Sunday, March 30, 2008

The End Is Near

With 'Hillary' and 'Clinton' written on their foreheads, Jacob Tow, 9, and his sister Hannah Tow, 11, wait for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., not pictured, as she greets the audience at the Ruby Laffoon Dinner at Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky., Saturday, March 29, 2008.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

When campaign staff take pay cuts, or bills go unpaid, it's usually a sign: the end is near. A lot of Clinton's cash-on-hand is only available if she ends up in the general election; it's money she has raised from large donors who've already maxed out on contributing to the primary campaign. So she doesn't really have as much money available as she seems to.

You have to take my opinion with a grain of salt, though, as I pronounced the end of the Clinton campaign a month and a half ago.

Are those kids cute or what?

The Politico: Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills

The New York senator’s presidential campaign ended February with $38 million in the bank, according to a report filed last week with the Federal Election Commission, but only $16 million of that can be spent on her battle with Obama.

The rest can only be spent in the general election, if she makes it that far, and must be returned if she doesn’t. If she had paid off the $8.7 million in unpaid bills she reported as debt and had not loaned her campaign $5 million, the cash she would have had available at the end of last month to spend on television ads and other up-front expenses would have been less than $2 million.

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