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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Clinton’s Money Problem in Washington

posted by on July 11 at 17:23 PM

If anyone out there was actually waiting with bated breath to see how I resolved my “Hillary” vs. “Sen. Clinton” vs. “Hillary Clinton” problem from yesterday, the answer is here, in my presidential election column for this week’s Stranger.

More interesting than the solution to yesterday’s problem, however, is something else that’s in the column, something I discovered about the fundraiser that Bill Clinton headlined for his wife in Seattle last month: The fundraiser failed to meet its target in a big way, yet another sign of Hillary Clinton’s trouble raising money in this state.

The Seattle fundraiser with Bill Clinton, held at the downtown Westin Hotel, was initially supposed to be a $500-a-plate affair. According to Susan Sheary, who chairs the King County Democrats and volunteered at the event, the price was subsequently dropped to $250 a plate—an indication that even the former president, who won this state by wide margins in both of his campaigns, was having a hard time drawing the desired crowd for Hillary Clinton.

Colby Underwood, the hotshot local Democratic fundraiser who was tapped by the Clinton campaign to pull off the event, said he could not comment on how much was raised. But Blake Zeff, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, told me via e-mail that Bill Clinton’s appearance at the Westin raised $100,000—only half of what organizers hoped.

In Washington, it’s John Edwards and Barack Obama who are leading in the money contest:

The most recent figure available for Clinton’s total fundraising in Washington came at the end of the first fundraising quarter. She had only $89,000, compared to Obama’s $211,000 and Edwards’s $245,000, according to

What’s going on? Some theories, from Congressman Jay Inslee (who has endorsed Clinton) and King County Democrats Chair Susan Sheary (who hasn’t endorsed anyone yet) can be found in my column.

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What would be helpful in this question is to know how Obama and Edwards are doing against Clinton other states so we can compare.

Posted by um | July 11, 2007 5:47 PM

I don't know where to post this so I'm doing it here. I'm surprised no Sloggers have seen this yet:

Porn for Bible exchange

Posted by Sam | July 11, 2007 6:06 PM

nationwide Obama is leading in fundraising and no. of donors, Clinton behind, and Edwards very far behind.
clinton is ahead in th epolls by a large margin.

It may be that Clinton has simply decided not to focus on our State because or our self chopsen insignificance in th eprimary process. We chose not to have a primary, meaning Clinton may have chosen to not put effort into organizing the arcane caucus process. And our caucus date is after the all important Feb. 5th super primary.

Posted by unPC | July 11, 2007 6:21 PM

The problem was more likely with the organizers and very poor promotion. The luncheon (on a Sat afternoon no less) was originally a MIN of $1000, not $500, and no one that I talked to had even heard about it (and I hang in pro-Hillary circles).

Posted by watcher | July 11, 2007 8:01 PM

"...will be a certain tidbit I’ve uncovered about her campaign in Washington State..."

Eli: your certain "tidbit" seems to be more "bit" than "tid". So you're saying because the local Demos reduced the Hillary fundraiser attendance fee from $500 to $250, political haruspices should be able to divine karmic campaign disaster from this small pot ante.

Billiam on his own account commands more in honoraria than anyone else on earth - when they need more money, he will get it. And on January 20, 2009, they will become this century's William and Mary:

"Whilst William was away fighting, his wife, Mary II, governed the realm, but acted on his advice. Each time he returned to England, Mary gave up her power to him ungrudgingly. Such an arrangement lasted for the rest of Mary's life." [Wikipedia]

Posted by HIGH PER BEAU LEIGH | July 11, 2007 8:31 PM

Lordy, have you guys no shame? My column, my column, my column. Read it here and here. Then QUOTING YOURSELF from "my column" written from a meaningless, unoriginal angle - a snapshot of a horse race that hasn't even hit the first turn. Topping it all off, "my column" was a lousy read.

Posted by ron'l | July 12, 2007 8:53 AM

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