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."
Mary Ann Akers
December 2, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
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