Angry vendors, stiffed by the financially-strapped Presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, warn others to avoid doing business with the New York Senator, calling her and her organization “deadbeats” and saying they may have to sue to get paid.

Health insurance premiums weren’t paid for campaign staff members for at two three months. The campaign claims health insurance was covered. Staff members grumble quietly they were not.

For all practical purposes, Clinton’s campaign is broke and debts continue to mount. The candidate who vows to carry her all-but-hopeless campaign to the convention in Denver in August faces having her phones silenced and her electricity shut off.

“This campaign is a mess,” says one Democratic strategist. “Organizationally, financially, strategically — it’s a goddamned disaster.”

Yet Clinton — short on delegates, short on support and short on cash — vows to fight on.

Reports Kenneth P. Vogel in The Politico:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

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. Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.

Their cautionary tales, combined with published reports about similar difficulties faced by a New Hampshire landlord, an Iowa office cleaner and a New York caterer, highlight a less-obvious impact of Clinton’s inability to keep up with the staggering fundraising pace set by her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Vogel also reports:

Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out.

Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, has made her plan for universal health care a centerpiece of her agenda.

The campaign provides health insurance to all its employees, their spouses, partners and children — and that wasn’t interrupted by any lag in payments to insurance providers, said Jay Carson, a Clinton campaign spokesman.

He said the campaign this month paid off all outstanding bills to Aetna Healthcare and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Those payments will be reflected on a report the campaign will file this month with the Federal Election Commission, which Carson said will show “zero debt owed to both vendors.”

“Sometimes invoices are not paid immediately because we need additional information for our records, or to verify expenses,” Carson said in a statement e-mailed to Politico. “Sometimes invoices arrive at the very end of the month at the cutoff of the reporting period, which means that we are required to report them as a debt on the current FEC report, even where they are paid in regular course during the next month.”

But the unpaid bills to Aetna were at least two months old, according to FEC filings.

They show the campaign ended last year owing Aetna more than $213,000 for “employee benefits.”

During the first two months of the year, the campaign did not pay down any of that debt. In fact, it accrued another $16,000 in unpaid bills last month, and it finished the month owing Aetna $229,000.

As more and more information about Clinton and her faltering campaign surfaces, more questions are raised about her qualifications. The candidate who wants to run the country can’t even run her own campaign in a financially-sound way and the candidate who says she is most qualified to be commander-in-chief lied about being under fire during a visit to Bosnia and then dismissed the whole thing as a “misstatement” caused by sleep deprivation although she had repeated the same lie three times earlier.

SHARE

21 COMMENTS

  1. Richard Kane, both Hillary and McCain have long histories of double talk. They will kill each other off if they run. In the past it was the GOP who ran on a limited government and individual freedoms but since Bush 43, that has changed and it is the Democrats who want to stay out of the personal lives of Americans. The GOP knows that the voters are not able to tell right from wrong and they want the power to direct their choices. I’ve seen the party collapse under the religious right and Democrats are catching on and will work for independent responsibility for the American people. We will pay the price for this freedom and both Clinton and Obama will bring more government over the people as they believe that we are unable to live independently from the welfare of the Federal government; they may be right.

    With Hillary running with Carvell on her team and McCain, with Rove in charge, they will destroy themselves and each other. I do not trust either candidate as I have seen Clinton lie, cheat and steal in her position of First Lady. I’ve seen McCain as Senator in Arizona change his positions based on his taking money from others. No matter which one of these two win, we will still be corrupt.

    The great unknown is Obama!

  2. I’ll take two DejaVu: have you heard from Lefty or Mr horn lately? Maybe they have all the ear plugs mongstum, and we’re shut out in the open, Egad!

  3. @Verizon.net,

    I like Obama better than Hillary, but McCain scares me. I could care less that McCain persistently violates the ethic codes he helped create and is now for guns just to get the Republican nomination. But his trying to redefine present reality as an extension of the Cold War and unnecessary harshness such as after Castro retired saying, I hope Castro dies soon. And somehow imagining or lying that he was tortured by Cubans while a POW. Not much coverage outside Miami where he made the statements other than his singing “Nuke, nuke, nuke Vietnam”, so Google, McCain BBC News Castro, then add to the Goggling McCain, Cuba and/or Vietnam to see how his comments stung, and add in Kissinger to see how much a proud imperialist loves McCain.

    In the past young people didn’t get involved in politics much, so I don’t want Hillary to drop out until after the primaries are over. And if she seethes the nomination or swings it to Gore or someone else, I will work almost as hard on the election as if Obama had one.

    How about Capital Hill Blue blogging about McCain again? Whether it will be Hillary or Obama is far less important.

    I have a hysterical manuscript if I can figure out how to publish articles of Capital Hill Blue.

  4. It’s almost funny, but a campaign that is losing is a lot like a company that is going out of business. When the bills don’t get paid, the name calling, blame game, finger pointing and innuendo starts a’ flyin’. Hillary has tried every marketing gimmick she can think of, but no-one wants to buy her lousy product. And judging by the comments from the obvious Clinton supporters here, it’s all over but the shouting, as the saying goes. But the shouting’s gonna get a LOT louder as Billary and her minions further embarrass themselves . Gonna go buy me some ear-plugs, before the supply runs out…..

  5. WHINY CANDIDATES

    Seriously, I’ve not seen poor attitudes like Billary’s since….ummm…oh yeah I haven’t! Yes, the vendors should have insisted on cash up front; Billary expects everything to be handed to her. I remember about 11 years ago, a buddy of mine who used to work in WHC told me that Billary was often referred to as ‘The Old Lady’. She wasn’t too well liked back then either.

  6. No one can ever tell the truth about HRC without being accused of ‘bullying’, ‘bias’ and ‘piling-on’.
    You can’t call a lie a lie; which severely limits how much of her speeches can be commented upon.
    And she doesn’t pay her bills UNTIL it is pointed out in the national press.
    Otherwise she’s a great candidate, but not for office in this country.
    Vote for her if you like, but the writing is on the wall, in foot-tall letters.

  7. Maybe I missed something
    but I have never seen ANYTHING here at CHB that was “grossly sexist” or even slightly sexist as ‘edra’ stated. Or is it that the hillary supporters in their minds imagine that anybody that thinks hillary is a liar, or a warmonger etc… just thinks that because she is female? Are they simply in denial that the female candidate is full of fatal flaws so they lash out at those that see through hillary, calling them sexist? Are we supposed to be guilted into supporting a woman simply because she is a woman? Following that reasoning, one would be racist for voting for hillary over Obama, but I don’t hear Obama supporters calling hillary supporters bigots. Is having a woman president more important than a minority president for some reason? Are the rights of women more important than the rights of blacks (which includes black women)? Sheeesh!

Comments are closed.