Clinton Campaign Still Hustling to Retire Debt
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign is still trying to raise money to pay off old debts.
James Carville, the Democratic strategist and longtime Clinton supporter, today sent out a request for funds on behalf of Hillary Clinton for President. For a contribution of $5 or more, Carville writes that donors will be entered to win one of three fabulous prizes: A day with former President Bill Clinton, lunch and a tour of Washington with Carville and Paul Begala OR a trip to Los Angeles to attend the taping of the “American Idol” finale! (Wow, apparently being a member of the Obama administration does give you some connections in Hollywood.)
In December, after Clinton was nominated for secretary of state, the issue of how Clinton could legally raise funds to pay off her campaign debt arose because federal law barred Clinton from raising money once she became a member of the Obama administration. Massie Ritsch, communications director for the all-things-money-and-politics watchdog Center for Responsive Politics, said solicitations from the campaign are allowed as long as they do not come directly from Clinton — hence this one came from Carville.
Here’s the e-mail: