Hillary Clinton: U.S. presidential election, 2008/campaign finance

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the 2008 presidential election
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Speaking at the August 4, 2007, Daily Kos convention in Chicago, Clinton "drew boos and hisses from liberal bloggers when, unlike Edwards and Obama, she refused to forsake campaign donations from the special interest industry," the Associated Press reported.[1]

"I don't think, based on my 35 years of fighting for what I believe in, anybody seriously believes I'm going to be influenced by a lobbyist,... A lot of those lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans," Clinton said.[2]

"Edwards and Illinois Senator Obama say they don't accept lobbyists' money, arguing that it has a widespread corruptive influence on the political process."[3]

"Obama and Edwards showed up at the national convention of the lobbying group for the trial lawyers, the former Association of Trial Lawyers of America (who now call themselves the American Association of Justice)," Ted Frank commented August 5, 2007, in the Overlawyered Blog.[4] "There, they gave speeches (as did Clinton, Biden, and Richardson). A look at the largest donors for Obama and especially Edwards shows a disproportionate number of active members of that lobbying group. Indeed, John Edwards's finance chairman is Fred Baron, the former president of ATLA. If Obama and Edwards want voters to believe that Clinton is influenced by lobbyist money, what should we think about these two candidates' debts to trial lawyers? Are we to believe that the critical difference is the lobbyist registration papers, at which point money becomes tainted and dirty?"

"So, when will Sen. Edwards stop taking money from hedge funds? When will Sen. Obama stop taking money from Wall Street banking bundlers?" one blogger asked August 6, 2007.[5]

Lobbyist endorsements

Roll Call reports the following lobbyist endorsements for Hillary Clinton.[6]

  • Cory Alexander (Fannie Mae)
  • Michael Anderson (AndersonTuell)
  • Don Auerbach (Investment Company Institute)
  • Lyndon Boozer (AT&T)
  • Bill Broydrick (Broydrick & Associates)
  • Gerry Cassidy (Cassidy & Associates)
  • Steve Elmendorf (Elmendorf Strategies)
  • Janice Enright (Ickes & Enright Group)
  • Vic Fazio (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld)
  • Holly Fechner (Covington & Burling)
  • Jeff Forbes (Cauthen Forbes & Williams)
  • Adam Gluck (Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal)
  • Richard Goodstein (Goodstein and Associates)
  • J. Eric Gould (Tew Cardenas)
  • Fred Graefe (Law offices of Frederick H. Graefe)
  • Charles Hansen (Hansen Government Relations)
  • Tom Hebert (Ogilvy Government Relations)
  • Harold Ickes (Ickes & Enright Group)
  • Peter Jacoby (AT&T)
  • Joel Johnson (Glover Park Group)
  • John Jonas (Patton Boggs)
  • David Jones (Capitol Counsel)
  • Tim Keating (Honeywell International)
  • Alison Kutler (Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal)
  • Reta Jo Lewis (Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge)
  • Joel Malina (Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates)
  • David Marchick (Carlyle Group)
  • Tama Mattocks (Strategic Health Care)
  • Chris McCannell (Quinn Gillespie & Associates)
  • Mike McNamara (Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal)
  • Gwen Mellor (Hogan & Hartson)
  • John Merrigan (DLA Piper)
  • Mike Merola (Winning Strategies)
  • Linda Morgan (Covington & Burling)
  • Evan Morris (Roche Pharmaceuticals)
  • Ben Noble (Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group)
  • Sean O'Shea (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld)
  • Steve Palmer (Van Scoyoc Associates)
  • Peter Pappas (Pappas Telecasting Cos.)
  • Scott Pastrick (BKSH)
  • Heather Podesta (Heather Podesta & Partners)
  • Joe Pouliot (The CJR Group)
  • Steve Ricchetti (Ricchetti Inc.)
  • Mark Siegel (Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell)
  • Sandi Stuart (Clark & Weinstock)
  • Richard Sullivan (Capitol Counsel)
  • Dan Tate Jr. (Capitol Solutions)
  • David Thomas (Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti)
  • Paul Thornell (Citigroup)
  • Loretta Tuell (AndersonTuell)
  • Blair Watters (The Madison Group)
  • Anne Wexler (Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates)
  • Marcia Wiss (Hogan & Hartson)

Check the facts

On August 4, 2007, Clinton was "taken to task by her two closest rivals for accepting $400,000 in campaign contributions from Washington lobbyists. ... However, while eschewing contributions from Washington lobbyists, Edwards has accepted about $10,000 in contributions from lobbyists in his home state of North Carolina, according to the Center for Responsive Politics," CNN reported.[7]

"The Edwards campaign said there is no inconsistency because his pledge did not extend to lobbyists representing local interests. ... the Edwards campaign also said it would return a $4,600 donation from the Credit Suisse bank, which is registered to lobby in Washington," CNN said.[8]

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"Under current law, the names and fundraising totals of bundlers are not disclosed," Gary Kalman wrote July 26, 2007, in the Justice Talking Blog.[9] "All that is required is for a campaign to disclose the individual contributions of donors which is limited to $2,300 per election. This grossly understates the 'contribution' bundlers make to a campaign and provides the public with an incomplete picture of who is building access through their fundraising activities."

"Bundlers to the Obama campaign[10] are not recognized until they have raise at least $50,000. The Clinton campaign has asked bundlers to raise $1 million," Kalman wrote.

Criminal background checks on major donors

In the wake of the discovery of former fugitive and Democratic candidates/Clinton fundraiser Norman Hsu's tainted campaign contributions, the Clinton campaign announced September 10, 2007, that it "would begin conducting criminal background checks on major donors. Details are being worked out, but spokesman Howard Wolfson said the campaign would obtain permission from donors before conducting such a detailed check."[11]

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards announced September 11, 2007, "he also would start conducting criminal background checks on his top donors."[11]

"Barack Obama's campaign, however, offered no change. The Illinois senator, a Democrat, raised $58 million in the first half of the year, more than all other candidates. Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the campaign would 'continue to update our vetting procedures to best ensure we find any problems that could exist.'

"Earlier this year, Obama donated to charities about $40,000 that was raised by his longtime benefactor Antoin Rezko, who was indicted in October on federal public-corruption charges. But that was just a portion of the Rezko money: A review of Obama's campaign finance reports shows Rezko raised at least $160,000 -- and probably far more -- for the politician's campaigns dating to 1995.

"Clinton's decision to return $850,000 and institute criminal background checks on major campaign fundraisers is likely to have ripple effects beyond presidential politics. ... Other candidates also planned to follow Clinton by returning not just Hsu's direct donations but the money he raised."[11]

Check the facts

Clinton released data on her first-quarter campaign fundraising on April 1, 2007. Clinton raised $26 million, almost three times as much as any politician has previously raised at that point in a presidential election.[12]

  • Public Citizen relaunched the WhiteHouseForSale website for the 2008 elections.
  • As of July 27, 2007, Hillary Clinton had 221 bundlers for a total of $62,532,868.00 raised. Follow Hillary Clinton's total funds raised and a list of bundlers and amount raised here.
  • CQ Money Line reported on Clinton's Hillraisers as of April 25, 2007.[13]
  • FundRace 2008, The Huffington Post's searchable database: "FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is."

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See also


  1. Mike Glover and Liz Sidoti, "Obama, Edwards Criticize Clinton," Associated Press (Forbes), August 6, 2007.
  2. Kim Chapman, "Clinton Draws Fire From Obama, Edwards Over Lobbyists (Update1)," Bloomberg News, August 5, 2007.
  3. Kim Chapman, "Clinton Draws Fire From Obama, Edwards Over Lobbyists (Update1)," Bloomberg News, August 5, 2007.
  4. Ted Frank, "Assignment Desk: Edwards, Obama, and lobbyist money," Overlawyered Blog, August 5, 2007.
  5. Sasha Johnson, "Edwards to Talk Up Trade," Political Ticker Blog/CNN, August 6, 2007.
  6. "White House Endorsement Watch. K Street Endorsements," Roll Call.
  7. "Sen. Clinton slammed for taking $400K from lobbyists," CNN, August 6, 2007.
  8. "Sen. Clinton slammed for taking $400K from lobbyists," CNN, August 6, 2007.
  9. Gary Kalman, "Campaigners Who Raise A Bundle," Justice Talking Blog, July 26, 2007.
  10. Barack Obama/Campaign Financing: Bundlers, SourceWatch.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Dan Morain and Tom Hamburger, "Campaigns feel the effects of Hsu case. Clinton and Edwards plan to conduct criminal background checks on major donors. And more money will be returned," Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2007.
  12. Anne E. Kornblut, "Clinton Shatters Record for Fundraising. Edwards Also Passes 1st-Quarter Benchmark," Washington Post, April 2, 2007.
  13. This is the old Political Money Line link: http://www.politicalmoneyline.com/docs/Clintonbundlers4-15-07.doc.pdf for Hillary Clinton Hillraisers as of April 25, 2007. PoliticalMoneyLine is now CQ Money Line, which requires a subscription.

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