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Hillary Makes Web TV Pitch for Donations

By Jim Meyer   |   Monday, 23 Jun 2008 05:06 PM

While Hillary Clinton is officially out of the Democratic race, she is still seeking donations to help to pay off what is believed to be the largest presidential campaign debt in history.

In an e-mail to supporters, Clinton states: “You have been such an inspiration to me during this campaign — your commitment and your boundless enthusiasm made everything we accomplished in the last 17 months possible. So as I continue to make sure your voices are heard, I wanted to say a special thank you for all the hard work you did on my behalf.”

The e-mail instructs recipients to “click here to watch my video message to you.” And in that video Hillary says in part: “Today, I still need your help, so I hope that you will continue to stand with me and support me by going back to Hillary Clinton dot com.”

Next to the video image, the written message is: “You and Hillary can write the next chapter of America's history together. By helping us pay off our campaign debt, you're not just helping Hillary elect a Democratic president and grow our majority in Congress. You're making it possible for her to work as hard as she can on the issues we care about.”

A large red “Contribute” button is underneath the message.

As Newsmax reported earlier, Clinton had about $9.5 million in unpaid bills to creditors at the end of April, in addition to the $11.4 million of her own money that she lent her campaign.

The debt now stands at more than $22 million, according to the New York Daily News.

One option that has been discussed is for Barack Obama to urge his fundraising team to help Clinton with a series of joint events, The New York Times has reported.

Due to campaign laws, Obama can’t simply transfer money from his campaign to Clinton, but his fundraisers could ask their contributors to donate to the Clinton campaign.

But several Obama fundraisers have told The Times that they would be reluctant to help pay off Hillary’s debts, because they are being urged to raise money for Obama’s White House run and for the cash-strapped Democratic National Committee.

Clinton has only until the Democratic convention in August to pay back the money she personally lent her campaign. After that, the most she could get back is $250,000.

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