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Hillary Wasted $36M On “Shoo-In” Campaign

From her fans at the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Clinton Won Easily, but Bankroll Shows the Toll

November 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — She had only token opposition, but Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton still spent more on her re-election — upward of $30 million — than any other candidate for Senate this year. So where did all the money go?

It helped Mrs. Clinton win a margin of victory of more than 30 points. It helped her build a new set of campaign contributors. And it allowed her to begin assembling the nuts and bolts needed to run a presidential campaign.

But that was not all. Mrs. Clinton also bought more than $13,000 worth of flowers, mostly for fund-raising events and as thank-yous for donors. She laid out $27,000 for valet parking, paid as much as $800 in a single month in credit card interest and — above all — paid tens of thousands of dollars a month to an assortment of consultants and aides.

Throw in $17 million in advertising and fund-raising mailings, and what had been one of the most formidable war chests in politics was depleted to a level that leaves Mrs. Clinton with little financial advantage over her potential rivals for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination — and perhaps even trailing some of them.

The campaign’s financial record has fueled some criticism among Democratic activists and prompted concern among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters, including complaints from some of her fund-raisers that her top aides exercised a lack of discipline.

As of mid-October, when her campaign last filed a disclosure statement with the Federal Election Commission, the senator had about $14 million on hand. That figure did not take into account spending or fund-raising in the final three weeks of the campaign, although the final tally is not expected to change much.

The Democratic Daily, a liberal Web site, accused Mrs. Clinton of “blowing a shameful $36 million” on a shoo-in campaign…

What’s this? The New York Times is expressing criticism of our next President?

They even threw in this excellent little graphic, which further drives the point home:


This of course will be the end of this. But shouldn’t somebody make Ms. Rodham explain how she can waste $36,000,000 like this when children in America are going to bed hungry?

At least according to her.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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