DNC Raising Money to Help Clinton Pay Off Debts
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 05:05:33 PM EDT
The following email from the Democratic National Committee under the signature of the party's executive director, Jen O'Malley Dillon, caught my eye this afternoon:
I wanted to pass along an exciting opportunity to stand up for an important leader in our party, Hillary Clinton.
Now she needs our help. When Hillary agreed to join President Obama's administration, she made the decision to continue her lifelong commitment to serving our country. But with that commitment came the reality that she could no longer be personally involved in paying down the debt from her historic campaign.
As someone who's been around political campaigns and candidates for quite some time, I can tell you that running for president isn't easy. It involves sacrifice, resilience, and an undying commitment to something larger than yourself.
And when President Obama and Hillary Clinton came together after a competitive primary and teamed up to take America in a new direction, they showed millions of Americans that Democrats will always unite to better our country.
Now, as she carries out the immense task of building alliances, confronting global threats, and securing America's position of leadership in the world, let's stand up and show our appreciation for her leadership and commitment to our party:
Jen O'Malley Dillon
Democratic National Committee
This almost assuredly unprecedented move (it's hard to remember a time in the past when a party committee has raised funds to retire the debt of a cabinet secretary, though if it has happened before definitely jot it down in the comment section) should thoroughly put to rest the concerns of those Hillary supporters voiced so loudly during the summer of 2008 that Barack Obama was not doing enough to thank her for getting out of the race for the Democratic nomination.
Interestingly, Clinton may already be out of debt according to The Hotline (reports the site's blog, Clinton's cash-on-hand exceeds her debts to Mark Penn's firm), so it's not entirely clear just how urgent this fundraising appeal actually is (particularly at a time after a quarter in which the DNC raised $16.85 million to the $25.3 million take of the RNC). That said, viewed in the context of today's news that the President would be hosting a fundraiser for the DSCC and the DCCC this summer, this move can be viewed as another in a long series of party building activities by Barack Obama and his political team.