December 26th, 2008
02:48 PM ET

Clinton’s exit could leave fundraising hole for Dems

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Kevin Bogardus
The Hill

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) move to the Department of State could remove a significant fundraiser for Democrats.

Clinton, whom President-elect Obama has nominated as secretary of State, has raised and contributed millions of dollars to candidates and party committees since her election in 2000, and the former first lady has never been shy in traveling around the country to lend her fame to fellow Democrats.

“If you were organizing an event with her, you know you can put a number next to her name because of her star power and network,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist. “Up until you had Obama, she was in a category all by herself.”


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. earle,florida

    If we've become a country of the highest bidder were no different than "Communist China",and we deserve where were going,...and don't say it's to big to fix!

    December 26, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  2. steptoe

    Sarah Palin will be a fundraising powerhouse for the Gop.

    my 2 cents

    December 26, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  3. lampe

    After the way she was treated, I don't think she should ever fund-raise for any Democrat again. After all how many of them helped her to retire her debt?

    December 26, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  4. Janet

    That's ok..just contact Hollywood.

    December 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    I hope Hillary keeps her committees on standby – they could be useful again some day. No one knows what the future may bring and I hope that one day in the not so distant future I'll be able to vote for Hillary for President again.

    December 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm |