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Sweet column: Clinton said it means "nothing" if Obama outraises her. An inside look at HRC fund-raising machine.


In a rare look inside the White House campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the Sun-Times has learned she — or former President Clinton — has booked at least 26 fund-raising events between May 31 and June 30, the end of the second fund-raising quarter.

Despite the fund-raiser sprint, there is the prospect chief rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will beat Clinton in second quarter fund-raising. I asked Clinton what this would mean to her campaign and Clinton replied: “It would mean nothing to my campaign. Nothing at all.

"When I ran in 2000, I was out-raised 2 to 1, and we’re going to do really well. I hope other Democrats do well because that shows the appetite for change. But for me, all I care about is that we’re going to have the resources we need to run a winning campaign. And we will.’’

Clinton’s “nothing” remark came at the end of a press conference Tuesday morning to tout the endorsement of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), on a day with two fund-raisers on her schedule, including a lunch billed as a “Conversation with Women of Color” and a reception.

Earlier this month I reported Obama’s fund-raising team booked at least 23 events between May 22 and June 29.

Obama’s camp has been down-playing fund-raising expectations, giving out a lowball $20 million estimate. The haul likely will be at least $25 million between April 1 and June 30.

Clinton is on track to raise about $20 million. Clinton’s fund-raising schedule this week has her appearing at events in Washington, Baltimore, Dallas, Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, capped with a reception hosted by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in East Brunswick, N.J.

The former president is also a major draw for his wife, with her fund-raising schedule having him at events in Providence, Boston and Philadelphia earlier this month. Obama was in Los Angeles on Monday for fund-raising and Clinton returns to southern California on June 22 for several events; she hits Chicago again on June 25.

Longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe hosts a barbecue with both Clintons July 1 — the start of the third quarter — at his home in McLean, Va.

Meanwhile, former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) visits Chicago (home to Obama's headquarters) today for fund-raising, with a happy hour stop at BB’s Bar and Restaurant, 22 E. Hubbard, while Obama is in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Edwards is basing his campaign.


Hillary Clinton is one of the most EFFECTIVE campaigners in American History. Obama has very serious baggage with Rezko.
Hillary knows this. She also knows about Riady and Bill.
However, at some point, if necessary, that will not be a factor.
Hlllary's lower numbers are deceptive in that the average income and educational levels, apparantly, for her donor's are lower that of Obama's.

The only person with serious baggage in this race is Hillary. Senator Obama is a political phenom the likes of which we aren't likely to see again anytime soon!


The Rezko thing is just the kind of character assassination that Obama refuses to engage in, and has elevated his campaign to stay above. There is no tie to misconduct on Obama's part with Rezko, whatsoever. Obama was the Democratic pointman on ethics reform in the 110th Congress, and tirelessly fought for campaign finance reform and ethics reform while a state senator in Illinois.

I don't know where you got that ridiculous point about Hillary's donors coming from lower income backgrounds. She has hosted more $2300 a plate dinners than any other Democrat this campaign season, has far fewer overall donors than Obama, and also she has not refused to accept money from lobbyists and PACs as Obama has done.

Who calls Rezko serious baggage with a serious face? Please. There's nothing serious about it.

On the other hand, lets read "Her Way" for some real baggage. The details of Hillary's time in the senate are alarming.

Neither the Senator Clinton, nor Obama should forget the commitment the U.S made towards the U.N. Millennium Goals in 2000. According to The Borgen Project, an annual $19 billion dollars is needed to end world hunger by the year 2025. To my sense, it is almost unacceptable to have spent so far more than $340 billion in Iraq only, when we have more than war immunities to change the world and eliminate poverty

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