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Obama Still Not Helping Hillary

Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 12:20 PM

By Jim Meyers

Members of the Hillary Clinton camp are “disappointed” that Barack Obama has not followed through on promises to help retire Hillary’s campaign debt — despite the support Hillary and Bill Clinton gave him during the campaign.

Hillary headlined some three dozen rallies and fundraisers after Obama was officially nominated, and Bill hosted about 20 events for Obama, according to Politico.com. The Clintons' activities in support of Obama were remarkable, considering how little Ronald Reagan and Ted Kennedy did for their party’s nominees in ’76 and ’80.

“Yet a half-dozen Clinton insiders told Politico they are disappointed that Obama’s vaunted fundraising operation hasn’t reciprocated by planning new events or an Internet campaign to help Clinton pay off the $7.9 million she owes to vendors,” Politico reports.

Clinton has written off the $13 million she loaned her campaign, according to aides.

Obama had reportedly vowed to help Hillary raise funds this fall and urged some top backers to donate to her campaign, but Clinton remains awash in debt.

One Clinton aide told Politico about the Obama camp: “There’s just not a lot of expectation they are going to lift a finger for us.”

But a former Clinton fundraiser said: “In a few months, when he’s really struggling, he’ll come to her for support. That’s when she should ask him for money.”

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