Monday, March 31, 2008

Clinton Campaign Getting "Deadbeat" Reputation

Need further proof that Hillary’s campaign is coughing up blood? Suppliers and vendors to the Clinton campaign are reporting that they are not being paid. According to Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel her campaigns record of late or delayed payments is “earning the campaign a reputation of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.”

He goes on to say, “A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community — and anyone else who will listen — to get their cash upfront when doing business with her,”

Up front money is typical for media buys in political campaigns, but other suppliers are usually willing to give credit. Losing that vital credit could hamstring the Clinton campaign, especially when it comes to the rapid response needed on the campaign trail.

Part of the problem is a large amount of cash that cannot be used for the primary, only for the general campaign in November should she win the nomination. The Obama campaign by contrast still has plenty of cash in its war chest and is more than willing to use it.

Hillary may decide to end her campaign both because she cannot win a majority of delegates needed as well as being in the red.

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