Where’d Your Donors Go?

This is interesting… a little funny… and embarassing all at once.

Now, we all know that Obama out fundraises Hillary, and in fact for January alone over doubled her in campaign contributions (30 mil to 14 mil).  But Hillary’s been doing alright in fundraising right?  Then why is she loaning millions of dollars to her own campaign?

Money quote from Howard Wolfson:

Late last month Senator Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million.The loan illustrates Sen. Clinton’s commitment to this effort and to ensuring that our campaign has the resources it needs to compete and win across this nation. We have had one of our best fundraising efforts ever on the web today and our Super Tuesday victories will only help in bringing more support for her candidacy.

Yes, it could be that she’s committed, or… it might also be that she’s getting a little desperate?  That the fabled Clintonista machine might be showing a little wear and tear?

I’ll give credit to Marc Ambinder who offers caution in thinking too much that this is a sign of weakness, and yes, it is possible to turn this into a “Match Hillary” fund drive, on the other hand, this just looks way too much like another presidential candidate who did a little self financing and just yesterday got widely rejected by the voters.

I’d hate to have that kind of stink start to settle around me.

This also opens yet another pretty easy line of attack on the Clinton campaign, namely the, “I’m sure there are a lot of Americans who wished they had a couple extra million dollars to fall back on when things get tough” attack.  I don’t know, maybe a direct jab or two like that framed in the right way might just leave a little bee buzzing in the bonnets of that lower middle class that Hillary seems to do so well with.

As a point of interest, I know for a fact that Obama hasn’t tapped his fund raising pool yet.  I haven’t donated… yet.

(h/t memeorandum)

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