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Bill Clinton Racing the Clock to Raise Cash for Hillary

Bill Clinton has a great idea for how to properly congratulate his wife on her nomination to be the next secretary of State: help her retire her presidential campaign debt, and fast.

In an email sent far and wide to supporters today, the former president wrote, "I am sure you have heard the exciting news: Hillary Clinton is nominated to be our next Secretary of State! This is great news for our country."

"Take a moment to celebrate this wonderful news by sending Hillary a message of congratulations," he said, providing a link to the New York senator's presidential campaign site, where you can congratulate her by taking out your credit card and making a donation to help retire her $7.5 million debt to vendors who worked on her failed presidential bid.

Clinton is racing against the clock to retire her campaign debt while she can still legally do so. Once she is confirmed by the Senate and officially becomes secretary of State, by federal law, she will no longer be allowed to solicit political contributions. Her campaign can continue to do so, but she personally would be barred. She has decided to hang on to her Senate seat until she is confirmed.

In the meantime, she and her husband will try to raise as much money as possible.

In his email solicitation, the former president - and wild-card potential future senator; though Clinton says he's not interested in his wife's seat - told supporters: "This nomination would not have been possible without the hard work of everyone like you who has supported Hillary throughout the years. I know I speak for her when I say thank you for everything you have done for her."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 2, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
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man-o-man, the money grubbing of the Clinton's knows no bounds. My guess this is what happens when you are worth hundreds of millions.... you ALWAY'S want more.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Eighteen million cracks in the ceiling. Seven and a half million cracks in the vault. I feel a draft.

Posted by: optimyst | December 2, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bill's in a hurry as once Hillary's confirmed, he's got to "clean up his act". It pays to remember that Hillary's campaign should have ended a month earlier than it did when it was apparent that she couldn't win.

Frankly, "Meals on Wheels" and a lot of other organizations that help those hit by this economic tsunami deserve funding a lot more than Hillary's campaign debt. Closed checkbook here.

Posted by: NotBubba | December 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It turns out that the 2009 horoscope for Hillary was spot on. See for the proof, and to see your own as well.

Posted by: saturdaymorningpost | December 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Why should any of us be expected to underwrite Mrs. Clinton's debt? It's gauche to even ask. Stop it, Bill.

Posted by: dchaffins | December 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, as one who supported Hilary's attempt to gain the nomination, I feel that there is no difference between Bill's asking for money to retire her debt and the Obama crew's asking for the unneeded millions in the last few days of the general election campaign. It's time for the Clinton haters, on both sides of the aisle, to get off their backs and learn to love everybody, not just their glorious leader.

Posted by: DixieCherokee | December 4, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

She didn't know when to stop, she knew she couldn't win the primaries and continued on simply as a thorn in everyone's side. No way I would contribute a dime.

Posted by: w4npx2 | December 5, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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