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The Clinton (Campaign) Gift Registry


By Matthew Mosk
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has not been shy about using gimmicks to try and nudge supporters into donating money online. There have been musical contests, and offers to let donors watch a debate with the former president or hit the road with daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Now comes the latest effort -- a fundraising page that lets donors choose where their money will be spent. The effort, called "MyPA" resembles a wedding gift registry, only Clinton backers will choose to direct money to yard signs, van rentals, radio ads or door hangers.

Clinton planned to e-mail supporters about the new option, telling them "starting today, you can decide just how your contributions will help us win Pennsylvania."

The campaign launches the effort in a bid to close the online fundraising gap that has helped Sen. Barack Obama maintain a significant fundraising edge, as reported in The Post this morning. While Obama raised more than $1 million a day over the internet, Clinton's pace has slowed since February. Supporters estimated her online take has been hovering around $500,000 per day.

Mac Cummings, the Clinton campaign's senior online finance adviser, called the "MyPA" page "a unique program that will further empower our grass-roots supporters."

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 4, 2008; 11:35 AM ET
 
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TAH1,

Let there be light on your commentary....this is about Clinton's Registry and gimmicks to get more campaign funds, so please don't shove to anyone who is not even an Obama supporter about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. You are barking at the wrong tree, boy.

Clintonistas, as it is already known all over, cannot manage her finances well. Not only do they have debts in Ohio but in NY and Texas as well during past state campagin sorties. NOW, she is asking people to donate...it has just been more so creative, like the ride with Chelsea.....her camp has been imitating Mr. Obama's dinner drive lottery.

You can say a lot about Rev. Wright sowhy don't you point your gun at Mr. Mark Penn, Hillary's chief strategist instead of barking stealthily on past issues. Or maybe you haven't read the newest papers and issues but was fixated on Mr. Wright.
Holy Cow, TAH, some are really petty, like you, Penn and Hillary.

No wonder there's been a deathwatch on her candidacy, if you haven't heard? The Phoenix cannot rise again, her tongue has been cut off so lying so often.

What's new, anyway?

Posted by: maxa143 | April 5, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Is there a place to contribute and ask HRC to either shut up or tell the truth?

Posted by: emedina | April 5, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

DON'T BE DUPED !!!

Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And because they feel that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket would be unbeatable. And also because with a Clinton and Obama ticket you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. "Carpe diem" (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see's a beautiful world of plenty for all. She is a woman, and a mother. And it's time America. Do this for your-selves, and your children's future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been OUT MANNED! OUT GUNNED! and OUT SPENT! 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. I suggest a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

I think Barack Obama has a once in a life time chance to make the ultimate historic gesture for unity, and change in America by accepting Hillary Clinton's offer as running mate. Such an act now would for ever seal Barack Obama's place at the top of the list of Americas all time great leaders, and unifiers for all of history.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton's. Only the Clinton's are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

"This is not a game" (Hillary Clinton)

Sincerely

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | April 4, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | April 4, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like the author is crying sour grapes because Democrats are able to raise money rivaling big business. Jeremiah Wright has a right to criticize from his pulpit just as Clinton has a right to raise money any way that she sees fit. This sounds like a bunch of Republicans that are going to gripe and complain about every made up fantasy that they ever had. Now rememeber about what your mother told you about sticks and stones. I have never heard a bunch of so called grownups groveling in the dirt and snivelling about any democrat they can think of. Don't you people have any pride or will you do anything for a buck. I just hope that the Democrat that wins this race is able to undo all the damage that Bush has done to the Americans in this country, especially the ones who made this country strong - the working class and middle class people. If I were you I wouldn't worry about what somebody's preacher is saying, you better start minding what you say!

Posted by: builder7 | April 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Question: how is Ms. Clinton's campaign going to be held accountable for the contributions of her online supporters spent exactly as pledged?

Are they going to publish a list with the campaign expenses and the name of each supporters to that line budget so people can check that their contributions were spent as requested?

Money is fungible (I hope Hillary's supporters know what the concept of fungibility of money means!). Earmarking limits your options, but not if you still have extra money in your coffers (and she does).

This is not empowering people as they claim; this treating people as stupid. Should we all contribute towards street signs and no money to fly her campaign plane or pay her staffers?

Posted by: SVORR | April 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering if Clinton's supporters really mean when they use the word "disinfranching" voters in Michigan and Florida. Do they acutalize think that you won't be doing that those the many millions that didn't vote because their vote wasn't going to be counter, but would've voted otherwise if the candidate of choice was in the ballot (Michigan) or had had a chance to introduce him/herself through active campaigning (Florida).

Unbelievable that people blame Obama for what Ms. Clinton agreed to in 2007 in her words, disinfranchising those voters in Florida and Michigan.

Good luck to Ms. Clinton's supporters. You luck enough brain matter to make a choice, more so, if you claim she deserves it because she is a woman (uh, just more old style feminists, as if the rest of us women need them.

Posted by: SVORR | April 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This icks me out because it takes the really excellent model of a site like donorschoose.org and puts it toward, well, Hillary Clinton's notoriously poorly managed campaign. I mean, if I were a Clinton donor, and I *really* got to say where my dollars went, I would want to "register" for "making sure small vendors get paid in a timely fashion, because I actually know what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck and the whole reason I'm a Democrat is to support candidates who support working class values." But since that's NOT an option, I can only assume that paying people is still not tops on Clinton's priority list. I mean, sure, I guess that little line item for campaign staff health care costs is figured in somewhere, but I guess it's not as important as door hangers.

And while we're on the topic of Clinton finances, haven't we been promised about 50 times that today was the drop dead date for Hillary's tax returns release? Where's that story, WaPo?

Posted by: libelian | April 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

yeah, it reminded me of the Clintons looting the White House and setting up a gift registry for their house in New York.

These are people with a net worth of about $50 million. How tacky is that?

They have shown that they already have amassed too much power. What Carville said in the open about Richardson is just the tip of the iceberg.

And thanks to the post with the story about Wright.

Wright actually works to do some of the things that Clinton supporters say they want, and yet they're eager to pile on with the character assassinations just because they think it'll help their candidate. Real classy.

Posted by: smoon | April 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Top 10 reasons why I want to be President
By Hillary Clinton

10. I can mis-speak and mis-hear as much as I want.

9. Re-firing the White House Travel Office staff.

8. Love that White House china and silverware.

7. Now I'll never have to release those pesky tax returns.

6. Increasing the rent on the Lincoln bedroom.

5. The curved walls in the Oval Office have a slimming effect.

4. Nice neighborhood. Don't have to worry about sniper fire.

3. Do you know how much pardons are going for these days?

2. Building a Presidential Library even nicer than Bill's.

And the number one reason for Hillary Clinton wanting to be President:

Having an affair with an intern of my own.

Posted by: OhYeahBabe | April 4, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Now that all of their fatcat donors have maxxed out, the Clintons are forced to see that there is strength in the democratic process. All of Obama's small donors, all million and a half of us, will see that his campaign is not short of cash.

I was touched to hear a funeral announcement which requested donations to the Obama campaign in lieu of flowers.

Posted by: elenareece | April 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

To me, this sounds like she has turned a fundraiser into a sweepstakes... And these are under very tight controls, especially in relation to the Internet. I wonder, if the Feds would be interested in this.

( Not that it would surprise anyone, that the Clintons were doing something illegal again, but still... )

Posted by: wolfi101 | April 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess beggards CAN be choosers!!! Haa!

Posted by: jencm | April 4, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Cute idea but don't think she should have done it. It brings up some bad connotations with her history.


When I first saw the headline I immediately remembered how she and Bill registered for items for their new house in New York before she entered the Senate. It seemed a little unseemly then and only reminded me of it now.

Posted by: twb6yz | April 4, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

To TAH1,

I've never really felt this way before but it is clear by your ignorance that you don't understand America or the issues it faces. Your support for Clinton is guided by something, probably gender, but not much else. My feeling about your vote in November is, do what you want. I frankly don't think Obama needs your ignorance in his camp. Either vote for loser Nader, or 100 year war McCain, or don't vote. Who cares?

Posted by: DeboG | April 4, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

uhhh.. African Americans are the "majority voting block"

Posted by: jkallen001 | April 4, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

hahah.. keep spewing misinformation you simpleton. MOST of us can think on our own but by all means keep blowing hot air.

Posted by: jkallen001 | April 4, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

In response to jkallen001 post, THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW.

Jeremiah Wright is no patriot. Wright's racist, anti-American, anti-white, anti-semitic, pro-Farakhaan, nation of islam, black supremecy, claims that the "U.S.Govt created AIDS to kill black people" angry diatribes are most certainly not "patriotic", at least not patriotic toward America!

Wrights hate filled "sermons" are self fulfulling prophecies in a community that deserves a much better "message" than his.
If Wright & the new "pastor" Moss who is just as bad as Wright are typical of "sermons" in black churches (and I do not believe they are) then we have a larger problem as a country than we think.On this day, what would MLK think about WRight & Moss?????


One must ask why did Barack Obama choose THIS church in the first place? There are many, many other mainstream choices in Chicago he could have chosen. Why does Obama call THIS man (Wright) his mentor?

What kind of man, what kind of father would subject his own part white children to the racist, anti-white, anti-semitic, anti-American diatribes in a "church"???

Obama lacks the proper character and judgment to be President, VP or even a U.S. Senator.

Obama's attempts to disenfranchise voters in Michigan and Florida are disgraceful and the Dem party should not be allowed to disenfranchise voters. On this day, what must Dr. King think about that?????

The Democratic Party would be wise to remember that white women are the majority voting block in the party and WE WANT HILLARY! Defeat in November for the Dems will be the price to pay if the party attempts to shove Obama down our throats.

**VOTE SMART!! VOTE HILLARY!!**

Posted by: TAH1 | April 4, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F. Kennedy's challenge to, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," gave up his student deferment, left college in Virginia and voluntarily joined the Marines.
In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines, volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.) The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the Navy's premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the commander in chief's medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson after his 1966 surgery. For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded him three letters of commendation. What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not many years after the two branches began to become integrated. While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/sailor, received five deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for being a prospective father. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until 1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections. Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system? Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely talk about their love of the country? After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America's biggest cities. This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retiring pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who has been in the news for comments he made over the last three decades. Since these comments became public we have heard criticisms, condemnations, denouncements and rejections of his comments and him. We've seen on television, in a seemingly endless loop, sound bites of a select few of Rev. Wright's many sermons. Some of the Wright's comments are inexcusable and inappropriate and should be condemned, but in calling him "unpatriotic," let us not forget that this is a man who gave up six of the most productive years of his life to serve his country. How many of Wright's detractors, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly to name but a few, volunteered for service, and did so under the often tumultuous circumstances of a newly integrated armed forces and a society in the midst of a civil rights struggle? Not many. While words do count, so do actions. Let us not forget that, for whatever Rev. Wright may have said over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his patriotism.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-oped0404wrightapr03,0,92000.story

Posted by: jkallen001 | April 4, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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