Obama Backers Cool to Clinton Debt Relief

Hillary campaign reports 'paltry sum' of less than $100K donated so far
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:01 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wave to supporters at a campaign event in Unity, N.H., Friday, June 27, 2008, their first joint public...   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Supporters of Barack Obama have yet to ante up any substantial sums to help retire the record-breaking debt Hillary Clinton accrued during her failed campaign, the New York Times reports. Many Obama backers scoff at the idea of writing a check for an opponent so eager to disparage their man, while others only want their money used to help beat John McCain.

Clinton campaign officials report that only a “paltry sum” of less than $100,000 has been contributed by Obama donors—a far cry from the $23 million she is in the red. Clinton supporters have also complained about a lack of effort from the Obama camp to integrate the two factions through joint fundraising and honorary campaign titles.