Clinton Isn’t Paying Her Bills
And small businesses are feeling the heat. To me, that’s a big deal because while they’re spending untold millions on TV ads, they can’t pay the little guys and gals? Come on…
A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community â€” and anyone else who will listen â€” to get their cash upfront when doing business with her. Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.
Their cautionary tales, combined with published reports about similar difficulties faced by a New Hampshire landlord, an Iowa office cleaner and a New York caterer highlight a less-obvious impact of Clintonâ€™s inability to keep up with the staggering fundraising pace set by her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
And this reveals yet another reason why Hillary isn’t the strongest nominee…
The New York senatorâ€™s presidential campaign ended February with $38 million in the bank, according to a report filed last week with the Federal Election Commission, but only $16 million of that can be spent on her battle with Obama.
The rest can only be spent in the general election, if she makes it that far, and must be returned if she doesnâ€™t. If she had paid off the $8.7 million in unpaid bills she reported as debt and had not loaned her campaign $5 million, the cash she would have had available at the end of last month to spend on television ads and other up-front expenses would have been less than $2 million.
By contrast, if you subtract Obamaâ€™s $625,000 in debts and his general election-only money from his total cash on hand at the end of last month, heâ€™d still be left with $31 million.
Political pressure shouldn’t necessarily push her out, but maybe the money will?