Clinton Spending Vexes Donors

Supporters ask why consultants are paid so much for failing campaign
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 10:52 AM CST
Bellagio's nightly water show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton's campaign spent about $25,000 on rooms at the Bellagio in January.    (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The $25,000 Hillary Clinton's sputtering campaign dropped at Vegas' posh Bellagio last month is raising eyebrows among those cutting her the checks, reports the New York Times. Add $5 million for the very strategists who engineered her string of recent failures, and donors looking over her latest campaign finance report are having some serious doubts about Clinton's spending priorities.

“Fees and payments are in line with industry standards,” said campaign communications director Howard Wolfson, who earned nearly $267,000 in January. But Clinton's gamble that the race would be decided by Super Tuesday has left her cash poor, even as her poor showings further slow donations—leaving her in the red and with little cash for a possible long haul.