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By my clock, Hillary Clinton was two minutes into her victory speech Tuesday night in Charleston, W.Va., when she started asking for money.
"Tonight I need your help to continue this journey," Clinton said, pointing the way, once again to HillaryClinton.com.
The money issue looms large, and may be as big a factor as any other in determining just how long Clinton stays in the fight. It’s sure to come up Wednesday afternoon during a long meeting Clinton is holding in her Georgetown home with top supporters and donors.
The campaign is some $20 million in debt. There is a staff payroll to meet, vendors to pay, and, don’t forget the $11m Clinton has loaned herself. Under a little-noticed provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, candidates who drop out of the race aren’t allowed to raise money to pay back personal loans after their party’s convention takes place. That’s a pretty tight deadline.