Hillary, Obama Make Big Payoffs to Superdelegates

Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 05:37 PM

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Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are letting their wallets do the talking when it comes to wooing superdelegates, a new study reveals.

"While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials serving as superdelegates have received about $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years," the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported, according to the Boston Globe.

There are about 800 superdelegates -- elected officials, party leaders, and others -- who are expected to play a key role in determining which candidate wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Center for Responsive Politics says Obama's PAC has contributed more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005. Clinton's political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates.

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