Obama Reaches Out To Clinton Donors
by Todd Beeton, Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 02:14:49 AM EDT
Despite clear signs that Clinton supporters are shifting to Obama without much trouble, the Obama campaign is doing a full court press to win over stragglers, particularly donors. To that end, this strikes me as a very smart move:
Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will help pay off Hillary Rodham Clinton's more than $20 million debt, personally writing a check in a gesture meant to win over her top financial backers.
Obama's true value to Clinton is mobilizing his list to help her pay off her debt, but as a symbolic gesture of his commitment to helping Hillary, Barack delivered a check to Hillary Clinton in the amount of $4,600 representing the max contribution by both him and Michelle to Hillary's campaign.
And in his meeting with more than 200 of Clinton's largest donors and fundraisers, the gesture went over very well.
Obama received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 200 when he said he would enlist his supporters to help pay off her debt.
"I'm going to need Hillary by my side campaigning during his election, and I'm going to need all of you," Obama said, according to a report written by the only reporter allowed into the event and shared with other reporters afterward. He recounted how he had told his top fundraisers this week "to get out their checkbooks and start working to make sure Senator Clinton -- the debt that's out there needs to be taken care of."
Wisely, Hillary Clinton has announced that she won't seek assistance paying off the $12 million in debt that she personally loaned her campaign.