Dems Stand to Lose Clinton's Fundraising Chops

Cabinet officials usually refrain from helping other candidates
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 2:26 PM CST
In this Dec. 1, 2008, file photo President-elect Barack Obama, left, stands with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., after announcing that she is his choice as Secretary of State during a news conference...   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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(Newser) – Democrats may lose a powerful fundraiser in Hillary Clinton when she becomes secretary of state, the Hill reports. Cabinet officials usually avoid overt campaigning for other candidates, and Clinton’s fundraising prowess and network are likely to be particularly missed: HillPAC, Clinton’s leadership political action committee, has directed more than $2.9 million to other Dems since 2002.

“If you were organizing an event with her, you know you can put a number next to her name,” said one Democratic strategist. “Until Obama, she was in a category all by herself.” Some Democrats think, if appointed, Caroline Kennedy could replace Clinton as a financial heavyweight: “The moment it becomes official, she becomes a superstar."