Clinton’s Leadership PAC Outraises All Democrats

Posted August 1, 2003 at 5:41pm

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) solidified her position as the biggest fundraiser among Congressional Democrats, pulling in $718,000 in the first half of the year for her leadership political action committee.

That haul is more than $230,000 higher than any other Democrat raised for a leadership PAC.

In turn, Clinton gave out $120,000 from HILLPAC to Democratic candidates and committees, more than all but two Democrats. She’s in California this week continuing a book tour that will allow her to headline events for other Democratic candidates, money that comes on top of the dollars she doles out from the PAC.

“The Senator is committed to raising money for Democrats, and this is one way she does it, through the PAC,” said Patti Solis Doyle, director of HILLPAC.

Clinton’s first donation of the new election cycle — $15,000 in late January — went to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; it was the maximum that a PAC can give a party committee per year. Clinton has also “maxed” out to the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The first candidate to receive a contribution from HILLPAC was Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); he received a $5,000 check sent to his campaign March 31.

Clinton has done little fundraising so far for her re-election committee, Friends of Hillary, which had $387,000 on hand as of June 30. But Clinton expects to boost that total on the book tour, for which the DSCC has established a joint-fundraising committee that allows donors at big events to cut one check to the committee named after Clinton that is then divvied out to Friends of Hillary, the DSCC and other Senate candidates.

She launched the FriendsofHillary.com site last week, on which visitors can pay $1,000 to get a limited edition, specially bound and personally inscribed copy of her memoir, “Living History.”

For $500 to her re-election campaign, donors get a copy of the book with a short note signed into the book jacket by the Senator. For $150, they get a copy of the book with Clinton’s autograph.

For $75, donors get a commemorative “Living History” bookmark.