Barack Obama asked his finance committee this afternoon to help Senator Hillary Clinton retire her debt. On a conference call that lasted about 45 minutes Obama made a personal plea to his top donors, telling them he considered it a personal imperative now that Democrats are all “one big family,” a donor who was on the call recounted to TIME. The Illinois senator praised the historic campaign run by Clinton. “You could tell these two folks have come together because, quite frankly, they are the only two people who knew what it was like,” the donor said. No amount was mentioned on the call, though Clinton has an estimated $11.4 million in personal debts to the campaign and more than $10 million in outstanding vendor debts.*
Obama was not asked to retire her personal debt; that tops $11 million.
In other fundraising news, if you put some money in McSame’s till, he is offering a ride on his bus as a prize:
Join John McCain aboard the Straight Talk Express! Be the lucky supporter to ride with John McCain on the Straight Talk Express on an upcoming bus tour. Everyone who donates between now and June 30th is eligible. To donate before the deadline on June 30th, please make your donation online today.
In the Official Rules and Restrictions, the estimated “value” of the prize ride on the bus is $1000 “although the actual value will vary depending upon the winner’s particular travel arrangements, which shall be determined at the sole discretion of the Committee” and “Making a contribution will not improve your chances of winning.”