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Clinton's Continuing Debt to Mark Penn

By Matthew Mosk
Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband continued to work the campaign trail on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama this weekend, having put the bruising primary battle behind them.

But efforts by Sen. Obama's fundraisers to help retire the $22 million in campaign debt that Clinton piled up during the primaries have been moving slowly. Clinton's October filing with the Federal Election Commission showed her debt has been shaved down to $7.9 million.

Perhaps the most notable detail about the debt filing is that the vast majority of the remaining debt -- $5,279,535.40 -- is owed to Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates. While other vendors have been paid in part or in full, the amount owed to former chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn's firm has not changed by a single penny since July.

Asked to explain this, several fundraisers for Obama said there was a strong conviction inside the Obama camp that they did not want their efforts to benefit Penn, who was Clinton's chief strategist and advocated for the toughest attacks on Obama, according to published reports, during tense internal Clinton campaign debates on strategy.

Clinton campaign officials have said that their goal has always been to pay small vendors first. When Penn will be paid remains unclear, but for now, the controversial strategist appears to be keeping his cool.

"We've been assured -- and reassured -- that the Clinton campaign will pay in due course," a spokesman for Penn, Schoen & Berland said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 1, 2008; 1:14 PM ET
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Posted by: scrivener50 | November 2, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Just so everyone else knows, McCain was referring to the "fundamentals" being strong American workers.

Posted by: JakeD | November 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
*George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008

"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
*Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008

"The economy is fundamentally sound"
*Herbert Hoover - October, 1931

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
*John McCain - Sept 15, 2008

McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.

It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.

McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Mark Penn is funny.

This guy is for all intent and purposes a rhoid.

Posted by: Penseur | November 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse



Dick The VP Throws McCain Under The Bush:

The least popular vice president in history endorses McCain, his personal choice to succeed the least popular President (Bush) in history.

In Barack Obama's prepared remarks for Pueblo, CO, he congratulated McCain on getting on Dick the VP's endorsement:

President Bush is sitting out the last few days before the election. But earlier today, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail. He said that he is, and I quote, "delighted to support John McCain."

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.

But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?



Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I actually feel bad for Hillary DIANE Clinton. She got a raw deal from Obama during the primaries and then not even being seriously considered for his VP.

Posted by: JakeD | November 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine four more years of hearing:

My Friends

My Friends

My Friends

over and over and over again?


Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark Penn's comment that "the biggest loser in this year's election is the media"

Mark Penn is 'the biggest loser in this year's election'. What a hack.

Posted by: PulSamsara | November 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark Penn's comment that "the biggest loser in this year's election is the media" is all the insightful!

The media has been in the tank for Obama and we will pay for it!

Posted by: mwhoke | November 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Public Housing is limited and is intended for the use of American Citizens and Legal Aliens.
SO, who is going to return the tax dollars Obama's aunt stole from us?
McCain and Palin both ignored this story at this morning's rallies, but I Want to know how Obama's aunt got away with living here Illegally (that means she broke immigration law, not one's sensibilities about teen pregnancy or party affiliation)for Five Years on a Tax Payer Funded Stipend IN Taxpayer Funded Housing!

Don't Most Illegal aliens HIDE from the Government?

This Illegal Alien has a nephew who's a Senator- Did you supply a little help for your aunt Obama?

Reuters/CSPAN/Zogby Poll 10/31/08

McCain-48 Obama-47-
This IS an amazing race!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain is in big trouble, Obama Supporters are Using Huckabee in an online ad see video

Posted by: pastor123 | November 1, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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