Clinton Camp May Need Another Loan

As donations flag, strapped campaign must cut spending
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., might find herself making out another loan check to her own campaign, if donations continue to stagnate.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's loss of momentum is taking a tangible toll on her ability to raise—and spend—money, leaving her campaign even more strapped for cash at a time she needs to pull out all the stops, the New York Times reports. Advisers say that Clinton is prepared to shell out more of her own, adding to the $11 million she's already provided.

A Clinton finance chairman points out that “people at the grass roots are still willing to spend $5, $25, $50, whatever it is, to be supportive,” but others are worried about sagging donor excitement. With debts mounting, the campaign will have to trim its spending in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oregon, and hope that wins will bring in more cash.