opportunity to speak to pres clinton, it's an auction folks, you do not have to participate... i am a middle, sometimes more left person, i am an independent that voted for a democrat this time.
    all i want is term limits and for our "SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE" to have term limits, no special retirement just s.s. like the rest of us. i really don't have any problem with this lottery thing, if you don't like it then quiet frankly do not participate.
    i want to send a message – no one should be a "career" congress member. it's very much like jim jones, he started out pure and then was very quickly seduced by $, drugs and women. NEVER put all your faith in any human. they will screw you every time (not personal, just political)
    so a little tolerance is necessary, for all the disappointed people, pls try to remember – there is nothing that you can do by always thinking fear, fear, fear. i used to be that way, but i am telling you anything you want for another will come back to you. so, be good to yourselves, think good and be extremely rewarded. i am sending all of you love and wonder

    April 9, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. more tax cheat benefits

    Look if we were all tax cheats we could do tis too, but some of us have more integrity than the Obama administtration.

    April 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. 4 and No More

    I'd rather buy a raffle ticket to hang out with Condoleeza for a day. At least there would be intelligent conversation to look forward to.

    April 9, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. NC

    wake up America............we need to get back to taking care of the real issues, and not the democrats agenda, which is spend , spend ,and more spend...............VOTE REPUBLICAN IN 2010 AND 2012............lets get a president who really knows the job, and isn't just having fun at the tax payers expense..............

    April 9, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Jason L

    I dont like American Idol or Clinton.
    Instead of thinking of some crapy drawing, how about your offer someone a JOB!

    April 9, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. P. Y.

    Hey, no one is forced to donate. If that is what you want to do, good luck. Same thing as buying a lottery ticket.
    Why does this bother the Repugs so much ? Just another thing to whine about.

    April 9, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. ray ray

    I would pay off Hillary's debt if they would drop Kara Dioguarid!!

    April 9, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Help Hillary retire her debt....

    She's a multi-millionaire and you're struggling to pay your bills, but still they want you to pay off her debts? Do you like this deal???
    Do they have nerve or what????

    April 9, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Joyce Lewis

    You are one of the best "Secretary Of State" this country ever had, and I want you to runs for President in 2012 or 2016. If you are doing this good as "Secretary of State", I know you will do a DARN good job as "President". I want you to know you are doing an "EXCELLENT" job, and keep it up.

    You Go Girl!

    Joyce L.

    April 9, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. indy

    Well, I guess this could be seen as desperate. Now that she's not running for office any more, I think it will get harder and harder for her to get donations. I guess President Obama wasn't persuasive enough to get his supporters to pay off her debt. Maybe she can get a tax credit for it.

    April 9, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Isn't that illegal??

    April 9, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. S Callaha

    This explains why CNN had the wierd American Idol article the other day....(whose the best?).........

    The middle of the three could be quite a journey though, especially with James.....but gee..
    the state of New York is getting ready to lay off over 9000 people so I think people will most likely sit tight on their monies.

    April 9, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. m cella

    First of all, if you're going to make fun, get your grammar straight. Hillary is class – our new Madeline Albright. I pledge and will send my donation tomorrow. WE LOVE YOU HILLARY!

    April 9, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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