WASHINGTON—I’ve learned some more details about the Obama team approach to help Clinton pay off some of her primary debt.
Hat tip to ABC, AP and CNN for their scoops on the Tuesday conference call presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) held with members of his National Finance Committee, where he asked his best fund-raisers to help Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) retire primary debt. (Not the $12 million loan she gave her campaign to keep her bid alive)
Now for more.
*National Finance Chair Penny Pritzker led the call; it started at about 5:15 central and lasted some 30 minutes. Obama was on between five and ten minutes.
*While Clinton owes vendors some $10 million, the Obama money people were not asked to raise any certain amount.
*There is the thought that even if Obama was to make an e-mail appeal to his small donors for Clinton--his band of low-dollar netroots loyalists would not be willing to make donations for a campaign in the past when Obama needs money for the November contest and he is not taking pubic funds.
The Obama call was part of a series of money-and-unity related event this week where Obama and Clinton wash each others hands. On Thursday, Obama and Clinton appear together before Clinton’s top donors—at the Mayflower Hotel here. The idea is for Clinton big bundlers to get the unity “ask” from Obama himself. While this is a fund-raising event, no one is being asked to write to a check for Obama in order to get in the door. On Friday Obama and Clinton appear together in Unity, N.H., a town where they both got 107 votes in the January primary.
Invited to the Thursday gathering: Clinton “Hillraisers” from across the country who raised $100,000 or more plus Washington area bundlers with a lower threshold; the thresh-hold for them to get to the Mayflower is raising $25,000.
*The Obama call had to come before the Thursday Obama/Clinton mixer in order to convey this message: “We’ll see how supportive the Clinton money people are of Obama. As a bid toward unity, we want to make clear we are willing to help Clinton—but we’ve got a ton of money to raise for Obama. But for the good of the unity cause, we will help her put some money together.”