Sen. Hillary Clinton’s political action committee to help other Democratic candidates has just $3,000 in its bank account. According to federal filings and the New York Post, her “HillPAC” political action committee has about $91,000 in cash–and $88,000 in debts. Most of the money is owed to consultant Gia Medeiros, who was fired after it was revealed she once said 9/11 victims “weren’t all good people.”
Campaign finance watchdogs say the finances of Hillary’s PAC betray its real purpose: to promote Hillary Clinton. “The main purpose of their expenditures seems to be staff, which means those staff can be used later on for her Senate campaign, presidential campaign, or anything that benefits the political career of Hillary Clinton,” said Daniel Lathrop of the Center for Public Integrity.
HillPAC spent nearly $60,000 on salaries, benefits and taxes in October 2005, which was nearly half of the $122,000 it spent. At the same time, the PAC raised only $64,000 in October. Ann Lewis, a spokeswoman for HillPAC, insisted the PAC was “on track” and said that “the way to look at HillPAC is in a campaign cycle, not a quarterly cycle.” The financial problems of HillPAC are not to be confused with Hillary’s official re-election committee, “Friends of Hillary,” which has nearly $14 million in the bank.
Big Mistake or Not?
Democrat Rep. Jack Murtha recently made news by demanding an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. However, Hillary doesn’t think this is a good idea. In fact, she is on record as calling Murtha’s notion “a big mistake.”
She said that while she respects Rep. Murtha, a decorated Vietnam veteran, pulling our troops immediately ”would cause more problems for us in America.” She added that “It will matter to us if Iraq totally collapses into civil war, if it becomes a failed state the way Afghanistan was, where terrorists are free to basically set up camp and launch attacks against us.”
At the same time, Hillary argued that the administration’s pledge to stay in Iraq “until the job is done” amounts to giving the Iraqis “an open-ended invitation not to take care of themselves.” Instead, Sen. Clinton suggests that the United States wait for Iraq’s December 15 elections to see how soon or if the Iraqis can take over. “Until they vote for a government, I don’t know that we will have adequate information about how prepared they are,” she said. “Then we have to tell this new government we are not going to be there forever, we are going to be withdrawing our young men and women and we expect you to start moving towards stability.”
Meanwhile, Hillary’s husband recently told an audience in the Middle East that the United States made a “big mistake” when it invaded Iraq. So according to Bill and Hillary, it was a “big mistake” to send our troops to Iraq, and it would be a “big mistake” to take them out of there.
New York GOP Senate hopeful Jeanine Pirro is busy sending out fundraising solicitations in her attempt to defeat Hillary, and is framing the contest as a last-ditch effort to prevent Hillary from becoming president.
“Hillary is not just a problem for New Yorkers, she is everyone’s problem,” Pirro wrote in a recent pitch which had “Stop Hillary” emblazoned at the top. Pirro bragged that “I’ve taken on the mob and won,” so “I’m not scared of Hillary Clinton or her powerful allies.” But her biggest selling point appears to be the specter of another Clinton in the White House. “No second term in the Senate = No White House in 2008” she writes. “We simply cannot let Hillary stay in the Senate where she is voting against President Bush and organizing her national political base. The math is simple.” In other words, defeating Sen. Clinton will end her White House ambition.
“Just imagine her concession speech as you write the check,” Pirro advises her potential donors. But Hillary’s campaign isn’t too worried: “Ms. Pirro’s simple math just doesn’t add up,” said Democratic Party spokesman Blake Zeff. “It’s sad that her desperate drive for campaign cash has become an inreasingly harsh pattern of insults and attacks. New Yorkers are still waiting for Ms. Pirro to offer a positive vision.”