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.