Monday, March 31, 2008

Clinton Falling Behind on the Bills

Nothing to do with Florida, but this represents the nightmare scenario of every political consultant. Unfortunately, it happens all too often (though rarely on this scale).

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has been running in the red for sometime. Her response, apparently, has been to not pay a number of bills over the last few months. Television adertising must be paid for upfront, so she is not paying some bills in states whose primaries have alrady taken place in order to pay for tv spots in states with upcoming elections like Pennsylvania and Indiana. As a result, at least one company in Ohio - the state that kept her hopes alive - is still owed $25,000 for event production costs.

Let me tell you, for most of us, $25,000 is no small matter. We are not millionaires living in McMansions on the water. We are small businessmen for whom $25,000 can be the difference between not making it and making it - between keeping one's home and moving back in with one's parents at age 35.


At 3/31/2008 03:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an operative I know it's pretty common to put off paying a campaign's bills. I also know that if you can afford a $5M loan to the campaign then it is incumbent on you as the candidate to pay those debts back before you pay yourself back. This is bad form by Clinton.

At 4/01/2008 12:52:00 AM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

Apparently, she has also failed to pay almost $300,000 in health insurance premiums for her staff.

Not sure if this amounts to an argument for or against her plan to expand health insurance to cover every American.


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